George Hancock (architect)

George Hancock (1849- 1924) was an architect active in North Dakota, Montana and Minnesota. [1]

St. Michael's Hospital and Nurses' Residence, in Grand Forks, North Dakota


George David Hancock was born in Gloucestershire, England. He was educated at South Kensington Institute in London, England. He moved to Dakota Territory in 1882, settling in Fargo, North Dakota with his brother Walter Benjamin Hancock (1863-1929), when they were 33 and 17, respectively. Walter Hancock attended Syracuse University where he graduated with a degree in architecture in 1889. [2][3]

After a fire destroyed much of Downtown Fargo in 1893, George and Walter designed around half of the replacement buildings.[3] After advocating for a 1917 law requiring architects in North Dakota to be licensed, he and Walter became the first two licensed architects in the state. The firm of Hancock Brothers to also operated open a branch office at Bozeman, Montana.[4][5][3]

Notable worksEdit

Many of their works are listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, with credit individually or as Hancock Brothers or variations. Their works include:


  1. ^ "Hancock Brothers, George D. and Walter B." (PDF). Biographical Dictionary of Great Plains Architects. Retrieved February 1, 2020.
  2. ^ "Hancock, Walter B., 1863–1929" (PDF). North Dakota State University Libraries. Retrieved February 1, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Wagner, Steven P. (December 12, 1999). "Designs stand the test of time". The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. Archived from the original on 2011-08-19.
  4. ^ "Hancock Brothers". Retrieved February 1, 2020.
  5. ^ "The Under Appreciated Architects of Historic Bozeman". Bozeman Daily Chronicle. Retrieved February 1, 2020.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  7. ^ Norene A. Roberts (February 12, 1983). "NRHP Inventory-Nomination: Knerr Block, Floyd Block, McHench Building and Webster and Coe Building". National Park Service. and Accompanying six photos, exterior and interior, from 1982