Leroy Buffington

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Leroy Buffington 1889

Leroy Sunderland Buffington (1847-1931) was an architect from Minnesota who specialized in designing hotels, public and commercial buildings, churches, and residences. He was born on September 22, 1847, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He studied architecture and engineering at the University of Cincinnati and graduated in 1869. He moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, becoming a partner of Abraham Radcliffe, and worked on the remodeling of the Minnesota State Capitol building. In 1881, he claimed to have thought up the idea of building skyscrapers by using load-bearing iron frames. He applied for a patent in November 1887 and received it in May 1888. However, he was mostly unsuccessful in collecting royalties from his patent, even though many subsequent builders used his method. He remained in private practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota until his death on February 15, 1931.[1]

Some of his works include:


  1. ^ Lathrop, Alan K. (2010). Minnesota Architects: A Biographical Dictionary. University of Minnesota Press. 

External links[edit]

The Art Institute of Chicago
September 1942 issue of Minnesota History