Flour City Ornamental Iron Works Company

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Flour City Ornamental Iron Works Company

Flour City Ornamental Iron Works Company was an early pioneer in the manufacturing of architectural wrought and cast iron building components.[1][2]

Historical significance[edit]

Flour City Ornamental Iron Works Company was founded by Eugene Tetzlaff in 1893 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The company was originally a blacksmith shop, but later became a manufacturer of wrought and cast iron.[3][4]

During World War II, Flour City produced aluminum bridge pontoons and aircraft parts. In 1945, Henry J. Neils, first president of the Flour City Ornamental Iron Works Company, began production of aluminum boats. The first aluminum boat produced by Flour City subsidiary, Alumacraft, came off the production line in 1946. Hupp Corporation bought Alumacraft from Flour City in 1960.[5]

Later history[edit]

Flour City Ornamental Iron Works, later known as Flour City Architectural Metal Works, continued its production of ornamental and architectural metal products. In the early 1990s, Flour City became a part of Flour City International, Inc., and its headquarters moved from Minnesota to Tennessee.[6]

List of Buildings with Flour City Ornamental Iron[edit]

  • The Department of Veterans Affairs Building, Washington, DC
  • Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL
  • Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • Nissen Building, Winston-Salem, NC
  • The Palmer House Hotel, Chicago, IL

List of Buildings with Flour City Architectural Metals, Mpls, MN & Johnson City, TN[edit]

  • Key Towers, Cincinnati, OH
  • Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cincinnati, OH
  • Trump World Tower, Manhattan, NY
  • New York Hospital (The FDR Building), New York, NY
  • Boston Federal Courthouse, Boston, MA
  • 320 Park Avenue (Mutual of America), New York, NY
  • 660 Madison Avenue (Barneys New York), New York, NY
  • 565 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
  • US Air/LaGuardia Airport East End Terminal, Queens, NY
  • Metrotech "A" (Brooklyn Union Gas Co. - BUGCo), Brooklyn, NY
  • 575 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY
  • Citicorp Court Square, Long Island City, NY
  • IBM Complex, Somers, NY
  • Allied Bank Tower (First Interstate Bank), Dallas, TX
  • Jacob Javits Convention Center (Smoke Wall), New York, NY
  • O'Hare Airport (United Airlines Terminal, Chicago, IL
  • Equitable Insurance Building, New York, NY
  • Society Bank Tower, Cleveland, OH
  • Library Square, Los Angeles, CA


  1. ^ Architectural metal work for modern buildings by the Flour City Ornamental Iron Company, (Minneapolis, MN: The Company, 1922).
  2. ^ The personnel of the Flour City Ornamental Iron Company, (Minneapolis, MN: The Company, 1929).
  3. ^ A People's History of the Seward Neighborhood edited by Wendy Epstein, Marilyn Matheny and Rick Musser, (Minneapolis: Nodin Press, 2018) pp. 71-76.
  4. ^ Flour City Ornamental Iron Works placeography.org. Retrieved: January 31, 2015.
  5. ^ Northwest Architectural Archives umn.edu. Retrieved: January 31, 2015.
  6. ^ Flour City International, Inc. referenceforbusiness.com. Retrieved: September 19, 2015.

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