Melvin Hathaway Hapgood (1859-1899)

Volume 15  Issue 4,   Winter 2008-2009

The Architect Who Designed the Simsbury Free Library

A seventh generation descendant of Shadrach Hapgood who arrived in Massachusetts from England in 1656 at the age of fourteen, Melvin Hathaway Hapgood and his architectural firm designed several significant Simsbury buildings. Hapgood was born February 11, 1859, in a log cabin in the pioneer settlement of Minneapolis, Minnesota, where his parents had bought a forty-acre claim shortly after their marriage.

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