Ernest Kennedy (1865-1938)


Kennedy, Ernest

Personal Information

Birth/Death:    b. 12 Feb. 1865 - d. 11 Jan. 1938
Occupation:    American architect
Location:    Minneapolis, MN

AIA Affiliation

Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 1916-decease

Biographical Sources

Biographical Information:
Contributed by Northwest Architectural Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis
      Ernest Kennedy was born in Mankato, Minnesota, in 1865 and moved to Minneapolis at age 10. He attended the University of Minnesota in 1888 but did not graduate. He later attended the Sorbonne in Paris and the Berlin and Munich Polytechnics. Kennedy returned to Minneapolis and set up his own practice by 1897, specializing in the design of mansions and residences in Minneapolis and the vicinity of Lake Minnetonka. Among his residential clients were Alfred Pillsbury, E.C. Gale, Gilbert and Archie Walker, Francis Janney, Rufus Rand, J.B. Gilfillan, and F.M. Crosby. He was also responsible for the design of Shevlin Hall at the University of Minnesota (1905) and numerous commercial structures in the area, including the Essex Building (1911) in downtown Minneapolis in which Kennedy had his office for many years. His 40-year practice was succeeded by Hiram H. Livingston, following Kennedy's death on January 11, 1938.

Related Records

Archival Holdings

The American Institute of Architects Archives
      Membership file contains membership application.

Northwest Architectural Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis
      Ernest Kennedy Papers (N 151)
The collection contains 5 pencil drawings of interior details for the Charles A. Pillsbury residence (Minneapolis, n.d.), working drawings (originals and blueprints) of the Gilbert Walker residence (Minneapolis, 1910-1924) and plans for other residences designed by Kennedy during the 1910s-1930.
For more information https://www.lib.umn.edu/naa