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Buechner Orth papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: N58

Scope and Content Note

The papers contain original drawings for many of the firm's projects, plus a few from the Buechner & Jacobsen practice. A small number of jobs are documented by specifications. Among the buildings documented with plans are: Cleveland High School (St. Paul), 1909; the Empress Theatre (St. Paul), 1910; the Grand Theatre (Grand Forks, ND), 1919; Labor Temple (St. Paul), 1922; Lagoon Theatre (Minneapolis), 1915; several buildings for Luther Seminary (St. Paul), 1921, 1923; Masonic Temple (St. Paul); the Shubert Theatre and Office Building (St. Paul), 1909 & 1910; Henry Orth residence (St. Paul), 1915; Palace Theatre (St. Paul), 1916; St. Alexius Hospital (Bismarck, ND), 1914; Shriners' Hospital for Crippled Children (Minneapolis), 1922; the State Theatre (Sioux Falls, SD), 1925; drawings for 19 courthouses in Minnesota, and North and South Dakota, 1907-1926; and plans of nearly 100 residences, most of them in Minneapolis and St. Paul.


  • 1895-1930


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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 Note

The firm of Buechner & Orth was formed in 1902 by the partnership of Charles Buechner and Henry Orth. Buechner was born in Darmstadt, Germany, on April 27, 1859. He was educated in Switzerland, France, and Germany, ending his training at Solothurn, Switzerland. He came to St. Paul in 1874 and became a surveyor with the St. Paul, Minneapolis, & Manitoba Railway and later with the Northern Pacific Railroad Company. In the latter he was employed in the Tracks, Bridges, and Buildings Department until 1883. He worked and studied architecture in the office of Clarence H. Johnston, a prominent St. Paul architect, until 1892, when he entered into a partnership with John H. Jacobsen, which was terminated with the latter's death in 1902. Buechner then became a partner of Henry Orth until his own death in St. Paul in 1924.

Henry Orth was born in Norway on April 14, 1866. He came to the U.S. at an unknown date and was educated in a business college (location unknown). He became a partner of Frank W. Kinney in Austin, Minnesota in 1895, and in 1902 joined Charles Buechner in partnership in St. Paul. The firm specialized in designing courthouses and theaters throughout the Midwest and was one of the most successful architectural practices of its day in the area. Orth died in St. Paul on March 5, 1946.


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The collection contains orginal drawings and some specifications for many Buechner and Orth projects plus some from the Buechner & Jacobsen practice. Among the buildings documented with plans are the St. Paul Labor Temple (1922), Lagoon Theatre (Minneapolis, 1915), several buildings for Luther Seminary in St. Paul (1921, 1923), the Henry Orth residence (St. Paul, 1915), Shriners' Hospital (Minneapolis, 1922). In addition, there are drawings for 19 courthouses in Minnesota and the Dakotas (1907-1926), and plans of nearly 100 residences.


The collection is organized alphabetically by commission name.


The collection was a gift from the architectural firm of Bettenburg, Townsend, Stolte and Comb, Inc., 1977.

Related Material

See also the Liebenberg & Kaplan papers, N 36.

Processing Information

The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Alma Marin, 1981.

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