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Percy Dwight Bentley collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: N186

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains plans for two buildings designed by Percy D. Bentley, the Freeman residence (1928) in Minneapolis and the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity house at the University of Minnesota (1928). Remodeling plans, designed by Albitz Design Inc., of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity are also included in the collection (1975, 1978).


  • 1928, 1975, 1978


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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

Percy Dwight Bentley was born on January 30, 1885 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1907 and the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1911. Before becoming a professional architect, Bentley was an accomplished pianist and played with a St. Paul (MN) orchestra.

Bentley was a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright and designed many large residences in the LaCrosse area. He also designed homes and businesses in St. Paul. He was a member of the following architectural firms: Bell & Bentley, Bentley and Hausler, Percy D. Bentley and Bentley-Worthen Architects. In 1935, Bentley relocated to Oregon, and continued his architectural career in the Eugene area. Percy Bentley died on February 2, 1968.


0.5 Cubic Feet


Collection contains the plans for two buildings designed by Percy D. Bentley.

Physical Location

Mezzanine; High Bay

Additional Finding Aid

An unpublished finding aid with detailed contents is available in the Manuscripts Division.

Percy Dwight Bentley collection
Karen Spilman
April 2005
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Collecting Area Details

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