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Paul Haugen papers

Identifier: N26

Scope and Content Note

This collection is composed of eight Xerox copies of correspondence, articles, and photographs documenting his career as an architect and painter. The photographs portray some of his residences designed in the Prairie School style, including the Oberhoffer residence (1913) and the Orchard Lake School near Burnsville (ca. 1915).


  • 1913-1915
  • 1972


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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

Paul Haugen, an architect and landscape painter, began his architectural career as an apprentice in Fargo, North Dakota. After moving to Minneapolis, he worked as a draftsman for Purcell, Feick & Elmslie, and Kees and Colburn before creating a partnership with Oscar Newstrom. Haugen and Newstrom split after five years because of a lack of commissions during World War I. At various times in his career, Haugen was associated with several architectural firms, such as H.L. Stevens, a Chicago hotel builder; Magney & Tusler; Haxby & Bissell; William Channing Whitney and Ellerbe & Co. in the Twin Cities. Through his work with Purcell, Feick & Elmslie, he was influenced by the Prairie School style of architecture and ornamentation. While on his own for a brief span of time around 1913, he designed several residences and a school south of Minneapolis in this style, including a dwelling for Emil Oberhoffer, the first conductor of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra.

After 16 years as a consultant in the Architectural and Engineering Department of the 3M Companies in St. Paul and a 50-year architectural career, Haugen retired in 1958 and continued his hobby of oil and watercolor painting of landscape scenes. He died in Minneapolis in 1976.


0.25 Cubic Feet


Collection contains Xeroxed correspondence, articles, and photographs of architectural designs by Paul Haugen.

Physical Location

Architects Research File

Additional Finding Aid

An unpublished finding aid with detailed contents is available in the Manuscripts Division.

Related Material in the Northwest Architectural Archives

William G. Purcell papers (N 3)

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