A CHECKLIST OF ARCHITECTS IN THE CITY OF LA CROSSE
FROM 1853 to 1973
Compiled by Carolyn Nelson
Edwin L. Hill
Area Research Center Checklist Series
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
In this checklist of La Crosse architects, student
Carolyn Nelson has concentrated on the firms and offices
than on individual employees. It may be safely assumed,
example, that Parkinson and Dockendorff employed many
architects during the nearly fifty years of that firm's
Unless those employees later became partners or sole
of another firm, they will not appear in this checklist.
Dates given are for years of activity for the architect or
firm, within the city of La Crosse.
In some cases, persons listed here may not have been
licensed, trained architects. In the 1850*3 and 1860's, an
practitioner could call himself anything he chose. It is
for example, whether J. C. Bennett was in fact an
or simply a draftsman with experience and aspirations.
This checklist was compiled during the 1976-77 academic
using the resources of Murphy Library1 s Area Research
A bibliography follows this preface.
This checklist is the second in a projected series. It
the wider contributions to local history research by the
Center staff, whose daily work is made simpler by such
Bryant, Benjamin F. Memoirs of La Crosse County.
Madison, Wis., Western Historical Association,
Carr, Spencer. A Brief Sketch of La Crosse, Wisconsin.
La Crosse, Democrat Printing Office, 1854.
History of La Crosse County. Chicago, Western Historical
La Crosse County Historical Sketches. La Crosse, La Crosse
County Historical Society, 1931-55. Vol. 5.
La Crosse City Directories, 1866 to 1970.
La Crosse of Today. La Crosse, Spicer and Buschman, 19_?_.
La Crosse Telephone Directories, 1926 to 1973.
La Crosse newspapers, especially the Democrat, 1850's &
Pen and Sunlight Sketches of the Principal Cities in
Chicago, Phoenix Publishing Company, [ca. 1899].
Polk's Wisconsin State Gazetteer and Business Directory,
Polk's Wisconsin State Gazetteer, 1927.
Wisconsin Gazetteer, 1853.
Wisconsin State Business Directory, 1871.
Wisconsin State Directory, 1857.
Wisconsin State Gazetteer and Business Directory, vol. VI,
[Wisconsin] State Gazetteer (Shippers Guide and Business
LA CROSSE ARCHITECTS
Bajari (William) & Bentley (Percy); 11 Batavian Bank
Bennett, J.C. The La Crosse National Democrat of October
1856, carried an advertisement for Bennett as an
draughtsman, with "plans and elevations of buildings
executed in the best possible manner. n The business was
located with the offices of H. Hoare and Company,
at the corner of State and Third Streets.
Bennett, Wells E.; 4 Batavian Bank Bldg.; 1903-1939.
Bentley (Percy D.) & Merman (Otto A.); 210 Linker Bldg.;
Bentley, Percy Dwight; 15 Batavian Bank Bldg; 1913-1915.
also Bajari & Bentley and Bentley & Merman).
Boldt (George) - Lachecki (Chester S.) Architects, Inc.;
Hoeschler Bldg; 1966-1968. (See also Kratt, Lachecki,
Myers &: Solberg, Inc. and Kratt-Lachecki Architects,
Boyum (Benji O.), Schubert (Carl W. ), & Sorenson (Roy
Hoeschler Bldg; 1939-1953. (See also Schubert &
Schubert & Schroeder & Associates; Schubert, Sorenson &
Associates; Sorenson, O.J. &: R.E.).
Bradish, George P.; 206 S, 4th; 1895-1897.
Carroll, W. L.; visiting architect for 1879 only.
Dockendorff, Bernard J.; 2nd floor Linker Bldg; c1905.
Parkinson &r Dockendorff).
Eblins, Plunkett, Keymar and Reginato & Associates; 1711
Fassett, F.W.; visiting architect ca 1870.
Hackner, Egid; 718 S. 11th; 1884-1905.
Hackner, Robert B.; 411 Rivoli Bldg; 1955-1957. (See also
Schroeder &: Associates and Hackner, Schroeder, Roslansky
Hackner (Robert B.), Schroeder (Harry A. ) &
Rivoli Bldg; 1958-1969. (See also Hackner, Schroeder,
Roslansky & Associates).
Hackner (Robert B.), Schroeder (Harry A. ), Roslansky
Associates; 412 Rivoli Bldg; 1969-1974. (See also Hackner,
Schroeder &: Associates).
Hitchcock & Estabrook, Inc.; 115 S. 4th; 1965-1966.
Jacobs, Justin. Proprietor of a "School of Architecture."
advertisement in the La Crosse Democrat of December 20,
1853 notes that "The subscriber has opened a School of
Architecture at the house of Mr. Chambers, where the
drawing and working of the Orders with their Capitols
will be taught; likewise, Stair building, both straight
circular, with such lines in Geometry as are necessary
for the builder to understand." Apparently the school
operated for only a short time. Another ad for the school
appeared in the Democrat of February 7, 1854.
Johnson, William A.: (See also Maguolo & Quick);
Knulson, Lloyd B.: 527 Hoeschler Bldg; 1948.
Kratt (William S.), Lachecki (Chester), Myers (Michael
Solberg (Rodney - mechanical engineer) Inc.; 37 Copeland
Ave; 1972-1974. (See also Boldt-Lachecki Architects, Inc.
and Kratt-Lachecki Architects, Inc. )
Kratt (Wm.S.) - Lachecki (Chester) Architects, Inc.; 415
Bldg; 1969-1972. (See also Boldt-Lachecki Architects, Inc.
and Kratt, Lachecki, Myers & Solberg, Inc.).
Lee, Anthony; 626 S. 3rd; 1941.
Leinfelder, Joseph A.; 629 S. 9th; 1884-1890.
Maguolo (George G.) & Quick; Associates; Wm. A. Johnson &
Chester S. Lachecki; 1014 Winnebago; 1961-1965,
Matson, J. Mandor; 320 Exchange Bldg; 1941.
Merman (Otto A.) & Skogstad (Herbert W.): 205 S. 4th;
Merman, Otto A.; 306 Batavian Bank Bldg; 1922-1924;
(See also Merman &: Skogstad and Bentley & Merman).
Myers, Michael F.; 1110 S. Losey Blvd; 1971-1972. (See
Kratt, Lachecki, Myers & Solberg, Inc.).
Nelson (Orval J. ) & Fuchs (Frank J.); 115 S. 4th;
Nichols, W.H.J.; Knudson's Block, 2nd floor; 1856-1873.
Parker, William H.; 112 Main; 1884-1893; 1899.
Parkinson (A.E.) & Dockendorff (Bernard J.); Linker Bldg;
Randall, J.P.; visiting architect for 1870 only.
Ross, Charles J.; Post Office Block; 1870-1876.
Ross, Henry J.; 1128 Vine; 1890.
Ross, J. William; 1123 S. 11th; 1890.
Ross, Miss Rosa M.; 1118 La Crosse; 1884.
Roth, Andrew; 323-324 McMillan Bldg; 1893-1897; 1911-1919.
(See also Schick & Roth)
Schick (Hugo) & Roth (Andrew); 18-19 Batavian Bank Bldg;
Schubert, Carl W. & Associates; 308 Hoeschler Bldg;
(See also Boyum, Schubert & Sorenson; Schubert & Schroeder
& Associates; and Schubert, Sorenson & Associates)
Schubert (Carl W.) & Schroeder (Wm. L.) & Associates; 37
Ave; 1971-1973. (See also Boyum, Schubert & Sorenson;
Schubert & Associates; Schubert, Sorenson Associates)
Schubert, Sorenson (Roy E.) & Associates; 308 Hoeschler
1955-1960. (See also Boyum, Schubert & Sorenson;
Schubert & Associates; Schubert & Schroeder & Associates;
Sorenson, O.J. & R.E.)
Sol, King; 3521 Ward Ave; 1966-1968.
Sorenson, O.J.; 226 Main; 1930-1934. (See also Sorenson,
O.J. & R.E.)
Sorenson, O.J. & R.E.; 226 Main; 1924-1928. (See also
Sorenson, O.J.; Boyum, Schubert & Sorenson (R.E.);
Schubert, Sorenson &: Associates)
Stoltze (Gustave) & Schick (Hugo); 9 Batavian Bank Bldg;
(See also Schick & Roth)
Stoltze, Gustave; HON. 3rd; 1885-1888. (See also Stoltze &
Struck, C.F.; Mons Anderson Block; 1877-1881.
Walcott, E.S.; 320 Main; 1895-1897.