Alexander Shields (1851-1927), Architect

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1894-1915

Alexander Shields was born in June 1851 in Pennsylvania.[8] He worked as an architect and draftsman in Omaha. He was married in 1898 to Margaret Dowdle, and was later widowed. He died in 1927.[3][4][8][9][10]

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, 1894-1895, 1901-1903, 1905, 1911, 1915

Educational & Professional Associations

1870: farmer, Black Lick, Pennsylvania.[4]

1888-1893: architect and partner, Findley & Shields, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1900: architect, Omaha, Nebraska.[3]

1902-1903: architect, 1001 NY Life Bldg, Omaha, Nebraska.

1904-1915: draftsman, JH Harte, Architect, Omaha, Nebraska.

Buildings & Projects

Proposal (1899), new high school, Omaha, Nebraska.[7]

Presbyterian church (under construction in 1909), Ponca, Nebraska.[6]

Genoa Apartments (1910), 3830 Cass St., Omaha, Nebraska.[2] (DO09:0323-023)

E.E. Halsted House (under construction in 1911), Ponca, Nebraska.[5]

Sagamore (Burbank) Apartments (1915), 3828 Cass St., Omaha, Nebraska.[2] (DO09:0323-022)

Longfellow Apartments (1922), 2215 Howard, Omaha, Nebraska.[1][2] (DO09:0122-024)


a. Not found in federal census in Nebraska in 1880, 1910 or 1920.


1. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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

3. 1900 United States Census, s.v. “Alaxander Shields,” Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, accessed through "".

4. 1870 United States Census, s.v. “Alexander Shields,” Black Lick, Indiana County, Pennsylvania, accessed through

5. "Fine Residence in Ponca", Omaha Daily Bee (June 24, 1911), 3

6. "Nebraska News Items: Ponca," Omaha Daily Bee (November 14, 1909), 3

7. "Still No Site Selected," Omaha Daily Bee (April 4, 1899), 8

8. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006.,%20Douglas,%20Nebraska,%20USA&msypn=58281&msypn_PInfo=8-%7C0%7C1652393%7C0%7C2%7C0%7C30%7C0%7C914%7C58281%7C0%7C0%7C&MSAV=0&msbdy=1851&catbucket=rstp&uidh=69a&pcat=ROOT_CATEGORY&h=15477022&dbid=7884&indiv=1&ml_rpos=1

9. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012.,%20Douglas,%20Nebraska,%20USA&msypn=58281&msypn_PInfo=8-%7C0%7C1652393%7C0%7C2%7C0%7C30%7C0%7C914%7C58281%7C0%7C0%7C&MSAV=0&msbdy=1851&catbucket=rstp&uidh=69a&pcat=ROOT_CATEGORY&h=40348748&dbid=60525&indiv=1&ml_rpos=27

10. "Hymnael" Omaha Daily Bee (June 28, 1898), 2

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Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Alexander Shields (1851-1927), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, April 23, 2015. Accessed, August 11, 2022.

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