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C.G. Maybury papers

Summary Information
Title: C.G. Maybury papers
Dates: 1900-1901
Creator: Maybury, Charles G. b. 1830
Extent: 0.5 cubic feet
Location: High Bay
Language: English
Collection Number: N 88
Collection contains photoreproductions of plans for the Ellsworth Ara Sprague residence (Caledonia, MN), and ink on linen drawings for the residence of the Rev. Charles F. Garvin (St. Paul, MN), both designed by architect C.G. Maybury.

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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The plans for the Rev. C. F. Garvin residence were donated in 2013 by a long-time resident and owner of the house, via the Hamline University Archives.

Access Restrictions:

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


There are no restrictions on the use of materials in this collection. Copies can be requested if the condition of the originals warrants it.

Preferred Citation:

C.G. Maybury papers (N 88), Northwest Architectural Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.

Biographical Note

Charles Maybury was born in Solon, NY on January 13, 1830. He worked on the family farm until he was sixteen and was educated in the local public schools. He then was apprenticed to a prominent contractor and builder in central New York State for about 5 years, following which he became a partner in the company. After three years, the firm dissolved and Maybury went into business for himself as an architect and builder. In 1856, he moved to Winona, MN, a thriving river town. He set up his practice and almost immediately became successful as an architect and contractor. In 1865, he closed the contracting business and worked full-time as an architect. Maybury designed many of the larger homes and business blocks in Winona, in addition to churches (including the Presbyterian Church in La Crosse, WI and the First Baptist Church in Winona), and the Winona County Court House (1888). He died in Winona on February 9, 1917.

Jefferson Maybury was born in Winona, MN, on March 2, 1858. He began working in his father's architecture and contracting office as a young man and, after leaving high school, trained under Edward P. Bassford in St. Paul for one year (1880). He then returned to Winona to become his father's partner on January 1, 1881. C.G. Maybury & Son, as the firm was called, continued until well past the turn of the century. In 1903-1904, Maybury was appointed a specifications writer for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis. After that, he returned to Winona for a brief time, then departed for Seattle, WA, in 1904. He worked as architect for the Board of Education. Maybury died in Seattle on May 5, 1928.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains photoreproductions of plans for the Ellsworth Ara Sprague residence, located in Caledonia, MN; these include elevations, floor plans and heating plans. In addition, there is a complete set of orignal plans, in ink on linen, for the residence of Reverend Charles F. Garvin, located on Englewood Ave. in St. Paul, MN. Rev. Garvin was afilliated with the Minnesota [Methodist] Conference and the plans locate the house at "Hamline University."

Related Material

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.
  • Maybury, Charles G. b. 1830 -- Archives
  • C.G. Maybury & Son
  • Architecture, Domestic -- Minnesota -- Caledonia -- Designs and plans