Albert William Meinzen (1889-1949), Architect

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Lincoln, 1939-1940, and Hastings, Nebraska, 1938-1944
Albert Meinzen, ca. 1938.

Albert William Meinzen was born on March 11, 1889. He was an architect who worked throughout the country. Some of the highlights of the Nebraska leg of his career were his part in the design of the House of Yesterday and of the Alcott School. He worked at the Hastings Naval Ammunition Depot to help the war effort. Following a decline in health, Meinzen moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana in September, 1948 in order to be nearer to his brother and sister. Meinzen died April 28, 1949.[1][3]

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

Lincoln, Nebraska, 1939-1940 Hastings, Nebraska, 1938, 1944

Educational & Professional Associations

1895-1907: St. Paul Lutheran, and Anthony Wayne Institute, Fort Wayne, Indiana.[1][a]

1908-1910: with Bradley & Allen, Architects, Fort Wayne, Indiana.[1]

1910-1912: with Grindle & Bradley, Architects, Indianapolis, Indiana.[1]

1913-1915: with architectural department, E. Jackson Case Company, Chicago, Illinois.[1]

1913-1922: International Correspondence School, “Complete Architecture” course.[1]

1915-1917: with architectural department, Leonard Construction Company, Chicago, Illinois.[1]

1919-1922: chief draftsman and superintendent, R. A. Bradley & Company, Hastings and Scottsbluff, Nebraska.[1]

1922-1923: architect and partner, R. A. Bradley & Company, Hastings and Scottsbluff, Nebraska.[1]

1923-1925: Weidner & Sweeney, Architects, Casper, Wyoming.[1]

1925-1929: architect and partner, R. A. Bradley & Company, Hastings, Nebraska.[1]

1930-1932: architect, M. L. Evans, Architect, Hastings, Nebraska.[1]

1935-1938: architect, K. H. Gedney Company, Architects, Hastings, Nebraska.[1][b]

1938: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska, August 15, 1938; A-57.[1]

1939: no listings in Hastings or Lincoln City Directories

1940: listed as an engineer in Lincoln City Directory

1941-1949: no listings in Lincoln or Hastings City Directories.

ca. 1944-1946: employed at the Hastings Naval Ammunition Depot.[3]

Buildings & Projects

Natrona County High School (1923-1925), Casper, Wyoming. Architect in charge for Weidner & Sweeney, Architects, Casper, Wyoming.[1]

Assisted in design of House of Yesterday Museum (n.d.), Hastings, Nebraska.[3] (for Marcus L Evans or K. H. Gedney)


a. The Anthony Wayne Institute appears to have been a business school; see [2].

b. Last Hastings directory listing, 1937. No Hastings directory, 1938.


1. Application for Registration to Practice Professional Engineering and Architecture, Nebraska State Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Architects, December 14, 1937. Nebraska State Historical Society RG081 SG2.

2. “Catalog, Anthony Wayne Institute : a different school founded upon modern methods, for teachers, former teachers and high school graduates (1920),” Internet Archive website, contributed by the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center, 2009, accessed November 15, 2011,

3. “Bert Meinzen Dies in Indiana,” Hastings Daily Tribune (April 29, 1949), 11:3.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Albert William Meinzen (1889-1949), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, February 17, 2015. Accessed, August 11, 2022.

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