Bell & Berlinghof, Architects

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Council Bluffs, Iowa; and Omaha, Nebraska, ca. 1890-1893


Charles Emlen Bell (1858-1932), Architect

George A. Berlinghof (1858-1944), Architect

The architectural firm of Bell & Berlinghof was established in 1890 and lasted until the economic crash of 1893. It appears to have been comprised of two offices, one run by Berlinghof, in Omaha, the other in Council Bluffs, run by Bell. After the recovery, both partners continued individual practices, Bell in Council Bluffs, and later in Minneapolis [2], and Berlinghof in Beatrice, then Lincoln, Nebraska. Both designed numerous county courthouses in the region following their partnership, and Bell designed the South Dakota State Capitol in 1905-1910.

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 Directory Listings

Council Bluffs, Iowa, 1888-1891

Omaha, Nebraska, 1890-1891, 1893

Lineage of the Firm

1887-1889: Allen & Bell, Architects, Council Bluffs, Iowa.

1888-1889: Creedon & Berlinghof, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1890: Bell Creedon & Berlinghof, Architects, Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska.

1890-1893: Bell & Berlinghof, Architects, Council Bluffs, Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska.

Buildings & Projects


The projects listed here from the 1891 Pottawattamie County publication [1] suggest that the Bell & Berlinghof firm had conflated earlier work under the 1890 partnership name. Both Bell Creedon & Berlinghof, and Bell & Berlinghof, date from 1890 (or perhaps late 1889), so either the firm was very prolific in 1890, or the list includes some projects executed by Allen & Bell prior to Berlinghof’s appearance on the scene. More research, including building dates, will be required to clarify attributions.

H. H. Van Brunt House (1890), 203 Bluff St., Council Bluffs, Iowa.[1] NRHP

Sapp Building (n.d.), Council Bluffs, Iowa.[1]

Marcus Block (n.d.), Council Bluffs, Iowa.[1]

Kearney Bank Building (n.d.), Council Bluffs, Iowa.[1]

Woodbury Building (n.d.), Council Bluffs, Iowa.[1]

City Hose House (n.d.), Council Bluffs, Iowa.[1]

Saunders Block (n.d.), Council Bluffs, Iowa.[1]

Chautauqua Building (n.d.), Council Bluffs, Iowa.[1]

W. W. Loomis House (n.d.), Council Bluffs, Iowa.[1]

J. J. Steadman House (n.d.), Council Bluffs, Iowa.[1]

W. C. James House (n.d.), Council Bluffs, Iowa.[1]

J. A. Herald House (n.d.), Council Bluffs, Iowa.[1]

J. P. Hess House (n.d.), 40 Bluff, Council Bluffs, Iowa.[1]

Foster Flats (n.d.), Council Bluffs, Iowa.[1]

Robling Block (n.d.), Council Bluffs, Iowa.[1]

Following dissolution of the partnership, Charles E. Bell continued in practice in Council Bluffs and Minneapolis, Minnesota; see reference [2]. By 1898 George A. Berlinghof (1858-1944), Architect had established a new practice in Beatrice, Nebraska, moving it to Lincoln by 1905; see his subsequent 1898-1910 buildings and projects.



1. Biographical History of Pottawattamie County (Iowa) (Lewis Publishing Co., 1891), 485-86.

2. “Charles E. Bell,” in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, accessed January 27, 2013,

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Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Bell & Berlinghof, Architects,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, May 21, 2013. Accessed, December 9, 2018.

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