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University Grove plans collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: N173

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes plans for 100 residences plus maps of the original plat and 1939 surveys, plat maps from 1969 and 1975, and topographical maps of the Grove. Homes represented include those designed for Gaylord Anderson, Theodore Blegen, Raymond Brink, Elizabeth and Winston Close, Paul Cashman, Walter Heller, Robert Jones, Joseph King, Fred Lukerman, Edwin Menze, William Middlebrook, Philip Raup, W.E. Peik, William Shepherd, and Willard Thompson. All are blueprints. There is also a small amount of correspondence, and specifications exist for most projects.


  • 1928-1975


Language of Materials


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.

Historical Note

University Grove was platted about 1928 as a residential area for University of Minnesota staff and faculty and is located in Falcon Heights. The Grove, as it has come to be called, was University-owned land that was subdivided into approximately 100 parcels. Staff and faculty who chose to build in University Grove could obtain a parcel on a 99-year lease and build, at their expense, a house on their parcel. Over the years, beginning in 1928, the Grove has been almost entirely built up, with houses designed by a number of well-known Twin Cities architects including Ralph Rapson, Elizabeth and Winston Close, James Stageberg, Michael McGuire, Edwin Lundie, Rollin Chapin, William Ingemann, Larson & McLaren, Long & Thorshov, Hammel & Green, Liebenberg & Kaplan, Thorshov & Cerny, Joseph Michels, and Brooks Cavin.


9 Cubic Feet


The collection comprises prints of architectural drawings (including sepia, blueprints and bluelines) for residences in the University Grove neighborhood, Falcon Heights, Minnesota. The drawings are by various architects.


The collection is organized in two series:

  1. Master List of Commissions
  2. Specifications and Maps

Physical Location

Mezzanine; High Bay


Received from Engineering Records, University of Minnesota Facilities Management Department in the late 1990s.

Related Material

Original drawings for many of these residences exist in architects' collections in the Northwest Architectural Archives. See also:

Close Associates Papers (N 78)

William Ingemann Papers (N 67),

Edwin H. Lundie Papers(N 86)

Larson and McLaren Papers (N 69)

Brooks Cavin Papers (N 118)

Liebenberg & Kaplan Papers(N 36).

Processing Information

The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Claudia Wielgorecki, 1997 to 1998.

University Grove Plans Collection
Claudia Wielgorecki
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Northwest Architectural Archives Collecting Area