Clark & Enersen, Hamersky, Schlaebitz, Burroughs & Thomsen, Architects

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Lincoln, Nebraska, 1972-1977


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

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

Albert Charles Hamersky, Architect, Lincoln, Nebraska. 1964-1992 [5:25-32]

William D. Schlaebitz, Architect, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1964-1987 [5:34]

Charles L. Thomsen, Engineer, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1962-1980 [5:85]

Clark & Enersen, Hamersky, Schlaebitz, Burroughs & Thomsen is the second in a series of name changes to the firm of Clark & Enersen, by which name the firm continued to be informally known, as well as to appear as such on numerous building permits. In 1977 the firm settled on the name, The Clark Enersen Partners.

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.

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Lincoln, Nebraska, 1972-1976

Lineage of the Firm

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

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

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

1975-__: employed Lowell S. Berg, architect.[5:116]

1975-__: employed Charles "Chuck" Woll, Architect.[5:116]

1976-1985: employed Charles G. Nelson, architect.

Buildings & Projects

Lincoln Downtown and Northeast Branch YMCAs (ca.1966-1976), Lincoln, Nebraska.[2]

Blessed Sacrament Rectory (ca.1966-1976), Lincoln, Nebraska.[2]

Maude Rousseau School Addition (ca.1966-1976), Lincoln, Nebraska.[2]

Rampark Lane (ca.1966-1976), Lincoln, Nebraska.[2]

Mid America Web Press (ca.1966-1976), Lincoln, Nebraska.[2]

Nebraska Air Guard Shop (ca.1966-1976), Lincoln, Nebraska.[2]

Weaver Potato Chip (ca.1966-1976), Lincoln, Nebraska.[2]

Smith-Curtis Administration Building, Nebraska Wesleyan University (ca.1966-1976), Lincoln, Nebraska.[2][5:172]

State Capitol Interior renovation (ca.1966-1976), Lincoln, Nebraska.[2][3]

Ferguson House renovation (ca.1966-1976), Lincoln, Nebraska.[2]

Pius X School Addition (ca.1966-1976), Lincoln, Nebraska.[2]

Citibank remodel (ca.1966-1976), Lincoln, Nebraska.[2]

Cot-Nor Building addition (ca.1966-1976), Lincoln, Nebraska.[2]

Lincoln Equipment Company Office/Shop (ca.1966-1976), Lincoln, Nebraska.[2]

Lincoln Center Garden (ca.1966-1976), Lincoln, Nebraska.[2]

First National Bank (ca.1970-1976), 56th & O Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[2][5:175][a]

Salvation Army Headquarters (ca.1970-1976), Lincoln, Nebraska.[2][5:175]

May Morley School Addition (ca.1970-1976), Lincoln, Nebraska.[2][5:175]

Ovaltine Food Products (ca.1970-1976), Lincoln, Nebraska.[2][5:175]

Lincoln Telephone & Telegraph Company (ca.1970-1976), 27th & Old Cheney St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[2][5:175]

Pinewood Bowl (ca.1970-1976), Lincoln, Nebraska.[2][5:169]

State Federal Savings & Loan Association (1972), Lincoln, Nebraska.[2][6:95]

First National Drive-In Bank (1972-1973), 1340 L St, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1]

Lincoln Federal Savings & Loan (1973), Lincoln, Nebraska.[2][5:174]

Lincoln Municipal Airport Terminal (1975-1976), Lincoln, Nebraska. [2][4][5:158]

Kearney Public Library (1975), Kearney, Nebraska.[5:89][d]

13th Street Beautification (1975-1976), Lincoln, Nebraska.[2][5:91[e]

Atlantic-Richfield Black Thunder strip mine (1976), Gillette, Wyoming.[5:92]

Bob Devaney Sports Center (1976), University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.[2][5:93,166][a][f]

State Office Building and Parking Garages (1976-1977), Lincoln, Nebraska.[2][5:97,170][a]

Master Plan, Campgrounds, Ag Hall, Nebraska State Fairgrounds (1976-1977), Lincoln, Nebraska.[2][5:172]

Lincoln Memorial Mortuary (1977), Lincoln, Nebraska. [5:101]

Gavin's Point Dam Visitors Center (1977), Yankton, South Dakota.[5:101,159]

Honors & Awards

1972: Hospital of the Month Award, Modern Hospital, St. Elizabeth Community Health Center, Lincoln, Nebraska.[5:157]

1972: Honor Award, Nebraska Architects Association, State Federal Savings & Loan Association, Lincoln, Nebraska.[5:158]

1976: Honor Award, Nebraska Architects Association, Lincoln Air Terminal, Lincoln, Nebraska.[5:158][a]

1976: Honor Award, Central States Region AIA, Lincoln Air Terminal, Lincoln, Nebraska.[5:158][a]

1977: Distinguished Design Award of Merit, Architectural Competition of the 1977 Army Chief of Engineers Distinguished Design Awards Program, Gavin's Point Visitors Center, Yankton, South Dakota.[5:101]

1977: Award of Merit, Excellence in interior and exterior lighting from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home lighting. [5:101]


a. Project completed by Davis, Clark & Associates, a joint firm of Davis & Wilson and Clark & Enersen, Olsson, Burroughs & Thomsen, Architects. [6:24]

b. 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.”[5:24]

c. 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]

d. Albert Charles Hamersky was Project Architect.[5:89]

e. Project headed by Lawrence A. Enersen, Architect and Landscape Architect

f. Final plans submitted by Davis, Clark & Associates [a] and Leo A. Daly Company, Architects.

g. 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.


1. City of Lincoln Building permit 106458, December 5, 1972, $490,000.

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

3. Gene Kelly, “Age of architectural ‘prima donna’ is past,” Lincoln Journal Star (October 29, 1978) 12A.

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

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

6. Steve Eveans, et al., New Architecture in Nebraska (American Society of Architects, Omaha, Nebraska: 1977).

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Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Clark & Enersen, Hamersky, Schlaebitz, Burroughs & Thomsen, Architects,” 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, August 18, 2022.

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