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Lunch with the History People: Brian McMahon

Jul 18, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | Free | Duluth Depot

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Brian McMahon has written numerous articles and has lectured on architecture, industry and urban history. He also has created several museum exhibits, including “Bungalows of the Twin Cities.” In 2017, Brian presented for the Society on his book entitled “The Ford Century in Minnesota.”

Brian returns to discuss “Architects Small House Service Bureau.” In order to secure their place in the home building market during the early 1900’s, architects from Minnesota devised a new approach to produce low-cost house designs for prospective homeowners, created by professional architects. This concept arose as a way to compete with the free blueprints, which were circulating through publications and stores. They generated high-quality designs for small houses that were compiled in a catalog. Eventually, this idea was embraced by architects throughout the country. During the lunch, attendees can see these designs and learn how many of these structures are still around today, even in Duluth.

This event is held in the Ruth Maney Room on the first floor of the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot). Seating is first-come, first-served limited theater-style with no tables, but attendees are invited to bring their own bag lunch. Arco coffee will be provided.

During any presentation, the views and findings expressed are solely that of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the position or opinion of the St. Louis County Historical Society, its board or staff.


Jul 18, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
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