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J. Walter Stevens collection

Identifier: N45

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes blueline sections, elevations, plans and mechanical plans for the Noyes Brothers & Cutler Warehouse (St. Paul, 1886), and blueprint elevations, sections, plans and details for the Ambrose Tighe store and warehouse building (St. Paul, 1880s).


  • 1880s


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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

John Walter Stevens was born in Wakefield, Massachusetts, on June 13, 1856. He came to St. Paul in 1897, at the age of 23, to begin practicing architecture. For the next 55 years, he remained in business and was responsible for the design of many of St. Paul's outstanding buildings during that time. Stevens retired from practice in 1935 and died in St. Paul on April 26, 1937.

J. Walter Stevens designed many residences in St. Paul and such commercial and institutional structures as the Germania Bank Building (now the St. Paul Building; 1888), the Wilder Public Baths (1914) and the Noyes Brothers & Cutler Wholesale Drug Warehouse (now Park Square Court; 1886). Other structures designed by Stevens include the Goodsell Observatory, Carleton College, (Northfield, MN; 1887); Pattee Hall, University of Minnesota (Minneapolis; 1889); Hughes High School (Cincinnati; n.d.); St. Cloud (Minnesota) Reformatory (1889) and several churches in Massachusetts.


0.5 Cubic Feet


Collection includes plans for the Noyes Brothers & Cutler Warehouse and the Ambrose Tighe store and warehouse building, both located in St. Paul, Minnesota and designed by architect J. Walter Stevens.


The collection is arranged alphabetically by commission name.

Physical Location

High Bay

Additional Finding Aid

An unpublished finding aid with detailed contents is available in the Manuscripts Division.
J. Walter Stevens collection
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