NEWSBRIEF: Submissions requested for Washington County architecture exhibit

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To celebrate county architectural history, the Historic Courthouse in Stillwater is organizing “People & Places: Architecture in Washington County.”

Do you have stories, photographs or documents on special houses in Washington County? The Historic Courthouse plans to focus a new exhibition on the people who lived in special architecture in Washington County and is looking for contributions. The deadline to submit materials is April 30.
The exhibition will highlight various architectural styles found in the St Croix River Valley from pre-1850 to 1960. Sections may include: lost history (sites and buildings that are no longer); early settlers; businesses; leisure and entertainment; schools; churches; law and order (prisons, courthouse); Victorian and turn of the century; unique homes; modern (1950-60).

The St Croix River Valley has beautiful natural scenery, lovely Victorian homes, history and connections to a shared past. All of these elements inform the built environment. From Scandia in the north to where the St Croix and Mississippi rivers converge in the south, the county has a rich architectural history. The area has several examples of built structures from leading architects such as Clarence H Johnston, Cass Gilbert and Frank Lloyd Wright, some of the earliest European settlers’ buildings, as well as important local Native American sites.
For more information, call 651-275-7075, email or see

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