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Ernest Kennedy papers

Summary Information
Title: Ernest Kennedy papers
Dates: 1910-1930
Creator: Kennedy, Ernest J., 1864-1938
Extent: 3.0 cubic feet
Location: Mezzanine; High Bay
Language: English
Collection Number: N60
Collection includes plans for residences, including the Charles A. Pillsbury and Gilbert Walker residences, designed by architect Ernest J. Kennedy.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries. Northwest Architectural Archives, Manuscripts Division

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

Available for use in the Manuscripts Division reading room. Advance notice is requested.


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).

Preferred Citation:

Ernest Kennedy papers, N60, Northwest Architectural Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.


The collection is organized alphabetically by commission name.

Biographical Note

Ernest Kennedy was born in Mankato, Minnesota, in 1865 and moved to Minneapolis at age 10. He attended the University of Minnesota in 1888 but did not graduate. He later attended the Sorbonne in Paris and the Berlin and Munich Polytechnics. Kennedy returned to Minneapolis and set up his own practice by 1897, specializing in the design of mansions and residences in Minneapolis and the vicinity of Lake Minnetonka. Among his residential clients were Alfred Pillsbury, E.C. Gale, Gilbert and Archie Walker, Francis Janney, Rufus Rand, J.B. Gilfillan, and F.M. Crosby. He was also responsible for the design of Shevlin Hall at the University of Minnesota (1905) and numerous commercial structures in the area, including the Essex Building (1911) in downtown Minneapolis in which Kennedy had his office for many years. His 40-year practice was succeeded by Hiram H. Livingston, following Kennedy's death on January 11, 1938.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains 5 pencil drawings of interior details for the Charles A. Pillsbury residence (Minneapolis, n.d.), working drawings (originals and blueprints) of the Gilbert Walker residence (Minneapolis, 1910-1924) and plans for other residences designed by Kennedy during the 1910s-1930.

Related Material

C.F. Haglin papers (N33)

George f. Cook Construction Company papers (N133)

An unpublished finding aid with detailed contents is available in the Manuscripts Division.

Subject Terms
Index Terms
  • This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • Kennedy, Ernest J., 1864-1938 -- Archives
  • Pillsbury, Charles A. (Charles Alfred), 1842-1899 -- Homes and haunts -- Minnesota -- Minneapolis
  • Walker, Gilbert -- Homes and haunts -- Minnesota -- Minneapolis
  • Pillsbury residence -- Designs and plans
  • Walker residence -- Designs and plans
Detailed Contents
 Location  Title
Working Drawings  
Carpenter, Elbert J. 1919  
Note  Esq. Lake Cabin
Minnetonka, MN
Clifford, George B. Jr. 1930  
Note  Residence Alterations
Christmas Lake, MN
Gale, Edward C. 1911  
Note  Residence
American Association of University Women, 2115 E. 22nd St.
Minneapolis, MN
McMillan, Howard L 1929  
Note  Residence
1821 James Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN
blueprint with pencil and ink
Pillsbury, Charles A.  
Note  Residence
Minneapolis, MN
pencil on paper; watercolor
Walker, Gilbert M. 1923, 1924  
Note  Residence
Minneapolis, MN
Walker, Gilbert M. 1910, 1923, 1924  
Note  Residence Alterations
Minneapolis, MN
Walker, Gilbert M. 1922, 1923  
Note  Proposed Residence
Minneapolis, MN
pencil on paper; blueprint
Walker, Gilbert M. 1911, 1912  
Note  Esq. Residence
Minneapolis, MN
Morell and Nichols Landscape Architects
blueprints, pencil on paper