Abe H. Brodkey (1901-1963), Architect

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Abe H. Brodkey, 1941
Sioux City, Iowa, 1923-1927; Omaha, Nebraska, 1927-1963

DBA: A. H. Brodkey Company, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

Abe H. Brodkey was born in 1901 in Sioux City, Iowa. He practiced in Sioux City after getting his B. S. in Architecture from the University of Michigan.[3] He was married and had two daughters. He relocated to Omaha in 1927, starting his own construction firm under his own name.[3][5] He died on November 24, 1963 in Omaha.[5]

This page is a contribution to the publication, Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. See the format and contents page for more information on the compilation and page organization.

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Omaha, Nebraska, 1941-1943

Educational & Professional Associations

1906-1914: Hopkins School, Sioux City, Iowa.[3]

1914-1918: Central High School, Sioux City, Iowa.[3]

1918-1923: B.S. in Architecture, University of Michigan.[3]

1923-1924: draftsman, Colby Westerland & Reynolds, Architects, Sioux City, Iowa.[3]

1924-1925: architect, Home Finance Company, Sioux City, Iowa.[3]

1925-1927: partner, Singer-Brodkey Company, Sioux City, Iowa.[3]

1927-1964: partner and president, A. H. Brodkey Company, Omaha, Nebraska.[3][5]][a]

1941: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska, March 21, 1941; A-124.[3]

Other Associations

1932: employed Floyd E. Henzie as a superintendent.

1947-1957: employed George W. Dunn, estimator (1947-1955) and architect (1956-1957).

1959-1968: employed John Longmaid Offutt, estimator (1959-1963) and designer (1964-1968).

Buildings & Projects

House (1929), 108 S 55th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[4]

House (1939), 659 J.E. George Blvd., Omaha, Nebraska.[2] (DO09:0436-105)

Novak Cadillac-Bernard Brothers Auto Showroom (1952), 2525 Dodge, Omaha, Nebraska.[1][2] (DO09:0209-004)


a. During this period, and perhaps earlier, Brodkey may have also worked as a contractor. A. H. Brodkey & Company, for example, were the general contractors for construction of the Nazareth Hall and two new dormitories at the St. James' Orphanage, 60th & Bedford Avenue in Omaha, designed by Jacob Nachtigall. See "Contracts for 3 New Buildings are Signed," Evening World-Herald (June 5, 1931): 4.


1. Landmarks, Inc., An Inventory of Historic Omaha Buildings (Omaha: City of Omaha and Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission, 1980), 114.

2. City of Omaha Planning Department, Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission, Database, Query on Architects, May 20, 2002; courtesy of Lynn Meyer, Preservation Planner.

3. Application for Registration to Practice Professional Engineering and Architecture, Nebraska State Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Architects, December 27, 1937. Nebraska State Historical Society RG081 SG2.

4. Landmarks Inc., “Spring Home Tour ’91 South Happy Hollow Neighborhood,” On Tour (Omaha, Nebraska: Landmarks Inc., May 1991).

5. "Abe H. Brodkey Dies at 62," Lincoln Journal Star (November 25, 1963), 6.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Abe H. Brodkey (1901-1963), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, September 30, 2014. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, August 13, 2022.

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