A young Harold ‘Spitz’ Spitznagel launched his architectural practice in 1930 with $20 in working capital and a $15-a-month office. Those were the days when one’s word was a bond, and a handshake was as good as a contract.
His first meaningful project, a new $425,000 City Hall in Sioux Falls, was hailed as a, “masterpiece of beauty and utility” by the local newspaper. Many projects followed through the 1930’s and 40’s: a resort hotel, movie theater, numerous churches, a radio station, apartment building, department store, country club, and many award-winning homes. As time went on, Spitz earned special recognition for his art and architecture in religious facilities.