Dean E. Arter & Associates, Architects

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Lincoln, Nebraska, 1966-1992


Dean Edwin Arter

The Dean E. Arter & Associates architectural firm was organized in 1966, when Dean Edwin Arter purchased the interests of his former partner in the Arter & Speece firm. The firm provided services in Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, and Colorado until 1998, three years following the death of its founder. Arter & Associates designed private residences, public and elderly housing, churches, schools, and public buildings.[2]

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, 1967-1969, 1970-1992

Scottsbluff-Gering, Nebraska, 1967-1970

Lineage of the Firm

1956-1966: Arter & Speece, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1966-1998: Dean E. Arter & Associates, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Other Associations

1967-1970: employed Thomas Eugene Backtold, designer.

Buildings & Projects

Clay Center Housing for the Elderly (1964), Clay Center, Nebraska.[6:30-31]

High Rise Apartment Building (1968), Auburn, Nebraska.[3]

Low-Rise Apartment Project (1969), Terrytown, Nebraska[3][b]

Church (before 1970), SE corner 48th & A, Lincoln, Nebraska.[DM]

Missouri Valley Low-rent Housing (1971), Missouri Valley, Iowa.[4]

Martin Luther Home Chapel & Retreat Center (1973), Beatrice, Nebraska.[6:38-39]


CenterStone (n.d.), Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][a]

Georgian Place (n. d.), Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][a]

Lincoln Station (n. d.), Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][a]

Commerce Court (n. d.), Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][a]

Lincoln Square (n. d.), Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][a]

Delta Epsilon (n.d.), UNL campus, Lincoln [5]


a. A certified historic rehabilitation project.

b. The firm was listed with offices in Scottsbluff-Gering, Nebraska, 1967-1970.


1. “Downtown developer Arter dies,” Lincoln Star (January 27, 1995), 23.

2. “The Arter Group,” accessed July 9, 2013,

3. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory third ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1970), 29, accessed April 4, 2010,

4. Thomas Lee 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.

5. Justin J. Van Mullem; ed. Edward F. Zimmer and Gregory R. Mathis. “Greek Row Historic District,” National Register of Historic Places Registration Form (Lincoln: Lincoln/Lancaster County Planning Department, April 18, 1997).

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

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Dean E. Arter & Associates, 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, December 7, 2022.

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