Willard Thorsen collection
Scope and Content Note
The collection contains floor and foundation plans, roof and floor framing and foundation details for Apache Plaza shopping center, the second enclosed mall constructed in Minnesota. Apache Plaza was known for its modern construction, including a roof marked by ten inverted hyperbolic paraboloids and thin columns that resembled upside-down umbrellas in the central court.
- Thorsen, Willard Lien (Person)
Language of Materials
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.
Willard Lien Thorsen was born on March 10, 1924 in Mason City, Iowa. He attended the University of Chicago and the University of Minnesota, earning his bachelor's degree in architecture in 1949. He began his career as a draftsman for Thorshov and Cerny in Minneapolis. In 1957, he founded Thorsen Associates; the firm changed its name to Thorsen & Thorshove, Inc. in 1961. Thorsen was an imaginative and innovative architect of shopping malls in Minnesota. He designed Apache Plaza (St. Anthony Village), Northtown (Blaine), Apache Mall (Rochester), Har-Mar Mall (Roseville), Brainerd Mall (Brainerd) and St. Croix Mall (Oak Park Heights). Willard Thorsen died in 1998.
1.0 Cubic Feet
Collection contains only the plans for the Apache Plaza shopping center, the second enclosed shopping mall constructed in Minnesota.
Additional Finding Aid
An unpublished finding aid with detailed contents is available in the Manuscripts Division.
- Shopping malls -- Designs and plans Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Thorsen and Thorshov Inc. (Minneapolis, Minn.)
- Willard Thorsen collection
- Karen Spilman
- April 2005
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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