1942-1975 Ice Palaces

The 1942-1975 Ice Palaces

The 1942 palace at Highland Park golf course, designed by Clarence Wigington, melted prior to completion and no carnivals were held between 1943 and 1945. Wigington designed the next palace to be constructed in 1947, but it also melted prior to completion.

1942 Ice Palace elevation drawing

An ice palace wall was constructed around the Como Park Pavilion in 1948.

1948 Ice Palace

1949 and 1950 saw basic ice frames in Victory Square at the corner of 4th and Wabasha, likewise in Rice Park in 1952. Between 1967 and 1972, Parker Seiler, a teacher from Michigan, designed, and was contracted to build, snow castles on Kellogg Boulevard between Cedar and Minnesota.

1949 Ice Structure
1950 Ice Structure

Bob Olsen, a St. Olaf College student, and former assistant to Seiler, designed the 1975 palace on Harriet Island. Built of manufactured ice, near the Cap Wigington Pavilion, it was reminiscent of the 1947 ice palace.

Featured image: The 1975 Ice Palace with Bob Olsen

More Ice Palace History:
1886 Ice Palace
1887 Ice Palace
1888 Ice Palace
1889-1900 Ice Palaces
1916-1917 Ice Palaces
1930-1937 Ice Palaces
1938-1941 Ice Palaces
1942-1975 Ice Palaces
1976-2004 Ice Palaces