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History Break – Classicism vs. Romanticism – CANCELED

January 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Spend your lunch hour at the Goodhue County History Center for our monthly free lunchtime program! Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch with them to enjoy while they soak up stories.


This program has been canceled due to unavoidable circumstances. We apologize for any inconvenience. 


Architectural trends change over time – what was popular 10 years ago now seems dated and out of favor. This swing between competing architectural theories is not new. In the 19th and early 20th century Red Wing’s residential architectural landscape changed rapidly, cycling between styles influenced by two competing theories of design: Classicism and Romanticism. This talk will focus on how architectural taste was shaped and formed on the national level and how these “high brow” theories impacted construction in a small river city in the Midwest.


Carrie Becker has been involved in the preservation of Red Wing’s historic architectural resources for over 40 years beginning with stints as a planning department summer intern in the late 1970s. After completing graduate work in Historic Preservation Planning, she returned to town to work on the nomination of downtown as a historic district, assisted numerous property owners with historic rehabilitation plans, and authored The Houses of Red Wing: An Illustrated Guide to Architectural Styles of 1850 to 1950 (available for sale at the Goodhue County History Center’s gift shop). After 35 years of ownership, she is still not done with the restoration work on her 1894 home located in Red Wing’s West Historic Residential District.

Romantic architecture

Classical derived architecture









Space is limited to 60 people


January 16
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Goodhue County History Center
1166 Oak Street
Red Wing, MN 55066 United States
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