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Architecture, classicism vs. romanticism - History Break, Jan. 16

The Goodhue County Historical Society History Break this month will be "Classicism vs. Romanticism: How Two Competing Architectural Theories Shaped Red Wing's Built Environment in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries." The event will start noon Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the history center.

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.