Architect Biographies

Architects listed alphabetically by last name or firm name.

A - H


Roy Blass

Roy Blass was an American architect whose work included design of Lustron houses.


Wallace L. Dow

He has been referred to as the "Builder on the Prairie" and was considered the premier architect of South Dakota in the late 19th century.


S.B. Howe

Dell Rapids Water Tower

Hugill & Blatherwick 

Hugill & Blatherwick was an architectural firm in Sioux Falls, South Dakota that was founded by George C. Hugill and Wilfred F. Blatherwick circa 1921.


I - O


Emmanuel Louis Masqueray 

Emmanuel Masqueray (1861–1917) was a Franco-American preeminent figure in the history of American architecture, both as a gifted designer of landmark buildings and as an influential teacher of the profession of architecture.


P - Z


Joseph Schwartz

A devout Catholic, Schwarz was long associated with the Diocese of Sioux Falls. Between 1895 and 1924 he designed at least twenty Catholic churches in South Dakota and Nebraska as well as schools and parish houses.


Harold Spitznagel


Koop, Michael H., and Stephen Ludwig. German-Russian Folk Architecture in Southeastern South Dakota. Vermillion: South Dakota State Historical Preservation Center, 1984.

Shortridge, James R. Peopling the Plains: Who Settled Where in Frontier Kansas. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1995.

Olson, Gary D., and Erik D. Olson. Sioux Falls, South Dakota: A Pictorial History. Virginia City, VA: Donning Company Publishers, 1985.

Smith, Charles A. A Comprehensive History of Minnehaha County, South Dakota. Mitchell, SD: Educator Supply Company, 1949.

Learn more about an architect or firm and their significant contribution to Minnehaha County's built environment.

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