Abraham M. Radcliffe

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Abraham M. Radcliffe (1827–1886) was an architect born in New York City. He opened a Minneapolis office in 1857 and a St. Paul office in 1858. He closed his Minneapolis office in 1868. He designed early commercial buildings in St. Paul and Minneapolis,[1] as well as the Dakota County Courthouse in Hastings, Minnesota.[2] Radcliffe inspired the architectural career of Cass Gilbert, the skyscraper pioneer who designed the Woolworth Building in New York City and the United States Supreme Court building, among many important public structures.[3][4][5]

Radcliffe designed the Isaac Staples House in Stillwater, Minnesota, in 1875. This was a tall stone mansard-roofed mansion which dominated the bluff on what is now Pioneer Park. He built several other large residences on Summit Avenue. These include the Charles Paul House, mildy Italianate in style, built in 1882 and the Walter J. S. Traill/Homer P. Clark House, Victorian in style, built in 1882. He designed the William G. LeDuc House in Hastings in 1863-66, as well as the Philo Q. Boyden House in Hudson, Wisconsin in 1879.


  1. ^ Norene Roberts, North Hill (Original Town) Stillwater Residential Area, Stillwater, Washington County, Minnesota, June, 1995, p. 42
  2. ^ http://www.ers.usda.gov/Briefing/Population/Photos/ShowCH.asp?FIPS=27037 Dakota County Courthouse, Economic Research Service, USDA
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-06-13. Retrieved 2007-03-11.  Sharon Irish, "West Hails East: Cass Gilbert in Minnesota", Minnesota History, Vol. 53, No. 5, pp. 196-207 (Spring 1993)
  4. ^ The Cass Gilbert Society biography Archived October 5, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.‹The template Wayback is being considered for merging.› 
  5. ^ Barbara Christen & Steven Flanders, "Cass Gilbert: Life and Work", W.W. Norton & Company, New York. pg. 28. (2001)