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Ernest Kennedy papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: N60

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains five pencil drawings of interior details for the Charles A. Pillsbury residence (Minneapolis, n.d.), working drawings (originals and blueprints) of the Gilbert Walker residence (Minneapolis, 1910-1924) and plans for other residences designed by Kennedy during the 1910s-1930.


  • Creation: 1910-1930


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Restrictions on Access

Available for use in the Manuscripts Division reading room. Advance notice is requested.

Restrictions on Use

Please contact staff regarding copyright status of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Biographical Note

Ernest Kennedy was born in Mankato, Minnesota, in 1865 and moved to Minneapolis at age 10. He attended the University of Minnesota in 1888 but did not graduate. He later attended the Sorbonne in Paris and the Berlin and Munich Polytechnics. Kennedy returned to Minneapolis and set up his practice by 1897, specializing in the design of mansions and residences in Minneapolis and the vicinity of Lake Minnetonka. His residential clients included Alfred Pillsbury, E.C. Gale, Gilbert and Archie Walker, Francis Janney, Rufus Rand, J.B. Gilfillan, and F.M. Crosby. He was also responsible for the design of Shevlin Hall at the University of Minnesota (1905) and numerous commercial structures in the area, including the Essex Building (1911) in downtown Minneapolis, where Kennedy had his office for many years. His 40-year practice was succeeded by Hiram H. Livingston following Kennedy's death on January 11, 1938.


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Collection includes plans for residences, including the Charles A. Pillsbury and Gilbert Walker residences, designed by architect Ernest J. Kennedy.


The collection is organized alphabetically by commission name.

Physical Location

Mezzanine; High Bay

Additional Finding Aid

An unpublished finding aid with detailed contents is available in the Manuscripts Division.

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