Albert Henry Dyer (1854-1926), Architect

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O'Neill, 1890-1891, and Fremont, Nebraska, 1893-1926


DBA: A. H. Dyer & Company; A. H. Dyer Company

Albert H. Dyer was born on June 3, 1854 in Bridgeport, Connecticut.[4][7] After growing up in New Haven, Connecticut, Dyer moved to Atkinson, Nebraska and married Hattie Blackmer on March 17, 1891.[4] They later settled in Fremont, Nebraska, where Dyer lived for the rest of his life.[4][7]

Dyer had a formative influence on Freemont's development as the place's first city building engineer, putting in place building regulations and ordinances.[4] Beyond this role, Dyer designed many buildings in Freemont and other Nebraskan towns in his capacity as an architect, despite his lack of college education.[4] People looked to him as an authority on reinforced concrete and beam loads.[4]

Dyer died on November 24, 1926.[7]

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

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

O'Neill, Nebraska, 1890-1891

Fremont, Nebraska, 1893-1895, 1902-1903, 1906-1909, 1910-1926

Educational & Professional Associations

1890-1891: architect, O’Neill, Nebraska.

1893-1926: architect, Fremont, Nebraska.[4][7]

1907-1917: architect and principal, A. H. Dyer & Company, Architects, Fremont, Nebraska.

Other Associations

1916-1917: employed Emil Paul Schreier, draftsman.

1916-1917: employed Fred V. Thomas, draftsman.[9]

Buildings & Projects

Dated

Fremont Saddlery Company Building (1892), Fremont, Nebraska.[1]

Blumenthal Clothing Store Building (1893), Fremont, Nebraska.[5][b]

R. B. Schneider house (1897), 234 W 10th, Fremont, Nebraska. (DD05:A-051)

J. C. Robinson house (ca. 1900), 103 E. Lincoln, Waterloo, Nebraska.[2] (DO12-001) National Register narrative

Addition, Valentine Public School (1908), Valentine, Nebraska.[2] (CE14-002) National Register narrative

St. Luke’s Catholic Church [Kostel sv Lukase] (1910-1912), Loma, Nebraska. (BU09-005)

First National Bank Building (1912), 505-07 N Main, Fremont, Nebraska.

Fremont Junior High School (ca.1912), Fremont, Nebraska.[4]

Frank H. Fowler Store Building (1913), Fremont, Nebraska.[6]

Fremont High School (1913-1914), Fremont, Nebraska.[6] (DD05:D-154)

Dodge County Courthouse (1914-1917), 435 N Park Ave, Fremont, Nebraska.[4] (DD05:E-006)

Pathfinder Hotel (1916), Fremont, Nebraska.[4]

H. P. Lau Wholesale Grocery Building (1923-1924), Fremont, Nebraska.[6]

Undated

Farmers Telephone Company Office Building (n.d.), North Bend, Nebraska.[6]

Richards & Keene Warehouse (n.d.), Fremont, Nebraska.[6]

Fremont Hospital (n.d.), Fremont, Nebraska.[6]

Howells State Bank (n.d.), Howells, Nebraska.[6]

Colfax County Bank (n.d.), Howells, Nebraska.[6]

Wiley & Morehouse Warehouse (n.d.), Fremont, Nebraska.[6]

District 4 School (n.d.), Lodgepole, Nebraska.[6]

First National Bank (n.d.), Pilger, Nebraska.[6]

Fremont Stockyards and Land Company Office Building (n.d.), Fremont, Nebraska.[6]

Bus Depot (n.d.), Fremont, Nebraska.[6]

Alterations, Power Plant (n.d.), Fremont, Nebraska.[6]

Fourth Grade School (n.d.), Fremont, Nebraska.[4]

Casper High School (n.d.), Casper, Wyoming.[4]

North Bend High School (n.d.), North Bend, Nebraska.[4][a]

Annex, Hotel Eno (n.d.), location unknown.[6]

Store Building and Hotel Annex for Ruwe and Koehnhack (n.d.), Fremont, Nebraska.[6]

Brick Store Building for Jesse A. Ruwe (n.d.), Fremont, Nebraska.[6]

Odd Fellows Home (n.d.), York, Nebraska.[6]

Waechter Dwellings (n.d.), Fremont, Nebraska.[8]

Notes

a. Reference [4] implies this is North Bend, Wyoming.

b. Reference [5] credits Dyer as the architect with Seeley & Son Company, Architects.

References

1. Fremont Daily Herald (March 16, 1892).

2. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

3. AIA Historical Directory of American Architects: A Resource Guide to Finding Information About Past Architects, accessed April 27, 2010, http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/ahd1012062.aspx

4. Henry F. Withey and Elsie Rathburn Withey, comp., Biographical Dictionary of American Architects (Deceased) (Los Angeles: New Age Publishing Company, 1956); Facsimile edition, Hennessey & Ingalls, Inc., (1970), 185.

5. Fremont Tribune (May 20, 1893), 4:2.

6. Albert Henry Dyer Collection, Nebraska State Historical Society, RG4050.AM., accessed April 23, 2013, http://nebraskahistory.org/lib-arch/research/manuscripts/family/albert-dyer.htm

7. “A. H. Dyer Dies from Heart Trouble,” Fremont Evening Tribune (November 26, 1926), 2:1.

8. Postcard, Nebraska State Historical Society Photograph Collections (Carter Purchase, September 2005).

9. Application for Registration to Practice Professional Engineering and Architecture, Nebraska State Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Architects, August 13, 1938. Nebraska State Historical Society RG081 SG2.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Albert Henry Dyer (1854-1926), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, April 23, 2013. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, December 10, 2019.


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