April 1, 2008

Architect Behind Original Guthrie Theater Dies

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As the preeminent modernist architect in Minnesota for a half-century, Ralph Rapson had an out-sized impact on his adopted state.

He designed the original Guthrie Theater, headed the University of Minnesota’s Architecture Department for 30 years and turned out seemingly endless plans for embassies, churches, homes, innovative furniture and an unrealized master plan for the redesign of southeast Minneapolis.

Rapson died Saturday at his Minneapolis home of heart failure. He was 93.


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