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Frank Horner papers

Identifier: N106

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains job files, specifications and plan sets for many commissions on which Frank Horner consulted with numerous architects. The projects include private dwellings, apartment houses, churches, schools, fire stations, medical facilities and commercial structures.

Among the buildings documented are: Shepard of the Hills Lutheran Church (Edina, MN), St. John's University Library (St. Joseph, MN), Winona Armory (Winona, MN), Butler Square restoration (Minneapolis, MN), YWCA building (Minneapolis, MN), KQRS radio station offices and studios (Golden Valley, MN), and structures for the Como Zoo (St. Paul, MN).


  • Creation: 1960-1980


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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

Frank Horner was born in Linton, North Dakota on August 25, 1923. He served in the military during World War II. After the completion of his military service, Horner enrolled at the University of Minnesota, earning his bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1949. After graduation, he worked for a steel fabricating company and with a construction company before joining the Johnson-Sahlman Company. Horner stayed with Johnson-Sahlman for eight years before forming his own company, the Frank Horner Company, in 1962. His firm served as a structural engineering consultant on hundreds of projects for various Twin Cities architectural firms for almost 20 years. Horner was a major force behind the renovation of the Snelling-Selby neighborhood in St. Paul, Minnesota, where his firm's offices were located. Frank Horner died on December 6, 1980.


75 Cubic Feet


Collection contains the papers of Frank Horner, including job files, specifications and plan sets.


The collection is organized alphabetically by commission name in the following series:

  1. Working Drawings
  2. Job Files
  3. Specifications
  4. Contracts

Physical Location

High Bay

Additional Finding Aid

An unpublished finding aid with detailed contents is available in the Manuscripts Division.


The collection was donated to the Northwest Architectural Archives by LaVonne Horner on September 24, 1984.

Processing Information

The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Peter Pelto, summer 2002.


Frank Horner papers
Peter Pelto; updated by Karen Spilman
2002; updated March 2005
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Collecting Area Details

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