W.H. Jacoby & Son, 250-252 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota, (Razed)

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Jacoby & Son

Address: 250 Nicollet Avenue
Neighborhood/s: Downtown, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hennepin County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Historic Function: Photography Studio

Downtown Minneapolis Hennepin

William Jacoby was born in Massillon, Ohio on May 24, 1841. He had a few photographic studios in Ohio before he moved to Minneapolis with his Brother Hiram. William Jacoby opened a studio in the center of the emerging downtown Minneapolis neighborhood of Bridge Square. Bridge Square was on the west side of the Hennepin Avenue bridge, where Hennepin, Nicollet and Washington Avenues converged, and it was an important city center for 19th century Minneapolis. It was about five years after Jacoby moved to Minneapolis when he began occupying the studio that is pictured here, which was located a few blocks south of Bridge Square on Nicollet. Jacoby owned this building for the rest of his life, and his son eventually took over the studio that occupied it.

William Jacoby wasn’t the first professional photographer to live in and work in Minnesota, but he was certainly an early example. Jacoby’s long and prolific career makes him an extremely important figure in the history of photography in Minnesota. The many names by which Jacoby’s studio were known (Jacoby’s Art Hall; The Jacoby Photograph Gallery; Scientific Photographers, etc.) reflect the various styles of photography in which Jacoby worked. When many photographers went (or continued) west to document natural wonders and the expansion of the United States, Jacoby stayed in Minneapolis to document the growth of an emerging city.

The following excerpt is taken from William Jacoby’s obituary in the Minneapolis Start Tribune.

“Word has been received of the death of William H. Jacoby of Minneapolis in Los Angeles, Cal. He was one of the early residents in Minneapolis, having come here forty years ago. He went to California last August for the benefit of his health, having suffered for several years with stomach trouble.

Until sixteen years ago he was a photographer here and was one of the first to have a studio being located for a number of years on the corner of Nicollet avenue and Third street in the first building built on Nicollet south of Washington.

Mr. Jacoby was 64 years of age and was a thirty-second degree Mason and a Knights Templar. He is survived by his wife, who went to California with him, and a son, C.L. Jacoby, who resides in Minneapolis. There is also a brother Hiram Jacoby in St. Peter, Minn.” (1906).


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Additional information about William, Hiram and Charles Jacoby

Here are some photographs taken by William H. Jacoby

Here are some photographs taken by Charles Jacoby, son of William

Photo studio of Hiram Jacoby, William's brother


Minneapolis Star Tribune, February 2, 1906

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