Benjamin Anthony Votava (1918-2009), Architect

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Lincoln, 1952; and Omaha, Nebraska, 1953-


Benjamin Anthony Votava was born in Omaha, Nebraska on April 20, 1918. Before studying architecture, Votava served as a Captain in the U.S. Army from 1942-1946. Votava married in 1947, and he went on to have one child. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Nebraska in 1949. Votava started his own firm, Benjamin A. Votava, Inc., in Omaha and, by the end of his career, was a registered architect in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.[1][2][3] Votava died on March 30, 2009.[4]

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

Lincoln, Nebraska, 1952

Omaha, Nebraska, 1953-2000

Educational & Professional Associations

1942-1946: Captain, U.S. Army.[2][3]

1951: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska, A-254; December 29, 1951.[5]

1954: draftsman, Noel S. Wallace, Architect, Omaha, Nebraska.[a]

ca. 1954-1959-____: draftsman, Clark & Enersen, Architects [6]

1955: draftsman, Wallace & Burrill, Inc., Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1956: architect, Wallace & Burrill, Inc., Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1956-1997: president and architect, Benjamin A. Votava Inc., 314 Barker Building Omaha, Nebraska.[2][3]

1995: License expired December 31, 1995.[5]

Other Associations

1956: employed Duane R. Gerry, draftsman.

Buildings & Projects

West Hills Presbyterian Church (1958), Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

Florence Medical Building (1959), Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

Congregational Church (1960), Harlan, Iowa.[2]

Production Credit & Federal Land Bank Building (1960), Harlan, Iowa.[2]

Northwest Congregational Church (1961), Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

Westwood Heights Reform Church (1961), Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

West. Securities Company Office Building (1962), Omaha, Nebraska.[3]

West Hills Presbyterian Church (1964), Omaha, Nebraska.[3]

Nebraska Credit Union Association Office Building (1966), Omaha, Nebraska.[3]

Our Savior Lutheran Church (1968), Red Oak, Iowa.[3]

Mt. Carroll Good Samaritan Home (1969), Mt. Carroll, Illinois.[3]

Notes

a. First Omaha directory listing, 1954.

References

1. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory First Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1956), 579, accessed March 3, 2010, http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/1956%20American%20Architects%20Directory.aspx

2. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory Second Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1962), 730, accessed April 4, 2010, http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/1962%20American%20Architects%20Directory.aspx

3. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory Third Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1970), 953, accessed April 4, 2010, http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/1970%20American%20Architects%20Directory.aspx

4. Social Security Death Index online; http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/

5. State of Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects website, Professional license results for Benjamin Anthony Votava: http://www.ea.ne.gov/search/search.php?page=details&lic=A254 Accessed September 24, 2013.

6. Ryan R. Horner, The Clark Enersen Partners: 50 Years of Design [in three parts]. (Lincoln: The Clark Enersen Partners, n.d.).

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Benjamin Anthony Votava (1918-2009), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, February 12, 2015. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, August 11, 2022.


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