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A. Moorman and Company collection

Identifier: N56

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the plans for the First National Bank of Coleraine, Minnesota (1917), typical of the later small-town bank designs of the company.


  • 1927


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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

Albert Moorman was born in Germany in 1860 and emigrated to the U.S. with his family in about 1864, settling in Chicago. He was raised and educated in Chicago public schools in that city. He became an apprentice woodcarver at 12 and worked on the Iowa State Capitol in this capacity several years later. In 1905, he started a furniture company in St. Paul and soon pivoted towards designing bank fixtures and interiors. This change led his firm to design and build small banks throughout the Midwest, and eventually, it became one of the most successful designers of small-town banks in the region. At one time, they held 30% of the business for the Northwestern National Bancorporation of Minneapolis. In 1927, A. Moorman and Company got hired to remodel the famous National Farmers Bank of Owatonna, designed by Louis H. Sullivan in 1907-1908. Moorman died in 1927 in St. Paul, and the practice passed on to his sons Frank and Al and partners E.A. Tyler and Kindy C. Wright. The firm ceased operations in the late 1970s.


0.5 Cubic Feet


Collection contains the plans for the First National Bank of Coleraine, Minnesota, designed by A. Moorman and Company.

Physical Location

High Bay

Additional Finding Aid

An unpublished finding aid with detailed contents is available in the Manuscripts Division.

Related Material

See the Wesley G. Wells papers (N47) for Kindy Wright buildings.

A. Moorman and Company collection
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