Alonzo Hensley Gentry (1886-1967), Architect

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New York, 1916-1923; Kansas City, Missouri, 1924-1961

Alonzo Hensley Gentry was born in Independence, Missouri on February 14, 1887.[2][3] He earned an engineering degree from Virginia Military Institute in 1908 then received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Columbia University in 1916.[2][3][f] After completing his education, Gentry worked a few years in New York then moved to Kansas City, where he formed several partnerships.[1][2][3][5] Gentry retired in 1961 and died in 1967, in Kansas City.[2]

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

Educational & Professional Associations

1908: degree in engineering, Virginia Military Institute.[2][3][f]

1916: Bachelor of Science, Architecture, Columbia University, New York City, New York.[2][3]

1916-1923: designer and manager, George B. Post & Sons, Architects, New York.[2][3][b]

1924-____: Gentry Voskamp Voskamp & Slezak, Kansas City, Missouri.[3]

1925: Alonzo H. Gentry, Architect, Kansas City, Missouri.[1]

____-____: Gentry Voscamp & Neville, Kansas City, Missouri.[5]

____-____: Gentry Voskamp Neville Sharp & Simon, Kansas City, Missouri.[3]

____-1961: Gentry & Voskamp, Architects, Kansas City, Missouri.[2][3]

Architectural Study Travel

North America, South America, and Europe.[3]

Buildings & Projects


Cornhusker Hotel (1925-1926), 309 S.13th St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][6] (LC13:C08-015)

Municipal Auditorium (1934-1936), Kansas City, Missouri.[2][5][c]

Perishable Food Terminal (1940), Kansas City, Missouri.[3]

Topeka Air Base (1942), Topeka Kansas.[3]

Booker T. Washington Elementary School (1952), Kansas City, Missouri.[4][d]

Summit House (1953), Kansas City, Missouri.[3]

Municipal Auditorium (1954), Kansas City, Missouri.[3]

Auditorium Plaza Garage (1954), Kansas City, Missouri.[3]

Harry S. Truman Library (1956), Independence, Missouri.[2][5][e]


Research Hospital and Medical Center (n.d.), Kansas City, Missouri.[2]

General George C. Marshall Library (n.d.), Virginia Military Institute.[2]


a. Associations and dates pieced together from summary information in sources.[2][3].

b. Also represented the firm in Cleveland and Kansas City.[2]

c. Architects of record, Hoit Price & Barnes, with Gentry Voskamp & Neville, Architects.[5]

d. Architects of record, Gentry & Voscamp.

e. Architects of record, Neild & Somdal, Shreveport, Louisiana, with Gentry Voskamp & Neville.

f. Whereas source [2] says the degree from Virginia Military Institute was in electrical engineering, source [3] says it was in military and civil engineering.


1. City of Lincoln, Building Permits, building permit #14503 (September 26, 1925); title block on plans reads: Alonzo H. Gentry, AIA.” Edward F. Zimmer to D. Murphy, email correspondence, March 1, 2011.

2. “Alonzo Gentry (1887-1967) Papers (0453kc),” Scope and Content narrative, State Historical Society of Missouri Research Center, Kansas City, updated: February 7, 2011, accessed March 1, 2011, <>

3. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory, First Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1956), 193, accessed March 1, 2011, <>

4. Kansas City, Missouri School District Records (SC23), The Kansas City Public Library, Missouri Valley Special Collections, SC23, Series II, Box 4, Folder 15, Number 5, accessed March 1, 2011, <>

5. “Municipal Auditorium (Kansas city),” Wikipedia, last modified February 11, 2011, accessed March 1, 2011, <>

6. Thomas Lee Kaspar, comp. Inventory of architectural records in the archives of Davis Fenton Stange Darling, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska. 1996. Nebraska State Historical Society, RG3748, Box 16.

Page Citation

D. Murphy and E. F. Zimmer, “Alonzo Hensley Gentry (1886-1967), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, December 17, 2014. Accessed, August 11, 2022.

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