Ben H. Hughes (ca. 1898-1953), Architect

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Seward, Nebraska, 1919-1953

Ben H. Hughes was born circa 1898 in Seward, Nebraska. He graduated from Chicago Technical College. Hughes worked in carpentry under the guidance of his father from 1916-1918 until working as an architect. He started the Hughes Brothers manufacturing firm in 1921, where he worked until his death.

Hughes was married to Carrie, with whom he had three children: Jean, Lois, and Ben. He was president of Hughes Brothers, Inc., manufacturers of telephone and electric line cross arms and chairman of the Better Nebraska Association. He was also a member of the volunteer fire department, the Masonic Lodge, Shriners, the Knights Templar, the Elks, Seward Chamber of Commerce, and the Presbyterian Church. Hughes died in 1953.[3]

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

Seward, Nebraska, 1917

Educational & Professional Associations

____: student, Seward Public Schools, Seward, Nebraska.[3]

____: student, Chicago Technical College.[3]

1916-1918: with John M. Hughes, Carpenter, Seward, Nebraska.[3]

1917-1920: architect, Seward, Nebraska.[2][3]

1921-1953: president, Hughes Brothers, Inc., Seward, Nebraska.[3][4]

Buildings & Projects

Goehner School (ca. 1910s), Goehner, Nebraska.[1][a]


a. In association with Ellery Lothrop Davis (1887-1956), Architect, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1]


1. Tom 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.

2. 1920 United States Census, s.v. “Ben H. Hughes,” Seward, Seward County, Nebraska, accessed through

3. “Ben H. Hughes Rites Thursday,” Lincoln Star (June 25, 1953), 12:2-3.

4. “Death of Ben H. Hughes, Seward, Recalls Manufacturing Firm’s Unique Start, Growth,” Lincoln Star (June 25, 1953), 1.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Ben H. Hughes (ca. 1898-1953), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, January 13, 2015. Accessed, August 19, 2022.

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