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Programs & Events

Modern Architecture in Wayzata

Wayzata + The Modern Movement

(Modern Architecture 1892-1970)

Thursday, April 9, 2020 POSTPONED
7:00 p.m.
Wayzata Community Room
600 Rice Street E.
Wayzata, MN 55391

Due to the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, our spring program will not be held on April 9, 2020. We are sorry for this inconvenience and will keep you updated with a new date when it becomes available.

Please note that the remainder of our 2020 programs will go on as scheduled unless otherwise specified. At present, our next program entitled “Yellow Jackets: The Story of Lake Minnetonka’s Streetcar Boats” is scheduled for Thursday, July 9. The Wayzata Historical Society archives and Depot museum are tentatively scheduled to reopen on May 2. We will keep you updated if anything changes.

Thank you all for your support and understanding as we navigate through this strange and difficult time. Please email us at or call us at (952) 473-3631 if you have any questions. In the meantime, take care and stay well!

Wayzata and the 55391 zip code have long been regarded as a hotbed for modern design. Beginning as an anomaly with the completion of Frank Long’s “Squirrel’s Nest” cottage in 1892, modernism would soon proliferate throughout the community and the world. Two world wars later, it would become mainstream.

We hope you will join us at the Wayzata Community Room on Thursday, April 9 as we explore the history of the Modern Movement in the Wayzata area. We’ll cover local connections to the global movement and work our way through the various design eras up to 1970, when the Dayton-Burnet house (Ferndale) was completed. Works by famous architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Philip Johnson, Ralph Rapson, and others will be included.

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