Minneapolis, MN 55407
Created by the African American Interpretive Center of Minnesota, this exhibit showcases the social history of three black Minnesotans who impacted the architecture and design of Minneapolis and St. Paul: Clarence "Cap" W. Wigington, Casiville Bullard, and William Hazel. The exhibit features maps and blueprints that will encourage visitors to appreciate familiar Twin Cities buildings in a new way.
Cap Wigington's designs for the Winter Carnival Ice Castles and the Highland Park Water Tower made him a force in Minnesota architectural circles. His contemporary, Casiville Bullard, left Tennessee for Minnesota in the late 1890s to complete stonework on the State Capitol. As a stoneworker, Bullard contributed his skill to a variety of structures in the state including Pilgrim Baptist Church, the St. Paul Cathedral, and the Foshay Tower.
William Hazel was a well-known architect and sought-after stained glass artist, and his move to Minnesota grabbed locals' attention when The Appeal newspaper announced his arrival. He worked as one of the few African American designer-salesmen for Tiffany & Company and went on to teach at the Tuskegee Institute and Howard University.
The exhibit will also create a snapshot of the racial climate in which the builders performed their craft and illustrate what career development looked like for black people in Minnesota in the 19th and 20th centuries.
The exhibit is located in the museum's central Mill Commons and is free and open to the public during regular museum hours Aug. 8-Oct. 27, 2019.
Exhibit partners: Mill City Museum, LSE Architects, fiveXfive art consultants, Color Space Art and Imaging, and TPT's Daniel Bergin.
2019-10-27 12:00:00 2019-10-27 12:00:00 America/Chicago "The Builders: Shaping Minnesota's Architectural Landscape on the Color Line" Exhibit Closing Mill City Museum