Don Andrew McLaren (1891-1950)


McLaren, Don Andrew

Personal Information

Birth/Death:    b. 18 April 1891 - d. Nov. 1950
Occupation:    American architect
Location:    Minneapolis, MN

AIA Affiliation

Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 1929-1935; 1941-decease

Biographical Sources

Biographical Information:
Contributed by Northwest Architectural Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis
Don McLaren was born in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin on April 18, 1891. He received his education at Cornell University and served in naval aviation during World War I. McLaren came to Minneapolis in 1920 and entered partnership with Albert Larson in 1922. The firm became one of the most successful in the Twin Cities, specializing in residential designs in its early years and later emphasizing large-scale commercial projects. McLaren died in Minneapolis on November 15, 1950. The firm continued to operate under its original name until 1980, when partners who had entered the firm in later years dissolved the business.

Related Records

Partner of Albert Oliver Larson.

Archival Holdings

The American Institute of Architects Archives
      Membership file contains membership application and correspondence relating to dues, resignation, and readmission.

Northwest Architectural Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis
      Larson and McLaren papers (N 69)
      Collection includes drawings, contracts, specifications and photographs for residences and other structures, designed by the architectural firm of Larson and McLaren
For more information https://www.lib.umn.edu/naa