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Magney and Tusler papers

Identifier: N103

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains 5 original pencil sketches for the Foshay Tower by Leon Arnal, principal designer in the Magney and Tusler firm, as well as 9 sheets of blueprints of interior details and 69 ink on linen structural drawings of the same building.

Also included in the collection are plans for residences, schools, hospitals, the Woman's Club of Minneapolis and Ziegler warehouse and office in Minneapolis.


  • 1927-1991


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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

Gottfried Magney was born on April 14, 1884 in Hagar City, Wisconsin. He attended public schools in Stillwater, Minnesota and Amery, Wisconsin. In 1905 he earned a degree in architecture from the University of Minnesota. After working for a year as draftsman for the Board of Education in Seattle, he moved to San Francisco and worked as draftsman for Welch & Carey, architects. He moved to Duluth in about 1907 and entered partnership with P.M. Olson, then relocated to Minneapolis in 1908 where he worked for a year in the office of Edwin H. Hewitt. He became a partner of Cecil B. Chapman (Chapman & Magney) from 1912 to 1916 and, after a brief stint in the firm of Tyrie & Chapman, he formed a partnership with Wilbur H. Tusler. Magney retired in 1954.

Wilbur Tusler was born in Miles City, Montana on August 26, 1890. He was trained at the University of Minnesota and received a B.A. in architecture at the University of Pennsylvania in 1914. He became a partner of Gottfried Magney in about 1917 and remained in that firm until his retirement in 1960. Tusler died on August 14, 1985 in Ft. Myers, Florida.

In 1939, Donald Setter became a third partner in the firm and in 1952, Stowell Leach, John Lindstrom, and John Magney became principals. The firm is active today as Setter, Leach & Lindstrom.


6 Cubic Feet


Collection includes plans for buildings designed by the architectural firm of Magney and Tusler.


The collection is organized alphabetically by commission name.

Physical Location

High Bay

Additional Finding Aid

An unpublished finding aid with detailed contents is available in the Manuscripts Division.

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