Arthur William Archer (1833-1950), Architect

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Kansas City, Missouri, ca. 1918-ca. 1939

Arthur William Archer was born in April of 1833 to William and Mary Worrell Archer.[12] He was a Kansas City architect who graduated from the University of Illinois Architecture program in 1907, then worked as superintendent of government buildings in Marietta, Georgia, at least until 1911.[3] Sometime thereafter he opened a practice in Kansas City, Missouri, where he worked through at least the 1930s, part of that time in partnership as Archer & Gloyd. In 1921, he was one of the founders of the Architect’s Small House Service Bureau of Kansas City.[2] He was married to Nell B. Archer.[11] Archer died on July 2, 1950.[12]

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

ca. 1920s: architect, Archer & Goyd, Architects, Kansas City, Missouri.[4][13][14]

1944: Chairman, Kansas State Board of Registered Architects & Engineers [10]

Buildings & Projects

Federal Building (1911-1912), North Platte, Nebraska. [6]

St. Patrick’s School and Sisters’ House (1918), McCook, Nebraska.[1]

Plans for Lincoln County Courthouse (1919), North Platte, Nebraska. [7]

Hotel for Norton (1920), Manhattan, Kansas.[13][a]

Keystone Hotel (1922), 402 Norris Ave, Mc Cook, Nebraska.[4][a] (RW05-011)

Plan for Masonic Temple (1925), W 3rd & Fillmore, Missouri.[14][a]

Receiving Wing Addition (1934), Kansas City General Hospital, 2315 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri.[5]

McCook Air Base (1942), McCook, Nebraska. [8]

Red Willow "Project" (1943), Red Willow County, Nebraska.[9]


a. While in the partnership of Archer & Gloyd, Architects, Kansas City, Missouri.[4]


1. "The American Contractor" (March 23, 1918), 60, accessed through Google Books on January 12, 2012,,+architect,+york+hotel,+nebraska&source=bl&ots=-QV--qNAlx&sig=yQZ--Gvu9ph8VGJ7unfHB-6P9QU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=whYPT97eOov9iQLF9M3fDQ&sqi=2&ved=0CB4Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=f%20w%20clarke%2C%20architect%2C%20york%20hotel%2C%20nebraska&f=false

2. “Kansas City Architects Announce New Service Bureau,” The American Architect 119:2367 (May 11, 1921), 569, accessed through Google Books on July 3, 2012,

3. “News of the Alumni,” Technograph [The Engineering Societies of the University of Illinois] 25:1 (March, 1911), 89, accessed through Google Books on July 3, 2013,

4. Melissa Dirr, “Keystone Hotel,” National Register of Historic Places Registration Form (Lincoln: Nebraksa State Historical Society, April, 2001).

5. Sherry Piland, “Kansas City General Hospital: Photographs, Historic and Descriptive Data,” Historic American Buildings Survey, HABS No. MO-251, accessed July 3, 2013,

6. North Platte Semi Weekly Tribune (June 20, 1911), 7; (December 12, 1912), 4.

7. North Platte Semi Weekly Tribune (August 19, 1919), 5.

8. Nebraska State Journal (September 10, 1942), 7.

9. Nebraska State Journal (March 5, 1943), 9.

10. Jefferson City Post Tribune (January 10, 1944).

11. Year: 1940; Census Place: Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012.

12. "Thomas Archer Family Tree" Public Member Trees, accessed December 6, 2017 via

13. Manhattan Mercury (August 28, 1920), 6.

14. Daily Democrat Forum and Maryville Tribune, Maryville MO, (June 11, 1925), 6.

Page Citation

Catherine Cramer & D. Murphy, “Arthur William Archer (1833-1950), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, December 6, 2017. Accessed, August 11, 2022.

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