Claude W. Way (1870-1948), Architect

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Hastings, Nebraska, 1907-1920

DBA: C. W. Way & Company, Architects

Claude W. Way was born in January 1870, in Michigan.[[#References|[11][12][13] He moved to Hastings in 1906 at the age of 36.[15] He worked primarily as an architect , but he often traveled to southern Texas, where he had land and oil interests. Later in his career, Way moved to Texas and was involved in real estate. Way was married to Helene, with whom he had at least four children. Way died in September 1948, and he was buried in Hastings, Nebraska.[4][6][7][8][11][12][13]

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

Hastings, 1910, 1913-1920

Educational & Professional Associations

1900: carpenter, Franklin, Nebraska.[6]

1906-1920: architect and owner, C. W. Way & Company, Architects, Hastings, Nebraska.[9]

1910: architect, Hastings, Nebraska.[7]

1920: architect and contractor, Hastings, Nebraska.[8]

1924: real estate, Houston, Texas.[15]

1930: real estate broker, Houston, Texas.[12]

1940: realtor, Houston, Texas.[11]

Other Associations

1907-1922: employed Marcus Lindsey Evans, chief draftsman and designer (1907-1918) and partner (1916-1922).[14]

Buildings & Projects

Harvard Carnegie Library (1914), 309 Clay, Harvard, Nebraska.[1] (CY07-002)

House for J. M. Davis (1914), 907 N Burlington Avenue, Hastings, Nebraska.[9]

Clarke Hotel (1914-1916), 233 N Hastings Ave, Hastings, Nebraska.[3][9][10][15] (AD04-022) National Register narrative

Clay Center Carnegie Library (1915), 117 W Edgar, Clay Center, Nebraska.[1] (CY01-002)

Dutton-Lainson’s Victory Building (ca. 1917-1920), 415 W. 2nd, Hastings, Nebraska.[2][3][9][15] (AD04-002) National Register narrative

Elm Creek School (1921-1922), M & Beecroft. Elm Creek, Nebraska.[5] (BF02-023)


Strand Theater (n.d.), NE corner W 2nd & Burlington, Hastings, Nebraska.[15] (AD04-023)

St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church (n.d.), 307 W 7th, Hastings, Nebraska.[15] (AD04-423)

Hastings City Auditorium (n.d.), 400 N Hastings, Nebraska.[15] (AD04-085)

C. W. Way House (n.d.), 907 N Burlington Ave, Hastings, Nebraska (AD04-619)



1. Nebraska State Library Commission, Buildings and Architects Card File.

2. David Murphy, “The Hastings Victory Building: A Personal Commemoration,” Nebraska History 71 (1990), 121-25.

3. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

4. Adams County Democrat (May 10, 1918), 8:3.

5. The American Contractor XLIII:3 (January 21, 1922), 86. On bid.

6. 1900 United States Census, s.v. “Claud Way,” Bloomington Township, Franklin County, Nebraska, accessed through

7. 1910 United States Census, s.v. “Claude W. Way,” Hastings, Adams County, Nebraska, accessed through

8. 1920 United States Census, s.v. “Claud W. Way,” Hastings, Adams County, Nebraska, accessed through

9. Catherine Renschler and Elizabeth Spilinek, “Central Hastings Historic District,” Historical News (Adams County Historical Society) 36:5 (2003), 6, 9.

10. Hastings: A Walking Tour Guide of the Historic Downtown Area (Hastings: Cornhusker Press, for the Adams County Historical Society, [1980]).

11. 1940 United States Census, s.v. “Claude W. Way,” Houston, Harris County, Texas, accessed through

12. 1930 United States Census, s.v. “Claude W. Way,” Houston, Harris County, Texas, accessed through

13. “Claude W. Way,”, April 24, 2014, accessed April 30, 2015,

14. Application for Registration to Practice Professional Engineering and Architecture, Nebraska State Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Architects, December 9, 1937. Nebraska State Historical Society RG081 SG2

15. "Rittenhouse & Way: Architects of Hastings' First Half Century," (Adams County Historical Society), accessed on April 25, 2017 via

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Claude W. Way (1870-1948), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, April 30, 2015. Accessed, December 3, 2022.

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