Charles L. Cleves (ca. 1846- ), Architect

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1882-1908

Charles L. Cleves was born in Germany, circa 1846.[6] He was an architect who practiced in Omaha, first in the Cleves Brothers partnership, then independently. As of 1900, he was married to Anna, and they had two daughters.[6] Cleves is not found in the 1910 or 1920 federal census in Nebraska.

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.

Creighton Block, 1905 (Lynn Meyer)

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Omaha, Nebraska, 1882-1908

Educational & Professional Associations

1882-1896: architect and partner, Cleves Brothers, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.[a]

1897-1898: architect, 515 Karbach blk, Omaha, Nebraska.

No 1899 directory.

1990-1908: architect, 514 First National Bank Building, Omaha, Nebraska.

Buildings & Projects

Ames Block (1889), 1105 Howard St., Omaha, Nebraska.[5] (DO09:0121-016)

H.J. Hughes Grocery Warehouse (1889), 1201 Jones St. Omaha, Nebraska.[4][5] (DO09:0121-031)

Bushman Warehouse (1890), 1013 Leavenworth, Omaha, Nebraska.[3][5] (DO09:0119-007)

P. E. Iler Hotel (1897), 509 S 16th, Omaha, Nebraska.[2:49][5] (DO09:0121-012)

Mercer Hotel-Gahm Block (1900 addn.), 1202 Howard, Omaha, Nebraska.[2][5] (DO09:0121-002)

P. E. Iler-S. McShane Building (1900-1901), 1113-17 Howard, Omaha, Nebraska.[2:134][3][5] (D009:0121-015)

Allen Brothers Co. Warehouse (1900-1905), 923 Farnam, Omaha, Nebraska.[2:120][3][5] (DO09:0123-020)

St. Claire Franciscan Monastery (first decade of 1900’s), 1302-24 N. 29th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[5][b] (DO09:0217-003)

St. Mary Magdalene Church (1902), 109 S.19th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[5] (DO09:0124-001)

Creighton Block (Byrne & Hammer Building) (1905), 824 Howard, Omaha, Nebraska.[1][3][5] (DO09:0067-001)

John A Creighton Block (1905, 1920), 1007-11 Jones, Omaha, Nebraska.[3][5] (DO09:0121-034)

Mercer Block No. 3 (1905), 1102-10 Howard, Omaha, Nebraska.[2:134][3][5] (D009:0121-005)

Paxton & Gallagher Warehouse (ca. 1905), 1007-11 Jones, Omaha, Nebraska. (D009:1-49)

W.H. Burnham Warehouse-U. S. Supply Company Building (1906), 901 Farnam, Omaha, Nebraska.[3][5] (DO09:123-092)


a. First Omaha directory listing, 1882.

b. Three architects in Omaha Architect’s database


1. “Warehouses & Factories,” Omaha Daily Bee (January 1, 1906), 6:2.

2. Landmarks, Inc., An Inventory of Historic Omaha Buildings (Omaha: City of Omaha, and Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission, 1980).

3. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

4. In association with Withnell and Field.

5.City of Omaha Planning Department, Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission, Database, Query on Architects, May 20, 2002; courtesy of Lynn Meyer, Preservation Planner.

6. 1900 United States Census, s.v. “Charles L. Cleves,” Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, accessed through

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Charles L. Cleves (ca. 1846- ), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, October 30, 2014. Accessed, September 29, 2022.

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