A. Reinhold Melander

A. Reinhold Melander (1894-1979) was a home-grown architect, graduating from Central High School and the University of Minnesota School of Architecture.  He taught architecture at the U. of M. and the University of North Dakota for two years before partnering with Harold Starin in Duluth in 1924.  During World War I he spent 21 months in France as a lieutenant of engineers.  He established himself in Duluth with the firm of Starin and Melander.  In 1930 he organized his own firm, A. Reinhold Melander Architects Inc., which in 1957 became Melander, Fugelso and Associates.  In 1971 he joined with his son Donald K. to form the firm of Melander and Melander.  From 1956 through 1964 he was on the executive board of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and served this group as president for two years.  Melander was primarily known for his work on institutions—hospitals, schools and churches—throughout the upper midwest region.  The buildings included:

  • All three general hospitals in Duluth (St. Luke’s, St. Mary’s, and Miller-Dwan)
  • The general hospital in International Falls
  • First Lutheran and First United Methodist churches
  • The Northwestern Bank of Commerce
  • The North Shore State Bank
  • Somers Hall and the Science Building on the College of St. Scholastica campus
  • The Duluth Post Office,
  • Dormitories at Bemidji State University
  • Duluth junior high schools


  • Larson, Jill. Intensive Survey of Historic Resources in Duluth’s East End (Part 1). City of Duluth, Duluth Heritage Preservation Commission, Duluth, Minn.: August 2007.
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