Charles Bellas (1879-1966), Architect
Charles Bellas was born on April 10, 1879 in Illinois to Hugh and Rebecca Bellas. By June of 1880, the family was living in Carrolton, Green County, Illinois. By 1900, the family moved to Auburn, Nemaha County, Nebraska, where Hugh was a contractor and Charles was employed as a mechanic. By 1905, Charles Bellas was living in Omaha, employed as a draftsman for the architectural firm Fisher & Lawrie. In 1911, he and Max R. Nippell formed the partnership, Nippell & Bellas, Architects. After the partnership dissolved in 1913, Bellas moved to Chicago. In September 1918, his draft registration card indicated he was employed as “Chief Draftsman” for Sinclair Refining Company. Bellas was still living in Chicago in 1930, but moved to Winter Park, Florida around 1940. He lived there until his death on August 15, 1966.
Educational & Professional Associations
1911: architect and partner, Nippell & Bellas, Architects
1913: architect, Chicago, Illinois.
1918: chief draftsman, Sinclair Refining Company, Chicago, Illinois.
Buildings & Projects
1. U.S. War Department, U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. (n.d.). Accessed August 27, 2016 through Ancestry.com.
2. United States Census 1900, s.v. “Charles Bellas”, Nemaha County, Nebraska. Accessed through Ancestry.com.
3. McAvoy’s Omaha City Directory for 1905 (Omaha: Omaga Directory Company, 1905). Accessed on August 27, 2016 through Ancestry.com.
4. United States Census 1940, s.v. “Charles Bellas, “ Orange County, Florida. Accessed through Ancestry.com.
5. United States Social Security Administration, Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014. Accessed August 26, 2016 through Ancestry.com.
Patrick Thompson and the editors wish to acknowledge the support of Restoration Exchange Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska.
Patrick Thompson, “Charles Bellas (1879-1966), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, September 16, 2016. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, September 29, 2022.
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