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Frederick Jacob Bentz, American architect. Registered architect, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota. Recipient citation American Association School Administrators, 1969.


Bentz, Frederick Jacob was born on November 26, 1922 in McGregor, Iowa, United States. Son of Fred August and Ethel Alice (Kramer) Bentz.


Student, University Rochester, 1941. Bachelor of Architecture with distinction, University Minnesota, 1948.


Association, Long & Thorshov, Minneapolis, 1948-1959; vice president, Thorshov & Cerny, Minneapolis, 1959-1966; senior vice president, Cerny Associations, Inc., Minneapolis, 1966-1971; president, Frederick Bentz/Milo Thompson/Robert Rietow, Inc., Minneapolis, 1971-1994. Secretary State Board Architecture, Engineering, St. Paul, 1981-1985. Member of advisory committee Dunwoody Industrial Institute, Minneapolis, 1986-1994.


  • Registered architect, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota.


  • Other Work

    • Principal works include pedestrian skyways, Minneapolis, Brunswick Methodist Church, Minneapolis, Concordia College Student Center, St. Paul, Nekoosa High School, Wisconsin, Dayton's Home Store, Minneapolis, Temple Israel addition, Minneapolis, Somsen Hall renovation, Winona, Minnesota, Sundin Museum Hall, St. Paul, Dayton's Southdale, Edina, Minnesota.


Member commission on architecture Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, 1966-1974, secretary, 1969-1973. Member Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture, Washington, since 1979, Minnesota Higher Education Facilities Authority, St. Paul, 1979-1983, State Energy Policy Task Force, St. Paul, 1973. Chairman task force Minneapolis Citizens School Facilities, 1970.

Fellow American Institute of Architects (Reynolds Memorial Awards jury 1972, president Minneapolis chapter 1970, Honor award 1970). Member Minnesota Society Architects (president 1974, Merit award 1974), Minnesota Architectural Foundation (board directors 1981-1985), Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce (chairman education committee 1970-1971), Minneapolis Athletic Club (building improvement committee 1977-1991).


Married Gladys Ann Ronning, May 31, 1957. Children– Mariann Louise, John Ronning.

Fred August Bentz

Ethel Alice (Kramer) Bentz

Gladys Ann Ronning

Mariann Louise Bentz

John Ronning Bentz