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William Ingemann papers

Identifier: N67

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains renderings, preliminary, and working drawings for about 230 structures of all types, primarily in Minnesota, including about 160 private residences through the state. A small part of the collection is made up of business records, personal correspondence, photographs, and a scrapbook. Also included is a copy of Ingemann's book, Minor Architecture of Worcestershire, and several of his published articles.

Drawings in the collection represent such buildings as the Lowell Inn (Stillwater, Minnesota, 1927); town halls in Alden and Tower, Minnesota (1939); hospitals at Benson, Mora, Staples, and Willmar, Minnesota; the president's house, Macalester College (St. Paul); high schools at Rush City, St. Croix Falls, and Buffalo, Minnesota; and numerous churches and college dormitories.


  • 1897-1970


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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 Sketch for William M. Ingemann (1897-1980)

William Ingemann was born in St. Paul in 1897 and educated at the University of Minnesota (1915-1922) and the American Academy in Rome. He served in World War I as an ambulance driver and as an engineer for Belgian reconstruction carried out by the American Red Cross. Early in his career as an architect in New York City, he was associated with Cass Gilbert (1921-1922) and Electus Litchfield (1922-1926). In 1926 Ingemann opened an office in St. Paul. He married Dorothy Brink, also of St. Paul, in 1927, and her background as an artist and architect was employed as renderer in Ingemann's office from 1927 to 1936. Many of the finest renderings and sketches in the collection are by Ms. Ingemann but are unsigned. During World War II, Ingemann served as a major in the Army Air Corps and after the war was in partnership with St. Paul architect Milton Bergstedt until 1958. Ingemann maintained his own office until retiring in 1961. He moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico in 1965 and died there on February 15, 1980.

Ingemann's practice included hospitals, churches, residences, and public buildings. Equally important were his designs of college buildings at the University of Minnesota, Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, Minnesota), Augsburg College (Minneapolis), Concordia College (Moorhead, Minnesota), and Hamline University (St. Paul).

Biographical Sketch for Dorothy Brink Ingemann (ca. 1903-1991)

Dorothy Brink was born about 1903 and raised in St. Paul. She was among the first women to graduate from the University of Minnesota School of Architecture, in 1925. The following year, she began working for William Ingemann as a draftsman and married him in 1927. Together, they designed the prestigious Lowell Inn (originally Sawyer Hotel) in Stillwater, Minnesota, in 1927 and spent their honeymoon there. The Ingemanns traveled extensively and wrote a book entitled Minor Architecture of Worcestershire, published in 1938. Dorothy retired with her husband from architectural practice in 1961. She died in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, on April 2, 1991.


75 Cubic Feet


Collection contains preliminary and working drawings for approximately 230 structures designed by architect William Ingemann, in addition to business records, personal correspondence, photographs and a scrapbook, Ingemann’s published articles and a copy of his book, Minor Architecture of Worcestershire.


The collection is organized in series:

  1. Working Drawings
  2. Renderings
  3. Presentations
  4. Boxed Materials

Physical Location

Mezzanine, AV Room, High Bay

Additional Finding Aid

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


Donated to the Northwest Architectural Archives by Mr. Ingemann in 1978.

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