George Hancock (architect)

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St. Michael's Hospital and Nurses' Residence, in Grand Forks, North Dakota

George Hancock was an architect active in North Dakota, Montana and Minnesota. He moved to the area in 1882, settling in Fargo, North Dakota with his brother Walter when they were 33 and 17, respectively.[1] After a fire destroyed much of Downtown Fargo in 1893, George and Walter designed around half of the replacement buildings.[1] After advocating for a 1917 law requiring architects in North Dakota to be licensed, he and Walter became the first two licensed architects in the state.[1]

Many of their works are listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, with credit individually or as Hancock Brothers or variations. Their works include:


  1. ^ a b c Wagner, Steven P. (December 12, 1999). "Designs stand the test of time". The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. Archived from the original on 2011-08-19. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ Norene A. Roberts (February 12, 1983). "NRHP Inventory-Nomination: Knerr Block, Floyd Block, McHench Building and Webster and Coe Building" (PDF). National Park Service.  and Accompanying six photos, exterior and interior, from 1982