Our History

Our History

September 23, 2015

Last week, we took a moment to celebrate our 101 Anniversary and the party couldn’t have been better. Thank you to all who stopped by to share the great evening with our staff and past partners. As we stood in a room buzzing with great conversation…

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July 7, 2015

One of the best things our past partner, Oz Thorson, did was hire Hovey Brom. Hovey has not only contributed to our early impact on the Cedar Valley, but he’s been an inspiration to all staff since he was hired in 1952 after studying at Iowa State University. …

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July 5, 2015

Not long after INVISION opened its Waterloo office in 1945, the firm began to make a big impact on the growing Waterloo and Cedar Falls communities. The landscape is now scattered with the work of INVISION, standing tall and proud not only in structure, but also in significance …

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June 29, 2015

After opening a second office in the Waterloo area in 1945, Oz Thorson initiated the major growth and INVISION’s impact on the community ever since. Leveraging his father’s great reputation and applying his own expertise and “stupid luck,” as he so humbly called it, Oz expanded the long-time …

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June 25, 2015

Even in the 1930’s INVISION leveraged innovative ideas. Our founder, Thorwald Thorson, created a new concrete construction system using modular, interlocking, movable and reusable wooden forms that allowed for more structural opportunities. The 1940’s Ventura High School Auditorium and Gymnasium showcased the firm’s refined used of this system. …

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April 30, 2015

When Thorwald Thorson created the first design of his new practice for a local church in 1914, he started something big. In the 1920s and 1930s, Thorwald scattered the Midwest with his mastery of church design, working in Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota and Nebraska. It was …

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April 20, 2015

Oswald (Oz) Thorson came to the firm in 1945, joining his father and INVISION’S founder, Thorwald Thorson. He attended Waldorf College and then went on to study architecture at the University of Minnesota. After graduating and serving in the Army, Oz returned home in 1945 to expand his …

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March 12, 2015

INVISION has grown out of the practice of one man, Thorwald Thorson. His family moved from Norway, settling on a farm outside of Forest City, Iowa where he became the first person in his neighborhood to attend high school. He went on to teach and took courses in …

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