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C.F. Haglin Company papers

Identifier: N33

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of working drawings, many of them blueprints, and some specifications and job files from a variety of architects for whom Haglin built structures. Among the buildings represented are: Grain Exchange (Chamber of Commerce Building) (1901); Cream of Wheat Company warehouse and factory (1927-28); Deering Building warehouse and factory (1905); Federal Reserve Bank (1921); Minneapolis Honeywell factory (1935-47); Minneapolis Gas & Light Company Filter Plant (1910-11); Minneapolis Threshing Machine Company (1913-28); Nicollet Hotel (1923); Radisson Hotel (1908-09); and Wyman, Partridge and Company warehouse (1896), all Minneapolis.

Buildings in other cities and states for which documentation exists in the collection include: numerous structures for the Oliver Mining Company, Hibbing, Minnesota (1919-20); Peavey Grain Elevator, Duluth, Minnesota (1899); Puritan Office Building for Michigan Bell Telephone Company, Detroit, Michigan (1926); Watkins Medical Company warehouse, Winona, Minnesota, (1913-14); Senior High School building, Tonawanda, New York (1938); grain elevators for the Russell Miller Company in Minot, Valley City, and Jamestown, North Dakota (1912, 1913, 1907, respectively); CP Railroad elevator, Fort William, Ontario (1901); Iten Biscuit Company plant, Omaha, Nebraska (1919); and several buildings for George Hormel Meat Packing Company, Austin, Minnesota.


  • Creation: 1893-1964


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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 & Historical Notes for Charles F. Haglin and the C. F. Haglin Company

Charles Haglin was born on April 7, 1849, in Hastings, NY. He was educated in the public schools of that city and became a draftsman in the office of a Syracuse architect in his late teens. After a year, he moved to Chicago, and in 1873, he relocated to Minneapolis and entered practice with Franklin B. Long. The partnership ended in 1876. Then, Haglin entered into a partnership with Frederick Corser for about five years. In 1881, Haglin formed a contracting firm with Charles Morse, and together they built several large structures in Minneapolis, including the Globe Building (1882) and the William Washburn residence ("Fairoaks") (1883), both designed by E. Townsend Mix of Milwaukee, WI. The company also erected the Minneapolis City Hall and Court House (1895-1905).

While the City Hall and Court House were underway, the partnership dissolved and Haglin operated the firm solo until 1909 B.H. Stahr joined as a partner. The new company became known as the Haglin-Stahr Company. Between about 1900, when his association with Morse ceased, and his partnership with Stahr in 1909, Haglin's company built such Minneapolis structures as the Radisson Hotel (1909), Chamber of Commerce (later, Grain Exchange)(1901), Donaldson office building, Minneapolis Gas & Light Company, Orpheum Theater, the Plaza Hotel, and residences for George and Frank Peavey, Franklin Crosby, E.W. Decker, F.B. Semple (1901), L.S. Donaldson, and George H. Partridge. Late in his life, Haglin admitted his three sons into the partnership and the firm operated as C.F. Haglin & Sons. In 1920, the company contracted to rebuild Hibbing, MN, after the entire townsite relocated to make way for an expansion of an iron ore pit mine. Haglin died in Long Beach, CA, on February 23, 1921.


156.5 Cubic Feet


The collection consists of drawings and some specifications from the architects for whom Haglin built structures. Among the buildings are Grain Exchange (1901), Cream of Wheat Company warehouse and factory (1905), Federal Reserve Bank (1921), Nicollet Hotel (1923), Radisson Hotel (1908-09), all in Minneapolis. The Peavey Grain Elevator in Duluth (1899), the Puritan Office Building in Detroit (1926), the Watkins Medical Company warehouse in Winona (1913-14), CP Railroad elevator in Fort William, Ontario (1901), and several Hormel Company buildings in Austin, Minnesota are among other structures are included in the papers, along with the plans for several large residences in Minneapolis.


The collection is organized into three series: Working Drawings Job Files Specifications

  1. Working Drawings
  2. Job Files
  3. Specifications

Physical Location



Donated to the Archives in 1975.

Related Material in the Archives

See also: Walter Wheeler Papers (N28), Larson & McLaren Papers (N69), McEnary Krafft Birch & Kilgore Papers (N18), Long & Kees Papers (N24), Cerny Associate Papers (N29), and Ellerbe Architects Papers (N4).


C.F. Haglin Company Papers
Leslie Czechowski and Ying Nan
April 2005
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