Charles Francis Driscoll (1841-1929), Architect

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1870-1897; Pasadena, California, ca. 1900-1929

DBA C. F. Driscoll

Charles F. Driscoll was born June 20, 1841 in Rockland County, New York, to Isaac Blauvelt and Eliza Burgess Shaw Driscoll. [8][9] He was married to Annie Driscoll before 1880, and was widowed in 1889. He married Cornelia Wood in 1890, and they had two daughters together.[8][9][11] He died July 29, 1929 at Pasadena, California.[11]

Driscoll is known to have been involved with a number of projects, mostly around eastern Nebraska. Many of these were school buildings.[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.

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Osterman & Tremaine - Ideal Steam Laundry (D. Murphy)

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Omaha, Nebraska, 1872-1888, 1894-1897

Educational & Professional Associations

1870-1897: architect, Omaha, Nebraska.[8][a]

ca. 1879: with Charles F. Beindorff (1862-1898), Architect, Omaha, Nebraska.[10]

1897: architect, Los Angeles, California.[11]

ca. 1900-1929: architect, Pasadena, California.[11]

Buildings & Projects


Buffalo County Courthouse (1872-1873), Gibbon, Nebraska.[6]

School (1873), Plattsmouth, Nebraska.[1][5]

Blair Congregational Church (1874), 16th & Colfax, Blair, Nebraska.[7] (WN02-002) National Register narrative

L. B. Williams Bldg (1877), 15th & Dodge, Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

Hotel (1881), 3rd & Main, Plattsmouth, Nebraska.[1]

Dodge County Courthouse (1883), Fremont, Nebraska.[4]

Osterman & Tremaine - Ideal Steam Laundry Building (1884; 1911), 455 N Broad, Fremont, Nebraska. (DD05:E-008) National Register narrative

Fremont Normal School Building (1884; now Midland Lutheran College), Fremont, Nebraska.[3]


Fremont Creamery (n.d.), Fremont, Nebraska.[1]

School house (n.d.), Blair, Nebraska.[5]

School house (n.d.),Tekamah, Nebraska.[5]

School house (n.d.), Decatur, Nebraska.[5]

School house in Hartman's Addition (n.d.), Omaha, Nebraska.[5]

School house (n.d.), North Platte, Nebraska.[5]

School house (n.d.), Wahoo, Nebraska.[5]

School house (n.d.), West Omaha, Nebraska.[5]

3rd Ward School (n.d.), Omaha, Nebraska.[5]


a. First Omaha directory listing, 1872. Last Omaha directory listing, 1897.


1. A. T. Andreas, History of the State of Nebraska (Chicago: The Western Historical Company, 1882), 483, 487, 644.

2. "Another Handsome and Substantial Improvement," Western Magazine, I (December 1877), 6.

3. Fremont Herald (February 21, 1884), 5.

4. Fremont Herald (March 22, 1883), 5.

5. Omaha City Directory (1886).

6. Oliver B. Pollak, Nebraska Courthouses: Contention, Compromise, and Community (Images of America Series) (Chicago: Arcadia Publishing, 2002), 4. [725.1.P771n]

7. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

8. 1870 United States Census, s.v. “Charles Driscoll,” Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, accessed through

9. 1880 United States Census, s.v. “Charles Driscoll,” Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, accessed through

10. "The Superintendant [Omaha’s New Post Office],” Omaha Excelsior (March 12, 1892), 4.

11. [John G. Ripley], C F Driscoll Tree, sv. "Charles Francis Driscoll," accessed May 16, 2017, Ancestry Library Edition.


Substantial biographical information supplied by John G. Ripley, email communication and link to Historic Preservation Division, May 13, 2017.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Charles Francis Driscoll (1841-1929), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, May 16, 2017. Accessed, October 1, 2022.

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