Harold Spitznagel papers
Scope and Content Note
The papers contain drawings, including working drawings and renderings, photographs, specifications, and clippings relating to Spitznagel's life and work, mainly for the period from 1931 to 1952, and personal documents, including school drawings (1921-1923) and licenses. Buildings documented in the collection include the Hollywood Theater (1938), Municipal Building (1939), John Morrell & Co. Visitor's Center (1939), Spitznagel offices (1937), U.S. Post Office, EROS Data Center, and residences for R.W. Bailey (1937), T.M. Bailey (1937), P.R. Billingsley (1931 and 1950), S.C. Fantle, Jr. (1938), and Robert May (1951), all in Sioux Falls.
Other buildings include the Huron Arena, Huron, South Dakota (1950); Sylvan Lake Lodge, Black Hills, South Dakota (1938); J.M. Foster residence (1947), Ottumwa, Iowa, the American College Testing Program building, Iowa City, Iowa; Rapid City Civic Center, Rapid City, South Dakota and the South Dakota Supreme Court Room, Pierre, South Dakota.
- Spitznagel, Harold, 1896-1975 (Person)
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Restrictions on Access
Available for use in the Manuscripts Division reading room. Advance notice is requested.
Restrictions on Use
Photocopies of material contained in the papers will be produced only by written authority of the Spitznagel Partners, Inc.
Harold Theodore Spitznagel was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on December 7, 1896. He attended grade and high schools in Sioux Falls and received his architectural training at the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a B.A. in architecture in 1925. Following his graduation, he served as an assistant instructor in the School of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. After working for brief periods in Indianapolis and Chicago, he returned to Sioux Falls and set up his own practice in the 1930s. He specialized in the design of churches, although his firm produced buildings of every type. He was president of the South Dakota Chapter of the A.I.A. (1954-1955), vice-president of the national A.I.A. (1966-1967) and received many honors and awards. Most of his major work was in eastern South Dakota and adjacent states. Harold Spitznagel died in Sioux Falls on April 26, 1975.
12 Cubic Feet
Collection contains drawings, including working drawings and renderings, photographs, specifications and clippings related to Harold Spitznagel’s life and work.
The collection is arranged into the following two series:
- Working Drawings
- Foldered material
Mezzanine; High Bay; A-V Room
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 on March 5, 1974 by the Spitznagel Partners, Inc.
- Architecture -- South Dakota -- Designs and plans Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Harold Spitznagel papers
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