Norman K. Aldrich (1856-1933), Architect

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Galesburg, Illinois, 1900-1933

DBA: N. K. Aldrich

N. K. Aldrich was a Galesburg, Illinois architect who was in practice by the late 1890s, continuing until near his death in 1933. Little else is presently known, other than he participated in an Alaska gold rush adventure from 1898-1899, and was a member of the Galesburg Martial Band during the first World War. His single Nebraska architectural attribution appears to be a reworking of another architect’s plan.[1][2][3][4][a][b]

This page is a contribution to the publication, Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. See the format and contents page for more information on the compilation and page organization.

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Stockholm Swedish Lutheran Church, 1900-1901 (NeSHPO)

Buildings & Projects

Stockholm Swedish Lutheran Church (1900-1901), Shickley vicinity, Fillmore County, Nebraska.[1][a] (FM00-020) National Register Narrative

Galesburg School Building, two story (1913), Galesburg, Illinois.[6]

Galesburg School Building, one story (1913), Galesburg, Illinois.[7]

C. T. Liken House (1913), 2 Main, Knoxville, Illinois.[7][10]

H. T. Gilbert House (1913), Knoxville, Illinois.[7][8]

A. R. Anderson House (1913), 592 Academy, Galesburg, Illinois.[8][9]

Lake Storey Beach and Pavilion (1929-1930), Galesburg, Illinois.[3]


N. K. Aldrich, "Modern Picturesque Homes". Ca. 1903.[5]


a. Aldrich is credited with the design of the Stockholm Church, “after plans drawn by Swedish-American architect Olaf [sic] Cervin of Rock Island, Illinois.” (Church minutes, 1899; cited in Hendrickson, Landgren, and Gilkerson, 1995).[1]

b. Birth and death years from Robison.[3]


1. Joan E. Hendrickson, Norman E. Landgren, and Joni Gilkerson, “Stockholm Swedish Lutheran Church and Cemetery,” "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form". Shickley and Lincoln: Stockholm Lutheran Church and Nebraska State Historical Society, February, 1995.

2. Rex Cherrington, “The Galesburg Alaska Mining and Developing Company Left Galesburg One Hundred Years Ago,” "Zephyr Online", April 16, 1998, accessed June 25, 2013,

3. Carley R. Robison, "Galesburg, Illinois: In Vintage Postcards". Mount Pleasant, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2000, 96.

4. "Knox County, Illinois. The Honor Roll, 1917-1918-1919: Being Record of What was Done in Knox County in Those Three Eventful Years and Who Did It". Galesburg: The Wagoner Printing, 1920, p. 254.

5. “A handsome home, showing finely outlined details. Design no. 137.” Single image from the book, "Modern Picturesque Homes", by N. K. Aldrich. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Online Catalog. Accessed June 25, 2013.

6. "The American Contractor" 34:9 (March 1, 1913): 58.

7. "The American Contractor" 34:4 (January 25, 1913): 38.

8. "Construction News" 35:10 (March 8, 1913): 27.

9. "Construction News" 35:15 (April 12, 1913): 27.

10. "Construction News" 35:20 (May 17, 1913): 28.

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Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Norman K. Aldrich (1856-1933), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, June 25, 2013. Accessed, August 8, 2022.

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