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Bertrand and Chamberlin collection

Identifier: N168

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains blueprints for the Chamber of Commerce office building in Minneapolis (1928), the Minneapolis Athletic Club (1913), the Orchard Lake School addition in Burnsville, Minnesota (1922), the School of Incarnation in Minneapolis (1929) and the State Bank of Commerce in Minneapolis (1921).


  • 1913-1929


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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 Note

George Emile Bertrand was born on June 22, 1859 in Superior, Wisconsin. He was educated in Boston and Minneapolis and began practicing professionally in 1881. He established an architectural firm in Minneapolis in 1886 and formed a partnership with Walter Keith in 1890. This partnership lasted until 1894 and in 1897 Bertrand partnered with Arthur B. Chamberlin. The firm of Bertrand & Chamberlin was active until the death of George Bertrand on October 31, 1931.

Arthur Bishop Chamberlin was born in Solon, Ohio on March 12, 1865. He worked as a draftsman in Minneapolis from 1884-1889 and relocated to Seattle in 1890. There he worked as a draftsman and delineator for Saunders & Houghton (1890-1891), John Parkinson (1891-1893), William Boone (1893), and practiced as an architect from 1893-1894. Chamberlin returned to Minneapolis in 1896 and partnered with George Bertrand in 1897. Arthur Chamberlin died on September 28, 1933.


1.0 Cubic Feet


Collection contains plans for five buildings, including the Minneapolis Athletic Club, designed by the architectural firm of Bertrand & Chamberlin.


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An unpublished finding aid with detailed contents is available in the Manuscripts Division.

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