The Twin City Scenic
The Twin City Scenic
The Twin City Scenic Studio
Mezzanine, High Bay
almost 2,000 sketches, model pieces, photographs and renderings of backdrops
pertaining to scenic design and painting.
Minnesota Libraries. Performing Arts Archives, Manuscripts
Access and Use
Donated by W.R. Brown, past president of the Twin City Scenic Studio,
The collection is open and available for use.
Contact the archivist regarding the copyright to these materials.
Alternate Form AvailableThe following is a link to an online database containing digitized
versions of the renderings in this collection:
The Twin City Scenic collection (PA 43), Performing Arts Archives,
University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.
Three employees of the Bijou Opera House in Minneapolis founded the
Twin City Scenic Studio in 1895. The Studio created elaborate scene sets for
theatre productions all across the United States. The peak production of the
studio was from its inception until the mid 1920s. After the stock market crash
of 1929 and the introduction of "talkies" the studio began to shift its focus
from primarily designing and painting scenery for theatre to developing drapery
and display work for non-theatre organizations, such as department stores and
auditoriums. The studio closed in 1980 after a fire destroyed its building.
Collection Scope and Content Note
The collection contains almost 2,000 items produced by the Twin City
Scenic Studio. Items include scenic drops, picture screens, studio photographs
of renderings, sample interiors and model pieces.
See also the publication The Twin City Scenic
collection : popular entertainment, 1895-1929 : [exhibition], April 5-June 14,
1987, University Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
An unpublished finding aid with detailed contents is available in the
- This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog
of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about
related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these
- Twin City
- Scene painting -- Minnesota
- Theater -- Minnesota --
- Theater -- Minnesota -- Saint