UMD Welcomes Architectural
Historian Ron Ramsay
Ron Ramsay, architectural historian and associate professor
at North Dakota State University, will speak on “Public Buildings
that Create Community: the Minnesota State Capitol, Duluth’s Civic
Center, and UMD’s Weber Music Hall,” at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday,
September 29. Ramsay’s talk will be held in UMD’s Kirby
Ballroom. The lecture is free. Refreshments will be served to those
attending the lecture. A dinner ($26 per person) will precede the lecture,
beginning at 6 pm.
The event is sponsored by the UMD Office of University
Relations and the AIA Northern Minnesota Chapter. For information, or
to make reservations for the dinner, contact Cheryl Reitan, 218-726-7110.
In his presentation, Ron Ramsay will explore the concept
of creating community through architecture. The UMD's Weber Music Hall,
designed by Cesar Pelli, the Minnesota State Capitol, designed by Cass
Gilbert, and the Duluth Civic Center, designed by Daniel Burnham, will
be three of the examples Ramsay will cite. He'll answer the questions
“How does architecture help define a community? How do buildings
reflect a common culture? and How does the shape, design and purpose
of a structure determine how it is actually used?”
This conference is one of a several initiatives created through the
University of Minnesota Capitol Centennial Committee to help celebrate
the 100th anniversary of the Minnesota State Capitol.
Ronald L M. Ramsay, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture
and Landscape Architecture, North Dakota State University (Master of
Architecture, University of Texas, 1990; Bachelor of Architecture University
of Oklahoma 1970)
Ramsay is affiliated with the Society of Architecture
Historians and the National Trust for Historic Preservation as well
as a number of regional and local historical organizations. He also
studied historic preservation with James Marston Fitch at Columbia University.
Ramsay has published widely on architectural issues. His
research interests include: Frank Lloyd Wright, the development of the
architectural profession, 19th century architecture and decorative art,
the Progressive Era, and religious architecture.
Written by Cheryl Reitan. Posted August 24, 2005
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