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Edward V. Lofstrom Papers

 Collection
Identifier: M/A 0026

Description of Contents

The Edward V. Lofstrom Collection consists of one box of materials including: newspaper clippings, correspondence, design prints, and reports from the 1960s-1990s concerning transit matters in the Twin Cities. Many published reports were removed from the collection and incorporated into the Minneapolis History Collection.

Dates

  • 1966 - 1992

Creator

Access Restrictions

The collection is available for use in Special Collections during the department's open hours.

Biography

Edward Victor Lofstrom was born March 13, 1913 in Litchfield Minnesota. He attended the University of Minnesota where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in Architecture in 1935. After receiving his degree he designed both residential and civic buildings in a number of locations. These included numerous cities around Minnesota as well as New York City, and as far away as Ankara, Turkey.

In addition to his work as an architect he was a proponent of alternative modes of urban transportation. He was especially interested in promoting the implementation of a light rail system to serve the Twin Cities and the surrounding area. To this end he became involved in a number of groups that advocated mass transit. These included H.E.L.P (Highways Eliminate Lakes and Parks), the Advisory Commission, and the Advisory Committee on Transit.

With these groups he wrote letters and reports to newspapers and politicians describing issues with the existing transit system. Chief among these was the proliferation of the private automobile. He believed that the continued growth use of automobiles and busses lead to the creation of urban sprawl. Therefore, he believed that the best way to avoid this was the creation of a light rail system.

From the 1960s through the 1990s he worked with transportation groups in an effort to implement a light rail system. With these groups he advocated the cost effectiveness of this system, as well as its lessened effects on the environment. In addition, he continued to write to various people and media outlets describing the advantage of this system as a clean, quiet, and safe alternative to private transportation. Furthermore, he became active in the battle over highway 55, and the Hiawatha Corridor Light Rail project.

In addition to his civic work, he was also involved with the Minnesota Transit Museum. In 1979 he designed a car barn for their Lake Harriet location which is now the Minnesota Street Car Museum. In addition he was asked to engineer a retaining wall for the museum, and sign off on the prefabricated portions of the building.

Lofstrom died on January 15, 2002 in Edina Minnesota. He was 89 years old.

Extent

3 boxes (3 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Title
Edward V. Lofstrom Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Benjamin C. Skinner
Date
March 2, 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Hennepin County Library Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis MN 55401 U.S.A.
612-543-8200