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Alfred C. Finn Papers

Identifier: MSS 0019

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of many numbered jobs with the numbers beginning at 100 and continuing to 675. There are also numerous unnumbered drawings as well as a few drawings by other architects, including: Joseph Finger; Kenneth Franzheim; Sanguinett and Staats; George. E. Dickey; John Eberson; Endress and Cato; Olle Lorehn; Mauran, Russell and Associates; W. C. Hedrick, and John Staub.


  • 1913-1964

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Biographical Note

Alfred C. Finn was born in Bellville, Texas, in 1883. In 1895, Finn left home to work on the Brazos River Bridge at Hempstead. From there he went to Houston in 1900 where he worked for the Southern Pacific Railway shops. He studied drafting and became a draftsman for an abstract company. In 1904, he moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth area where he joined the architectural firm of Sanguinett and Staats as a draftsman and later as an apprentice to Charles G. Staats. The firm transferred him to its Houston office in 1912 as an assistant to the manager.

In May 1913, Finn established his own office. His first job was designing the ten-story Foster Building. In subsequent years, he designed many of the city's land-mark buildings and claimed among his clients Tom Ball and Jesse H. Jones, the latter being an associate of many years.


13 Linear Feet (Architectural Drawings: 368 jobs, over 10,000 sheets.)

Language of Materials



The rolls of drawings and prints are bagged and arranged alphabetically by name of the building, owner of the residence, or name of the town if other than Houston, and are indexed in a separate card file (see staff member). The flat file material includes specification, folded prints, and correspondence and is arranged alphabetically in a similar manner.

Acquisition Information

Initial material placed on deposit by Michael M. and Frank H. Spata, September 9, 1975

Additional material accumulated from various sources.

General note

On 1-16-78 HMRC acquired an additional 24 linear ft. of unprocessed Finn material.
Alfred C. Finn
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center Repository


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