Benjamin Franklin Hemphill (1907-1990), Architect

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Lincoln, Nebraska, 1938-1981

Benjamin Franklin Hemphill was born on January 7, 1907 in Clay Center, Kansas.[3][4][5][6] Before studying architecture, Hemphill became married on September 2, 1928, a union that would eventually produce three children. He received his Bachelor’s of Architecture from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1930, and his Master’s in 1931.[1][3][4][5][6][8] From 1932-1944, Hemphill was an Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska, and often traveled abroad to places such as England, France, Germany, Belgium and Holland.[3][4][5][6] Hemphill began his own firm, Ben F. Hemphill, from 1945-1956, whereupon he took in a partner, transitioning the firm into Hemphill & Vierk, in Lincoln, until 1965. Dawson joined the firm in 1968, and Hemphill continued his work there, publishing articles and pamphlets on architecture in addition to his design work, until his retirement in 1975.[3][4][5][6][9]

Hemphill was very involved in the community. He was a member of Lodge 143 AF & AM, the Scottish Rite, the Sesostris Shrine, Theta Xi, the Lincoln Sertoma Club, the board for Cedars Home for Children, and the Nebraska chapter of the AIA.[8] In 1952, he donated plans for a new Cedars Home.[8] Hemphill also served variously as secretary and president of the Nebraska AIA, and was honored by the organization for outstanding service.[8] He was further honored by a Service to Mankind Award.[8] Hemphill died on December 30, 1990.[3][4][5][6]

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, 1938-1976

Educational & Professional Associations

1930: Bachelor of Architecture, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.[4][5][6]

1931: Master's Degree, Architecture, Kansas State College.[4][5][6]

1932-1944: Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.[4][5]

1938: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska.

1945-1956: Benjamin Franklin Hemphill, Architect, Lincoln, Nebraska.[4][5]

1956-1965: architect and partner, Hemphill & Vierk, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.[4][5]

1968-1980: architect and partner, Hemphill, Vierk & Dawson, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1981: retired.

Architectural Study Travel

England, France, Germany, Belgium, and Holland.[4]

Buildings & Projects


Stadium & Field House (1945), Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Nebraska.[4][5][7]

Women’s Dormitory (1946), Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Nebraska.[4][5]

First Presbyterian Church Education Wing (1949), 17th & F, Lincoln, Nebraska.[4][5][7]

School Auditorium (1950), Seward, Nebraska.[4][5]

Temple Baptist Church (1951-1952), 50th & Randolph St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[4][5][10][11]

Skyline Office and Store Building (1953), Lincoln, Nebraska.[4][5]


Addition to Swedish Evangelical Bethlehem Lutheran Church (n.d.), Wahoo, Nebraska.[2] (SD16-037)



1. “Hemphill,” Lincoln Journal-Star (August 27, 1978), 4D.

2. Zerox copy of blueprints in Nebraska Historic Buildings Survey file SD16-037, State Historic Preservation Office.

3. AIA Historical Directory of American Architects: A Resource Guide to Finding Information About Past Architects, accessed May 11, 2010,

4. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory First Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1956), 241, accessed August 29, 2019,

5.American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory Second Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1962), 364, accessed August 29, 2019,

6. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory Third Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1970), 396, accessed August 29, 2019,

7. Thomas Lee Kaspar (1951-2017), Architect, comp. Inventory of architectural records in the archives of Davis Fenton Stange Darling, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska. 1996. Nebraska State Historical Society, RG3748, Box 16. The document is a rendering.

8. “Renowned architect, NU professor Hemphill dies at 83,” Lincoln Star (December 31, 1990).

9. “Hemphill,” Lincoln Journal (December 31, 1990).

10. City of Lincoln Building Permit #56597.

11. "Ground-Breaking Slated Today For New Temple Baptist Unit," Lincoln (Nebraska) Journal Star (September 30, 1951), 31 (illus. with perspective sketch); "Temple Baptist Cornerstone Laying Today," Lincoln (Nebraska) Journal Star (May 25, 1952), 35.

Page Citation

D. Murphy & E. F. Zimmer, “Benjamin Franklin Hemphill (1907-1990), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, September 22, 2020. Accessed, September 24, 2023.

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