HWJ the “Wild” Man of Tangletown

Harry Wild Jones – Minneapolis

Elizabeth Vandam’s new biography of Minneapolis architect
Harry Wild Jones is absolutely wonderful!

The book begins with the history of Jones himself and his
education as an architect at MIT. Jones had tremendous
energy and charm which brought him many commissions.

Jones is perhaps best known as the architect of Washburn Park,
now known as Tangletown, the graceful, slopping neighborhood
in Minneapolis between 50th and Nicollet and Minnehaha creek.
His shingle style double towered home Elmwood still stands
and is now a bed and breakfast.

Elizabeth Vandam presents the incredible variety of Jones’
work – houses for the wealthy and upper middle class,
boathouses and pavillions some for the Minneapolis
Park board and many churches including his most
exquisite, the Lakewood Cemetery chapel.

Appendix B of the book is a comprehensive catalog
of Jones work inlcuding photos and drawings.
This book is worthy of many architectural/preservation
publication awards…Vandam’s book should win them all!

To order a copy of the book, contact the author:
Elizabeth A. Vandam
VANDAM5@aol.com

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2 Responses

  1. I don’t know a lot about architecture, but that sounds interesting.

  2. Great book, it has been very popular with our patrons at the Hennepin History Museum.

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