Traphagen and Fitzpatrick papers, 1892-1893

Traphagen and Fitzpatrick


2.5. cu. ft.
The collection contains the blueprints for the Torrey Building (Duluth, 1892-93), including floor plans, framing plans and details.
Oliver Traphagen was born in Tarrytown NY, and moved with his family to St. Paul in the 1870s where he became an apprentice in the office of George Wirth. Traphagen moved to Duluth in 1882, where he worked as a carpenter and architect. In 1890, Traphagen became a partner of Francis Fitzpatrick. The partnership lasted until 1894, when Fitzpatrick moved to Washington D.C. Traphagen continued to practice in Duluth until 1898 when he moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where he had a successful practice until 1907. In 1907 Traphagen moved to Alameda, California, where he practiced until he retired in 1925.
Francis Fitzpatrick was born in Montreal. He was employed as a draftsman from 1884 to 1887 by L.S. Buffington in Minneapolis, then worked for the Orff Brothers from 1888-1889, and in 1890, was manager of the Minnesota Decorating Company. In 1890, Fitzpatrick joined Traphagen in a partnership in Duluth which lasted until 1896, when Fitzpatrick moved to Washington D.C. to work as foreman of the Office of the Supervising Architect of the Treasury, 1897-1903. During that time, Fitzpatrick is known to have supervised construction of the Chicago Post Office and possibly the U.S. Government Building in Chicago, as well as working as a freelance draftsman. In 1903, Fitzpatrick set up a private practice until about 1918, when he became head of the architectural department of the Bankers Realty Investment Company of Omaha. By 1919, Fitzpatrick was residing in Evanston, Illinois.
Available for use in Manuscripts Division reading room.
Unpublished finding aid available.

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