Remembering the Work of Ralph Rapson

Even if you really do not know the identify Ralph Rapson, you know his get the job done. The modernist architect, who moved to Minnesota in the 1950s to run the College of Minnesota’s Faculty of Architecture and ultimately commence a personal organization, created scores of buildings around the metro—Riverside Plaza, St. Paul’s Prince of Peace Lutheran Church for the Deaf, the original Guthrie, and a lot more. He worked nearly up to the working day he died in 2008 (at 93 yrs outdated), diligently developing a much more beautiful Minnesota. “He cherished the Midwest,” says his son Toby Rapson, who now operates Rapson Architects. “He was courted by Columbia and Princeton, and they worked tricky to test to pull him absent, but he by no means went. He beloved Minnesota.”

Brutalist Minnesota

Rapson was the dean of the U of M’s University of Architecture for 30 years—what his son

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