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Martin Reitz papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: N216

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of photographs of residences and garages and two boxes of renderings. Also contained in the collection are papers belonging to Martin Reitz and a description of some of the materials in the collection, composed by his son, Richard Reitz.


  • Creation: 1921-2003


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.

Biographical Note

Martin H. Reitz was born in Grantsburg, Wisconsin. He attended St. Paul Vocational School (now St. Paul Technical College) and was a member of the school's first graduating class. Reitz worked for Lampland Lumber Co. (1923-1945) and began the Donnay-Reitz Construction Co. after World War II to construct houses in the St. Paul area for returning soldiers. He later started the Home Plan Book Co. Martin Reitz died in June 1991.


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Collection contains the papers of architect Martin H. Reitz.


The collection is arranged in the following series:

Notes on the contents of the various series:

Renderings:These gouache-on-board renderings appear to have been intended for use in the published stock plan books (sometimes known as "pattern books") published by Reitz and others. These types of plans were often given rather fanciful names that were intended to convey something of the style of design.

Photographs:This series contains hundreds of black and white snapshots of modest homes located, for the most part, in the Twin Cities (MN) area. They are views of houses designed and built by Reitz and his construction company or were taken as inspiration for new designs to be published by him. The notes and abbreviations were taken directly from the envelopes and folders in which the photographs were found.

Foldered materials:This portion of the collection contains about a half-dozen miscellaneous items including clippings and notes.

  1. Renderings
  2. Photographs
  3. Foldered materials

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An unpublished finding aid with detailed contents is available in the Manuscripts Division.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 Richard M. Reitz on December 18, 2003.

Processing Information

The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Barbara Bezat, Fall 2003.

Martin Reitz papers
Karen Spilman
April 2005
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Collecting Area Details

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