Beuttler & Arnold, Architects

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Sioux City, Iowa, 1912-1940


Ralph Arnold, Sioux City, Iowa

William Beuttler, Sioux City, Iowa

The roots of the firm of Beuttler & Arnold began in 1911 when William Beuttler and Ralph Arnold, both fresh from architectural school, went to work for W. W. Beach, Architect, in Sioux City Iowa. The next year the two launched their own practice, which lasted nearly three decades. The firm is said to have “…had roots back to the turn of the century, including ties to the regionally renowned prairie school architect William Steele.”[9][12] Following the demise of the partnership, Beuttler continued practicing in Sioux City, while Arnold went to work for the Iowa State Board of Control in Des Moines.[1][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.

Hartington Carnegie Library, 1914 (Kathy Fimple)

Lineage of the Firm

1911-1912: William Beuttler and Ralph Arnold join W. W. Beach, Architect, Sioux City, Iowa.[12]

1912-1940: Beuttler & Arnold, Architects, Sioux City, Iowa.[12]

1940-1953: William Beuttler, Architect, Sioux City, Iowa.[12]

1953-1963: Beuttler & Son, Sioux City, Iowa.[12]

1963-1971: William Lee Beuttler Architect & Associates, Sioux City, Iowa.[12][a]

Other Associations

ca. 1930-1971: employed Stanley E. Johansen as associate architect.

Buildings & Projects


Bloomfield Carnegie Library (1913), Bloomfield, Nebraska. (KX02-006)

Hartington Carnegie Library (1914), 106 S Broadway, Hartington, Nebraska.[4][5] (CD07-004)

Trimble Block (1915), 6th & Pierce, Sioux City, Iowa.[2:4]

Hartington Carnegie Library (1915), Hartington, Nebraska. (CD07-004)

Storefront remodel of Taylor Block (1916), 412-14 Pierce, Sioux City, Iowa.[6:2]

Masonic Temple (ca. 1920-1921), Sioux City, Iowa.[1][10]

Grain Exchange Building (ca. 1921), 507 7th St, Sioux City, Iowa.[2:2]

YWCA Building (1922-1923), 615 6th St, Sioux City, Iowa.[2:5]

Methodist Hospital (1925), Sioux City, Iowa.[1]

Rigadon Ballroom (1928 addition to Grain Exchange Bldg), 712 Pierce, Sioux City, Iowa.[2:5]

U. S. Post Office & Courthouse (1932-1934), 6th & Douglas, Sioux City, Iowa.[1][3:2][13:500][b]

Walthill Public School remodel (1936), Walthill, Nebraska.[11]

Clark Public School (ca. 1938), LeMars, Iowa.[13:482]


West Junior High School, Sioux City, Iowa.[1]

East Junior High School, Sioux City, Iowa.[1]

Woodrow Wilson Junior High School, Sioux City, Iowa.[1]

First Methodist Episcopal Church, Sioux City, Iowa.[1]

Trinity Lutheran Church, Sioux City, Iowa.[1]

First Baptist Church, Sioux City, Iowa.[1]

Morningside Presbyterian Church, Sioux City, Iowa.[1]

Buildings at Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa.[1]

Florence Crittenton Home & Maternity Hospital, 1105-1111 28th St, Sioux City, Iowa.[8]


a. A lineage of the successor firms up to 2012 is given in “Firm Timeline.”[12]

b. Beuttler & Arnold, Architects, under the aegis of James A. Whetmore, Supervising Architect of the U. S. Treasury; Proudfoot, Rawson, Souers & Thomas, Des Moines, Consulting Architects.[#References|[1][3:2]]]


1. “Statement of Significance from National Register of Historic Places—Inventory Nomination Form” in Historic Federal Buildings U. S. General Services Administration (author and date uncredited), accessed February 7, 2003,

2. “Northern Downtown [Sioux City, Iowa] Walking Tour,” accessed through Downtown Sioux City February 7, 2003,

3. “Western Downtown Walking Tour,” accessed through Downtown Sioux City on February 7, 2003,

4. Data in NeHBS site file, CD07-004; cf. the Milo, Maine Free Public Library, is identical.

5. Nebraska State Library Commission Card file on Libraries & Architects.

6. “Central Downtown Walking Tour” accessed through Downtown Sioux City on February 7, 2003,

7. Northwest Architectural Archives (American Terra Cotta Company Photographs) [search beuttler], accessed February 7, 2003,

8. “National Register of Historic Places, Iowa, Woodbury County,” accessed February 7, 2003,

9. “Ruble Mamura Moss Brygger Architects,” accessed February 7, 2003,

10. American Terra Cotta Company, Visual Images Database: Northwest Architectural Archives. Search “Beuttler & Arnold,” enter from Accessed, February 7, 2003.

11. 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.

12. “Firm Timeline,” “Cannon Moss Brygger Architects celebrates 100 years,” "Sioux City Journal" (August 27, 2012), accessed through on August 1, 2013,

13. David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. Buildings of Iowa. (Society of Architectural Historians, Buildings of the United States) New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Beuttler & Arnold, Architects,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, August 1, 2013. Accessed, August 19, 2022.

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