Alfred C. Clas (1859-1942), Architect

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1859-1879, 1881-1932; California, 1879-1881

Alfred C. Clas was partner in the architectural firm of Ferry and Clas, which gained prominence for its work in the 1893 World’s Fair held in Chicago.[1] Born December 25, 1859, Clas was the son of German immigrants.[2] He married Louisa Wick when he was 24; they had two children before Louisa died in 1892.[2] Clas died June 8, 1942.[2]

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.

Educational & Professional Associations

1879-1881: architect apprentice, California.[2]

1881-____: architect, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[2]

____-1890: architect, own firm, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[2]

1890-1912: architect and partner, Ferry & Clas, Architects.

1912-1932: architect, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[2][b]

1932-1942: retired, Milwaukee, and Dousman, Wisconsin.[2]

Buildings & Projects

Westfield Acres, 1217 Nye Ave (1904-1906), Fremont, Nebraska.[1][a]


a. Extensive remodeling of the property, including giving the house a total of 32 rooms.[1] Picture at

b. During this time, he was in a partnership with his son, Rubens.[2]


1. William P. Fritz, “Westfield Acres,” (Keene Memorial Library: Fremont, Nebraska), accessed through the Nebraska Memories Website on March 31, 2015,

2. “Alfred C. Clas,”, May 8, 2006, accessed March 31, 2015,

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Alfred C. Clas (1859-1942), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, March 31, 2015. Accessed, August 11, 2022.

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