Beman, S. S. (Solon Spencer), 1853-1914

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The Pioneer Press Building (now known as the Pioneer Building) was designed by architect Solon Beman of Chicago. It was erected in downtown St. Paul in 1888-1889 to house the offices and presses of the St. Paul Pioneer Press newspaper. Critic Montgomery Schuyler called the building an "uncompromising parallelopiped of brown brick [which] rears itself to the height of twelve stories" and was "eminent for the strictness with which the design conforms itself to the utilitarian conditions of the structure" when he saw it in its completed form in 1891 after four floors had been added. The building has a dramatic interior light court (the only surviving 19th century example in either Minneapolis or St. Paul) with offices arranged around it. The Pioneer Building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and given local landmark status by the city of St. Paul in 1979.Solon Beman, was born in Brooklyn, New York on October 1, 1853, and studied architecture under Richard Upjohn in New York City. In 1879 he moved to Chicago where he set up what became a large and prosperous practice. Beman designed all the buildings for the company towns of Pullman, Illinois, and Ivorydale, near Cincinnati. He also designed many prominent office and public buildings in Chicago and elsewhere in the Midwest. Beman died in Chicago on April 23, 1914.

From the description of Pioneer Press building collection 1888-1890. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 308168587

Beman earned his Harvard SB in 1938.

From the description of Races and cultures of Oceania : Anthropology 17. 1938. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 228512062

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf St. Paul Dispatch-Pioneer Press (Saint Paul, Minn.). Historical materials, 1862-2001 (bulk 1862-1948). Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Replinger, John G. Burnham Library-University of Illinois project to microfilm architectural documentation daybooks collection, 1950-1952. Aurora University, Phillips Library
referencedIn Taylor, J. W., 1846-1918. J.W. Taylor photograph collection, ca. 1880-1910. Aurora University, Phillips Library
creatorOf Beman, Spencer Solon. Races and cultures of Oceania : Anthropology 17. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Historical materials., 1862-2001 (bulk 1862-1948). Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Hasbrouck, Wilbert R. Prairie School Press archives 1961-1981. Aurora University, Phillips Library
creatorOf Beman, S. S. (Solon Spencer), 1853-1914. Solon S. Beman and Spencer S. Beman collection, 1892-1959. Aurora University, Phillips Library
referencedIn Beman, Solon Spencer, 1887-1952,. Scrapbook of architectural designs, plans and details mostly executed by Solon Spencer Beman, 1853-1914. Chicago History Museum
creatorOf Welch, Franklin I. [First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, Mass.] [model]. Centre canadien d'architecture, | Canadian Centre for Architecture | CCA
creatorOf Beman, S. S. (Solon Spencer), 1853-1914. Pioneer Press building collection 1888-1890. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Welch, Franklin I. The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, Mass. [model]. Centre canadien d'architecture, | Canadian Centre for Architecture | CCA
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associatedWith Beman, Solon Spencer, 1887-1952, person
associatedWith Beman, S. S. (Spencer S.), d. 1952 person
associatedWith Coon, Carleton Stevens, 1904- person
associatedWith Harvard University corporateBody
associatedWith Pioneer Building (Saint Paul, Minn.) corporateBody
associatedWith St. Paul Dispatch-Pioneer Press (Saint Paul, Minn.). corporateBody
associatedWith St. Paul Dispatch-Pioneer Press (Saint Paul, Minn.). corporateBody
associatedWith Taylor, J. W., 1846-1918. person
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Saint Paul
Illinois--Chicago
Pullman (Ill.)
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Architecture--19th century--Sources
Architecture--20th century--Sources
Church architecture--20th century--Sources
Commercial buildings--Designs and plans
Architects--Archives
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Birth 1853-10-01

Death 1914-04-23

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