Edward Bassford

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The John M. Armstrong House is one of Bassford's designs.

Edward Payson Bassford (1837–1912) was an architect who practiced in St. Paul, Minnesota in the late 19th century. Born in Calais Maine on June 7, 1837, he moved to St. Paul in 1866. He worked in the office of Abraham Radcliffe for a time, then founded his own architectural firm. By the 1870s, Bassford was the busiest architect in St. Paul, working on designs for houses, schools, and many commercial buildings.[1] His firm also employed architects who later were famous in their own right, such as Cass Gilbert, Augustus Gauger, Edward J. Donohue, Silas Jacobson, and Charles Bassford. He died in Osakis, Minnesota on July 20, 1912.[2]

Several of his designs are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[3] These include:

Other buildings


  1. ^ Millett, Larry (1992). Lost Twin Cities. St. Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society. p. 61. 
  2. ^ Lathrop, Alan K. (2010). Minnesota Architects: A Biographical Dictionary. University of Minnesota Press. 
  3. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.