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The Dutch Colonial Revival, now known as the A.G. Thomson House, was originally built for William N. Ryerson in 1909, who was of Dutch descent, at a cost of approximately $17,000. It was designed by Minneapolis architect, Edwin H. Hewitt -a native of Red Wing, Minnesota, “whose impeccable credentials included an apprenticeship with Cass Gilbert and a diploma from the celebrated Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris” (Millett, Larry; Lost Twin Cities; 1992). Among Hewitt’s better known buildings in the Twin Cities are the Minneapolis Club, Blake School, Hennepin Avenue Methodist Church, the Charles A. Pillsbury House, the Northwestern Bell Telephone Building (presently Qwest), St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (designed the same year as the A.G. Thomson House), and the Architects and Engineers Building. (more…)

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