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Pioneer and Endicott buildings collection

Identifier: N77a

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains 91 sheets of elevations and plans, 59 of which are hectograph prints, 31 are blueprints and one ink-on-paper original. These contain both architectural and structural drawings.

For the Endicott Building, there is a mixture of originals and prints. Sixty sheets are ink-on-linen originals, shop drawings for the iron and steel structural components drawn by the New Jersey Steel & Iron Company as their order number 1487. Thirty-seven sheets are hectograph prints on heavy paper stock, backed with linen cloth. Many are highlighted with watercolor. The remainder are ink on paper (61 sheets), pencil on paper (26 sheets) or blueprints (5 sheets). For the Pioneer Building, the drawing set contains elevations, floor plans, and architectural and structural details.


  • Creation: 1888-1890


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Restrictions on Access

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

Restrictions on Use

Access and photocopying restricted by archives staff due to fragility of items in the collection.

Historical Note

The Endicott Building was the product of prominent architect Cass Gilbert and his partner, James Knox Taylor. It was built adjacent to the Pioneer Building in 1889-1890 and features, besides the main entrance on Fourth Street, an interior arcade with a stained glass skylight which extends through the block to a less dramatic entrance on Fifth Street. The Endicott Building was placed on the National Register in 1974 and designated as a local landmark in St. Paul in 1979.

For historical information regarding the Pioneer Building, please see the Pioneer Press building collection, N 77.


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Collection contains architectural and structural drawings for the Pioneer and Endicott buildings, located in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Physical Location

High Bay

Additional Finding Aid

An unpublished finding aid with detailed contents is available in the Manuscripts Division.

Related Material in the Northwest Architectural Archives

Pioneer Press building collection (N 77)

Cass Gilbert papers (N 15)

Pioneer and Endicott buildings collection
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