The Endicott Building, Then & Now at the MMAA Project Space

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It’s the building you see through the skyways, drive past on your way downtown, and point out to friends visiting the Twin Cities. But do you know the history that stands behind those four walls? Join former Pioneer Press architect critic and Lost Twin Cities author (yep, that’s the book the PBS program is based on) Larry Millett for the full story tonight.

When Millett traipses those same skyways, he peers down on former trolley tracks, disappeared diners and once-proud skyscrapers. His brain is full of the past of the Twin Cities, the cities he grew up in and his beat during his tenure at the Pioneer Press, which has since been replaced by new development and city-friendly parking structures. It should come as no surprise that he knows the Endicott Building inside out, and he’s willing to share that font of knowledge with the community. Passionate about protecting the Cities’ design assets but realistic in accepting the demands of a living, breathing metro, Millett’s latest project is a book documenting and honoring the Mid-Century Modern architectural tradition here. Catch his thoughts on the Endicott with a lecture and walking tour, plus a wine and cheese reception. Reserve your spot by calling Ardie Medina at 651-797-4168. 6 p.m. Free. —EK

Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space, 332 N. Robert St., St. Paul, 651-797-2571, mmaa.org