Before coming to Duluth to practice architecture Francis H.Fitzgerald had the benefit of study and training under the greatest masters of the art in Scotland and England and also with several prominent firms in America.
Mr. Fitzgerald was born in Scotland May 28, 1880. He was liberally educated and holds diplomas and other certificates of proficiency from the Royal Institute of British Architects, the London Institute of Technology and the Technical Schools of South Kensington, London. He came alone to the United States in 1907, and for a time was employed as an architectural engineer at Martin’s Ferry, Ohio. He was an architect’s assistant to the firm of Janssen & Abbot at Pittsburgh, and similarly was engaged at Chicago with Shepley, Rutan & Collidge, and also with two foremost Chicago architects, Jarvis Hunt and D. I. Burnham & Company.
In 1913 he came to Duluth and a year later opened an office for himself in the Alworth Building.
Mr.Fitzgerald is associate architect of such notable homes as those of J. G. Williams, G. F. French, C. H. Bagley, M. F. Fay, G. H. Spencer, W. C. Agnew, and architect for P. H. Ginder, D. Holmes, Mrs. Norman McDonald, C. H. Marshall at Pike Lake, H. N. Williams, Simon Clark, etc. His work in commercial architecture is represented by the First National Bank at Nashwauk, the Northwestern Textile Factory, the United Display Company’s Factory, the People’s State Bank of Duluth, the F. A. Patrick warehouse and store, the D. & I. R. Railway office building at Two Harbors, the Duluth Edison Electric Company’s sub-station of West Duluth, etc.
Mr.Fitzgerald is affiliated with Ionic Lodge of Masons, is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Duluth Engineers Club, Duluth Commercial Club, Duluth Architects Association, Kiwanis Club and attends the First Presbyterian Church.
Francis H. Fitzgerald’s 1965 obituary:
Architect Fitzgerald Dies at 85.
Francis H. Fitzgerald, 85, a veteran Duluth architect and designer of the Ridgeview Golf Club, died Wednesday in a Duluth nursing home. Mr.Fitzgerald, of 2318 Roslyn Avenue, had been a resident of Duluth for 52 years. A native of Scotland he was educated at the university of Edinburgh Art School. He was the holder of a degree from the Royal Institute of British Architects. He was a member and past president of the Duluth Architect’s Association, a member of the Minnesota Federation of Architects, Engineers and land Surveyors, Glen Avon Presbyterian, Glen Avon Masonic Lodge and Duluth Chamber of Commerce. In the years before the high bridge was built, he was a leading exponent of the plan to link Duluth and Superior by tunnel.