Charles Bellas (1879-1966), Architect

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1905-1913

Charles Bellas was born on April 10, 1879 in Illinois to Hugh and Rebecca Bellas.[1] 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.[2] By 1905, Charles Bellas was living in Omaha, employed as a draftsman for the architectural firm Fisher & Lawrie.[3] 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.[1] Bellas was still living in Chicago in 1930, but moved to Winter Park, Florida around 1940.[4] He lived there until his death on August 15, 1966.[5]

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.

Educational & Professional Associations

1905: draftsman, Fisher & Lawrie, Architects.[3]

1911: architect and partner, Nippell & Bellas, Architects

1913: architect, Chicago, Illinois.

1918: chief draftsman, Sinclair Refining Company, Chicago, Illinois.[1]

Buildings & Projects


1. U.S. War Department, U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. (n.d.). Accessed August 27, 2016 through

2. United States Census 1900, s.v. “Charles Bellas”, Nemaha County, Nebraska. Accessed through

3. McAvoy’s Omaha City Directory for 1905 (Omaha: Omaga Directory Company, 1905). Accessed on August 27, 2016 through

4. United States Census 1940, s.v. “Charles Bellas, “ Orange County, Florida. Accessed through

5. United States Social Security Administration, Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014. Accessed August 26, 2016 through


Patrick Thompson and the editors wish to acknowledge the support of Restoration Exchange Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska.

Page Citation

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. Accessed, September 29, 2022.

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