Chester Norris Lowe (1897-1986), Architect

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Cleveland, Ohio, 1920-1946

Chester Norris Lowe was born on February 2, 1897 in Cleveland, Ohio, and was educated there in the public schools. He attended one year each at the Cleveland Art School and the Carnegie Technical School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He established his own firm in Cleveland in 1920, with a practice devoted principally to residential design. He is credited with designing the first open plan house in that city. His only known Nebraska connection is a proposed design for the George W. Norris residence in McCook, 1931. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects from 1927. Lowe died in Orlando, Florida in January of 1986.[2][3][4]

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

1919-1920: draftsman, Cleveland City Architect’s office.[4]

1920-1946: Chester N. Lowe, Architect, Cleveland, Ohio.[4]

Buildings & Projects

Proposed residence for George W. Norris (1931), McCook, Nebraska.[1]



1. Six sheets of plans dated February 20, 1931. On file, Nebraska State Historical Society.

2. “A Chronology of Cleveland Cultural Context for Architecture (1945-2007),” Architecture of Cleveland accessed April 17, 2012,

3. “Chester N. Lowe, 1201 Cardinal Road, Orlando, died…,” Orlando Sentinel (February 1, 1986), accessed April 17, 2012,

4. American Institute of Architects, Questionnaire for Architects’ Roster and/or Register of Architects Qualified for Federal Public Works, May 1, 1946. American Institute of Architects, communities website, accessed April 17, 2012,

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Chester Norris Lowe (1897-1986), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, February 17, 2015. Accessed, December 9, 2022.

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