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Boehme and Cordella collection

Identifier: N203

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains floor plans and elevation details for the Minneapolis Brewing Company (Grain Belt Brewery) warehouse in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


  • 1910


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Restrictions on Access

Available for use in the Manuscripts Division reading room. Advance notice is requested.

Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on the use of materials in this collection. Copies can be requested if the condition of the originals warrants it.

Biographical Note

Christopher Adam Boehme was born on January 16, 1865 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was a builder and contractor and completed the special course in architecture offered by the University of Minnesota, the only available architectural training in the area before the establishment of the School of Architecture at the University in 1916. For 14 years, Boehme worked with architect Warren Dunnell. Christopher Boehme died on November 24, 1916.

Victor Cordella was born on January 1, 1872 in Krakow, Poland. He came to the United States in 1893 and worked under architects in Minneapolis and St. Paul, including Cass Gilbert, Warren Dunnell and Charles Aldrich. Victor Cordella died on April 12, 1937.

In 1903, Boehme and Cordella formed the Boehme & Cordella architectural firm. The partnership lasted eight years and was noted for producing a number of notable church designs, including St. Joseph's Catholic Church (Browerville) and Our Lady of Lourdes (Little Falls). The most well known structure designed during their partnership was the Swan Turnblad residence, now the American Swedish Institute (1903-1907).


0.50 Cubic Feet


Collection contains the blueprints for the Minneapolis Brewing Company (Grain Belt Brewery) warehouse in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Physical Location

High Bay

Additional Finding Aid

An unpublished finding aid with detailed contents is available in the Manuscripts Division.


The Boehme and Cordella collection is an artificial collection, separated from the Minneapolis Plan Vault collection (N 115).

Related Material

See also the American Swedish Institute collection (N 10) in the Northwest Architectural Archives.

Boehme and Cordella collection
Karen Spilman
April 2005
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