Clark & Enersen, Architects

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Lincoln, Nebraska, 1946-1962


Partners:

Kenneth B. Clark, Architect, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1946-1979

Lawrence A. Enersen, Architect and Landscape Architect, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1946-1977 [i]


Clark & Enersen, Architects is a firm started in 1946 by K. B. Clark and Larry Enersen in Lincoln, Nebraska. The 1946 firm grew substantially in size and reputability over future decades, to become what is now the very prominent, widespread, and respectable firm that is now, after several name changes, The Clark Enersen Partners, Architects.

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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First National Bank (left), 1961-1963 (D. Murphy)

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Lincoln, Nebraska, 1947-1962.

Lineage of the Firm

1946-1962: Clark & Enersen, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1962-1971: Clark & Enersen, Olsson, Burroughs & Thomsen, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.[h][j]

1972-1977: Clark & Enersen, Hamersky, Schlaebitz, Burroughs & Thomsen, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1977-2016: The Clark Enersen Partners, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1993-2005: The Clark Enersen Partners, Architects, Kearney, Nebraska.

Other Associations

1945-1956, 1958-1963: employed William D. Schlaebitz, student architect (1945-1949), draftsman (1949-1953), and architect (1954-1956, 1958-1963).[3][6][7]

1947-1955: employed Art Duerschner [13:6]

1952-ca 1973: employed Alfons Hamersky, Structural Engineer, Lincoln, Nebraska and 1973-____, Evergreen, Colorado [13:6][f]

ca.1954-1959-_: employed Ben Votava, architect. [13:6]

ca.1954-1959-_: employed John Chalmers, architect. [13:6]

1956-1988: employed Harold Tarr, architect.[13:54]

1952-1962: employed Albert Charles Hamersky, architect, principal in 1964, and Assistant Managing Partner in 1975.[13:25-26]

1960-1964: employed Jim Johnson, draftsman & architect.[13:54][14]

1960/1961-_: employed Gary Lee Hansen, Architect, architect.[13:54]

1960/1961-_: employed Thomas S. Laging, architect.[13:54]

1960/1961-_: employed J. William Rudd, architect.[13:54]

Buildings & Projects

Dated

1940s

Nebraska Book Store Addition (1946-1956), Lincoln, Nebraska.[11]

Lindale Subdivision (1946-1956), Lincoln, Nebraska.[11][13:3]

State Securities Parking Garage (1946-1956), Lincoln, Nebraska.[11]

Trinity Methodist Church (1946-1956), Lincoln, Nebraska.[11][12][13:10

Curtis Kimball House (1946-1956), Lincoln, Nebraska.[11]

Rohkar Houses (1946-1956), Lincoln, Nebraska.[11][13:3]

Sharp Building Parking Garage (1946-1956), Lincoln, Nebraska.[11]

Earl Coryell Office Building (1946-1956), Lincoln, Nebraska.[11]

Inspiration House (1946-1956), Lincoln, Nebraska.[11][13]

Dr. McGinnis House (1946-1956), Lincoln, Nebraska.[11]

Bethany Lions Club Building (1946-1956), Lincoln, Nebraska.[11]

Western Supply (1946-1956), Lincoln, Nebraska.[11]

Naval Training Center (1948), Lincoln, Nebraska.[9][b][e]

1950s

Master Plan (1950), Lincoln Air Force Base [9][e]

Master Plan (ca. 1950-1960), Nebraska State Parks.[13:4]

Diller Elementary School (ca. 1950), Diller, Nebraska.[13:4]

Rectory, St. Mary's Catheral (ca. 1950-1959), K St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[13:10]

Merle Beattie School (1951), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][11][13:10][b]

Car Park (1951), 13th & M St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[13:9]

LDC Parking Garage (1952), Lincoln, Nebraska.[9][e]

High School (1954), Hebron, Nebraska, Architect Associated, M. I. Aitken, Nebraska.[9][e]

Hastings High School (1954), Hastings, Nebraska.[6][13:5][b]

Hebron Public School (1954), Hebron, Nebraska.[9][c]

Harvard Public School (1955), Harvard, Nebraska.[9][c]

Hastings Public School (1955), Hastings, Nebraska.[9][c]

Chadron State College Men’s Dormitory (1955), Chadron, Nebraska.[6][c]

Merle Beattie Elementary School (1955), Lincoln, Nebraska.[9][e]

Lincoln Senior High School (1955), Hastings, Nebraska.[9][e]

Harvard School (1955), Harvard, Nebraska.[9][e]

Lincoln Clinic (1956-1958), Lincoln, Nebraska.[9][6][11][e]

Lincoln Clinic (1956), Lincoln, Nebraska.[9][c]

Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, University of Nebraska (1956-1966), Lincoln, Nebraska.[11]

Newman Catholic Church & Student Center (1956-1966), Lincoln, Nebraska.[11]

St. Thomas Aquinas Church (1956-1966), Lincoln, Nebraska.[11]

St. Mark's Methodist Church (1956-1966), Lincoln, Nebraska.[11]

Master Plan, Nebraska Wesleyan University (1956-1966), Lincoln, Nebraska.[11]

Addition to First Continental Bank (1956-1966), Lincoln, Nebraska.[11]

Catholic Center (1956-1966), Waverly, Nebraska.[11]

Proposal for City-County Building (1956), Lincoln, Nebraska.[13:8]

Capehart Housing (1956-1957), Lincoln Air Force Base [6][11][e]

University of Nebraska Agriculture College Dorms, (1958), Lincoln, Nebraska [6][e]

General Arnold School (1959), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][11][12][c]

First Continental National Drive-in Bank (1959-1960), 344 S 13th, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][11][b][c]

1960s

Student Center, Peru State Teachers College (1960), Peru, Nebraska.[6][13:55][c]

Scottsbluff High School (1960-1961), Scottsbluff, Nebraska.[8][6][b][e]

Student Center, Chadron State Teachers College (1961), Chadron, Nebraska.[6][13:55][c]

Master Plan College of Agriculture, University of Nebraska (1961), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][c]

First National Bank Building (1961-1962), 1211 N St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[5][8][a][c]

First Congregational Church (1961), Norfolk, Nebraska.[6][b]

St. Teresa's Catholic Church (1962), 735 S. 36th St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[15]

Air Terminal at the Lincoln Municipal Airport (1962-1963), Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][a]

Undated

Lincoln Center Building (n.d.), Lincoln, Nebraska.[1]

State Office Building (n.d.), Lincoln, Nebraska.[1]

Honors & Awards

1953: First Place in Concrete Masonry House Plan Competition.[10][13:7]

1955: Harvard School AIA/ASA Award of Merit [13:7]

1957: Hastings School AIA/ASA Award of Merit [13:7]

1958: Lincoln Clinic Building Nebraska Architects Association First Award [13:7]

1958: AIA/ASA Awards of Merit and Nebraska Architects Association First Award, General Arnold School Lincoln Air Force base [13:7]

1959: AIA/ASA Award of Merit and Nebraska Architects Association First Award, Geneva Girls Training School [13:7]

1962: Honored by Nebraska Chapter, AIA for two buildings.[4]

Notes

a. Project completed by Davis, Clark & Associates, a joint firm of Davis & Wilson and Clark & Enersen, Olsson, Burroughs & Thomsen, Architects [13:24]

b. These were projects of William D. Schlaebitz’s.[3]

c. These were designed by Lawrence A. Enersen.[3]

d. Supervising architects for the project.[9] Hamersky did the design, Clark wrote the specs, and Harold Tarr did the field work and supervised construction. [7:42]

e. These were designed by Kenneth B. Clark.[3]

f. Alfons Hamersky provided structural engineering for 23 years in Lincoln, and "to this day" (ca. 1996), continued to provide service from his home in Colorado.[13:21]

g. Project completed by Davis, Clark & Associates, a joint firm of Davis & Wilson and Clark & Enersen, Olsson, Burroughs & Thomsen, Architects

h. Because both Davis & Wilson, Architects and Clark & Enersen, Olsson, Burroughs & Thomsen, Architects submitted proposals for the Lincoln Air Terminal, the two firms joined together at this time to provide “construction projects of larger magnitude."[13:24]

i. At the age of 68 in 1977, Enersen had to retire from the Board of Directors, but continued on staff as head of landscape architecture until his death in 1983.[9:77]

j. To accomplish large projects in the state of Colorado, The Clark Enersen Partners joined forces with Clapsaddle & Pond, Architects, a firm that Colorado-based C&E employee Alfons Hamersky knew well enough to help arrange. The two firms, when joined together in 1978, worked under a new entity that was named Jeffco.

References

1. Lincoln Sunday Journal & Star (October 19, 1978), 12A.

2. Tom Kaspar, comp. Inventory of architectural records in the archives of Davis Fenton Stange Darling, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska. 1996. Nebraska State Historical Society, RG3748, Box 16.

3. Dennis Scheer and Kent Munster, “The Clark Enersen Partners: Six Decades of Design,” Preservation Association of Lincoln, Brownbag Lecture Series, Museum of Nebraska History, April 8, 2003.

4. “Zierk [sic] Elected By Architects,” Lincoln Star (December 10, 1962), 11:5

5. City of Lincoln, Building Permit 82564, November 11, 1962. “Clark & Enersen / Davis & Wilson.”

6. The AIA Historical Directory of American Architects, s.v. “Clark & Enersen,” (ahd4001012), http://public.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/ahd4001012.aspx (accessed February 3, 2017).

7. Gene Kelly, “Architect captured by new career in art,” Sunday Journal Star (June 18, 1989), 2C.

8.The AIA Historical Directory of American Architects, s.v. “Clark & Enersen, Olsson, Burroughs & Thomsen,” (ahd4001013), http://public.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/ahd4001013.aspx (accessed February 3, 2017).

9.The AIA Historical Directory of American Architects, s.v. “Kenneth Bowhay Clark,” (ahd1007866), http://public.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/ahd1007866.aspx (accessed February 3, 2017).

10. “Lincolnites Win Concrete Masonry House Plan Competition,” Lincoln Star (September 6, 1953), 5A.

11. “Design at the Clark Enersen Partners 1946-1986,” The Clark Enersen Partners (February 1986).

12. Ed Russo, “A firm foundation,” Lincoln Journal Star (January 28, 1996), 1E-2E.

13. Ryan R. Horner, The Clark Enersen Partners: 50 Years of Design [in three parts]. [Lincoln: The Clark Enersen Partners, 1996].

14. “James Arthur ‘Jim’ Johnson,” Lincoln Journal Star (April 19, 2003), 4B.

15. City of Lincoln Building Permit #82272.

Other Sources

Lawrence Albert Enersen, Nebraska State Historical Society Official Nebraska Government Website, (June 2009), accessed November 2014 at http://nebraskahistory.org/lib-arch/research/manuscripts/family/enersenla.htm


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Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Clark & Enersen, Architects,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, March 3, 2011. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, October 14, 2019.


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