Clark & Enersen, Olsson, Burroughs & Thomsen, Architects

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Lincoln, Nebraska, 1962-1971


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

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

Albert Charles Hamersky, Architect, Lincoln, Nebraska. 1964-1992 [9:25-32]

William D. Schlaebitz, Architect, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1964-1987 [9:34]

Charles L. Thomsen, Engineer, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1962-1980 [9:85]

Clark & Enersen, Olsson, Burroughs & Thomsen, Architects is the first expansion of and name modification to the firm of Clark & Enersen, by which name the firm continued to be known informally as well as appear as such on numerous building permits. In 1962, the firm added engineers through a merger with the firm, located "down the hall" in their Sharp Building offices, known as Olsson & Burroughs, Engineers. The new trio of engineers included John Olsson, Max Burroughs, and Charles L. Thomsen. Olsson remained with the expanded firm until 1970, Burroughs until 1976, and Thomsen through 1980. Clark & Enersen had grown to 60 employees by 1963, and around 80 by the late 1970s.[9:20-21] The firm went through a series of name changes until 1977, when they settled on 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.

C.Y. Thompson Library, 1964 (D. Murphy)
Central Telephone & Utilities (CTU) Building, 1969-1970 (D. Murphy)
Lincoln Community Services Building, 1965 (D. Murphy)

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Lincoln, Nebraska, 1963-1970

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

1962-ca. 1973: employed Dennis A. Klawon, architect.[9:54]

1962-1968: employed Deon Bahr, architect.[9:54]

1962-_: employed Terry Gartner, architect.[9:54]

1962-_: employed Richard L. Youngscap, architect.[9:54]

1963-_: employed Bob Hanna, architect.[9:54]

1965-1969: employed Gerry Klein, architect.

1967/1970-_: employed Robert R. Kelley, architect.[9:54]

1967/1970-_: employed Susan McClendon, architect.[9:54]

1967/1970-_: employed John E. Sinclair, architect.[9:54]

1968: employed Larry Wayne Westerbeck, architect.[9:54]

1970: employed Bernard P. Rempe, architect.[9:108]

Buildings & Projects


Pegler Warehouse and Office (1956-1966), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Lancaster County Humane Society (1956-1966), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Cot-Nor Building (1956-1966), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Dormitory Complex, University of Nebraska (1956-1966), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Woods Park and Pool (1956-1966), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][9:22]

Lakeview Methodist Church (1956-1966), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]


Greyhound Bus Terminal (ca.1960-1966), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][9:63]

Fine Arts Building, Nebraska Wesleyan University (1960-1966), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][9:74]

Men's Dormitory, Nebraska Wesleyan University (1960-1966), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][9:67]

Folsom Children's Zoo & Botanical Garden (1960-1966), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][8][9:69]

Holmes Park and Clubhouse (1960-1966), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][9:67]

Pioneer Housing (ca.1960-1966), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][9:64]

Fremont National Bank (ca.1960-1969), Fremont, Nebraska.[9:63]

NETV transmitter stations (ca.1960-1969), Alliance, Bassett, Merriman, & Hastings, Nebraska.[9:63]

Wahoo-Neumann School (ca.1960-1969), Nebraska.[9:64]

Nelson School (ca.1960-1969), Nebraska.[9:64]

Depot Drive-up Bank (ca.1960-1969), Lincoln, Nebraska.[9:65]

Rousseau Elementary School (ca.1960-1969), Nebraska.[9:64]

Addition & Remodel of Milder Manor (ca.1969), Nebraska.[9:66,175]

Bennett Martin Library Courtyard (ca.1960-1969), Nebraska.[9:66]

I-80 "Road Ranches" (ca.1960-1969), Grand Island & Gibbon, Nebraska.[9:66]

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Dormitories (ca.1960-1969), Lincoln, Nebraska.[9:68]

Ypsilon Inn, cabins, & solar heated pool (ca.1960-1969), YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado.[9:64]

U.S. Forestry Laboratory, University of Nebraska (ca.1966-1970), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][9:74]

Interstate Park (ca. 1960-1970), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

First National Bank Drive-In Branch (1962), Lincoln, Nebraska.[9:56]

Catholic Center (1963), Waverly, Nebraska.[2][b][c]

Havelock Christian Church (1963), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][10]

Lincoln Center for Community Services (1964), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][9:57]

Eleven-Eleven Building (1964), 11th & J Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Soshnik Residence (1964), Lincoln, Nebraska.[9:56][12:97]

C.Y. Thompson Library (1964), University of Nebraska, East Campus, Lincoln, Nebraska.[2][3][6][9:57][b]

Universal Surety Building (1964), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][9:56][g]

Lincoln Community Services Building and Foundation Garden (1964-1965), 215 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, Nebraska.[2][6][9:57][b][f]

Student Center (1965), Chadron State College, Chadron, Nebraska.[12:15]

Lancaster County Courthouse (1965-1967), Lincoln, Nebraska.[1]

Norfolk Senior High School (1967), Norfolk, Nebraska.[9:65]

Olin Hall of Science Laboratory/Classroom (1968-1969), Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Nebraska.[2][6][7][9:57][12:119][b]

Peru State College Student Center, Dorms & Art Center (1967-1968), Peru, Nebraska.[3][9:57][c]

County-City Building (1969), with Hemphill & Vierk, Lincoln, Nebraska.[2][3][6][7][8][9:57][c][e]

Centennial Mall (1969), Lincoln, Nebraska.[3][6][8][9:155[c]

Addition (1969), YMCA, 1039 P St., Lincoln, Nebraska. (LC13:C09-145)

U. S. Main Post Office Building (1969), Lincoln, Nebraska.[2][7][9:68][b]

Central Telephone & Utilities (CTU) Building (1969-1970), 1201 N St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[4][d]

Grandstand, Nebraska State Fairgrounds (1970).[6]

Lincoln Community Playhouse (1970), Lincoln, Nebraska.[5][6][a]

St. Elizabeth Community Health Center (1970-1971), 70th and O Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][7][8][9:157][12:133]

Madonna Home / Professional Care Center (1971), 2200 S. 52nd St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][8][9:155][12:125]

Charles H. Gere and Anderson Branch Libraries (1971), 56th St. & Normal Blvd., Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][8][9:156][12:127

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church (1971), 1720 Lake St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[11]

Honors & Awards

1961: First Award, Nebraska Architects Association, Chadron State Teachers College Student Center, Lincoln, Nebraska.[9:55]

1961: First Award, Nebraska Architects Association, Peru State Teachers College Student Center, Lincoln, Nebraska.[9:55]

1962: First Award, Nebraska Architects Association, First National Bank Drive-In Branch, Lincoln, Nebraska.[9:56]

1963: First Award, Nebraska Architects Association, Catholic Center, Waverly, Nebraska.[9:56]

1964: First Award, Nebraska Architects Association, Universal Surety Company Office Building, Lincoln, Nebraska.[9:56]

1964: Honor Award, Nebraska Architects Association, Soshnik Residence, Lincoln, Nebraska.[9:57]

1964: First Award, Nebraska Architects Association, Lincoln Center for Community Services and Foundation Garden.[9:57]

1964: First Award, Nebraska Architects Association, University of Nebraska East Campus C.Y. Thompson Library, Lincoln, Nebraska.[9:57]

1967: Honor Award, Nebraska Architects Association, Peru State College Dormitory Complex.[9:57]

1969: Honor Award, Portland Cement Association Distinguished Architectural Design, County-City Building, Lincoln, Nebraska.[9:57]

1969: Honor Award, Nebraska Architects Association, Olin Hall of Science at Nebraska Wesleyan, Lincoln, Nebraska.[9:57]

1970: Honor Award, Nebraska Architects Association, Centennial Mall, Lincoln, Nebraska.[9:155]

1971: Honor Award, Nebraska Architects Association, Madonna Home, Lincoln, Nebraska.[9:155]

1971: Honor Award, Nebraska Architects Association, Gere Public Library, Lincoln, Nebraska.[9:156]

1971: Honor Award, Nebraska Architects Association, Anderson Public Library, Lincoln, Nebraska.[9:156]


a. This was designed by William D. Schlaebitz.[5]

b. These projects were designed by Albert Charles Hamersky.[5]

c. These were designed by Lawrence A. Enersen.[5]

d. This was a three story addition and remodel of the old Continental National Bank Building of 1957, by Davis & Wilson, Architects.

e. In association with Hemphill & Vierk, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.[3][8]

f. This was funded by the Woods Charitable Fund.[6]

g. Project completed by Davis, Clark & Associates, a joint firm of Davis & Wilson and Clark & Enersen, Olsson, Burroughs & Thomsen, Architects. [9:24]

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."[9:24]

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.


1. Oliver B. Pollak, "Nebraska Courthouses: Contention, Compromise, and Community" [Images of America Series] (Chicago: Arcadia Publishing, 2002), 112.

2. The AIA Historical Directory of American Architects, s.v. “Clark & Enersen, Olsson, Burroughs & Thomsen,” (ahd4001013), (accessed February 3, 2017).

3. Kathryn Cates Moore, “Building on the Past: Architecture in Lincoln Strengthens the Fabric of the City,” Lincoln Journal Star (May 23, 2004), 1-2K.

4. City of Lincoln, Building Permit 99046, December 15, 1969, for the CTU Building Corporation.

5. 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.

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

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

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

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

10. City of Lincoln Building Permit #84975.

11. City of Lincoln Building Permit #102667.

12. Steve Eveans, et. al., New Architecture in Nebraska, from the Nebraska Society of Architects & the American Institute of Architects (Omaha, Nebraska: 1977).

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Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Clark & Enersen, Olsson, Burroughs & Thomsen, Architects,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, May 8, 2018. Accessed, August 18, 2022.

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