Dean Edwin Arter (1927-1995), Architect

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Lincoln, Nebraska, 1951-1995


DBA: Arter & Associates; Dean E. Arter & Associates

Dean Edwin Arter was born on April 6, 1927 in Hawarden, Iowa. He joined the U.S. Air Force, serving 1944-1946. After earning his Bachelor’s of Art in Architecture from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1951, he entered architectural practice as a draftsman in Lincoln.[4][5]

Arter formed the firm of Arter & Speece in 1956 which stayed in practice until 1966. Then he established Dean E. Arter & Associates, where he practiced for almost thirty years.[4][5] He developed Devco, Inc., in 1970, and later Devco Investment Corporation, a property management firm responsible for several downtown development projects, including CenterStone, Georgian Place, Lincoln Station, Commerce Court, and Lincoln Square.[6][7] In 1980 his companies were organized under the umbrella entity, The Arter Group Ltd.[2]

Arter was a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and was active with the Lincoln Council on Alcoholism and Drugs, receiving the Bronze Key in 1983.[1][6] He was also prominently associated with the Cosmopolitan Club, Westminster Presbyterian Church, DeltaUpsilon, and the NU Alumni Association. Dean Arter died on January 26, 1995.[6][7]

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, 1956-1959, 1961-1976, 1992

Scottsbluff-Gering, Nebraska, 1967-1970

Educational & Professional Associations

1944-1946: U. S. Army Air Force.[4][5]

1951: B.A. in Architecture, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.[4][5]

1951-1956: draftsman, Clark & Enersen, Lincoln, Nebraska.[4]

1956-1966: architect and partner, Arter & Speece, Lincoln, Nebraska.[4][5]

1966-1995: architect and president, Dean E. Arter & Associates, Lincoln, Nebraska.[5[a][b]

Other Associations

1976-1979: employed Dennis J. Lyon, vice president of Dean E. Arter & Associates.

Buildings & Projects

Some buildings listed as principal works by Arter while practicing as Arter & Speece include the following:

Hampton Elementary School (1957), Hampton, Nebraska.[4]

St. Andrews Lutheran Church (1958), Lincoln, Nebraska.[4]

Medical Village Office Building (1959), Lincoln, Nebraska.[4]

Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church (1959), Lyons, Nebraska.[4]

Fillmore County Hospital (1959), Geneva, Nebraska.[4]

Gymnasium Addition (1961), Public School, Walthill, Nebraska.[4]

Methodist Chapel & Student Center-Cornerstone Student Chapel (1962), Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][5]

Elementary Schools (1964), Valentine, Nebraska.[5]

Senior High School (1965), Gering, Nebraska.[5]

Some principle works by Arter after forming the Dean E. Arter & Associates firm include the following:

High Rise Apartment Building (1968), Auburn, Nebraska.[5]

Low-Rise Apartment Project (1969), Terrytown, Nebraska[5]

Aldersgate United Methodist Church (1969), 8320 South St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Undated

CenterStone (n.d.), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Georgian Place (n. d.), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Lincoln Station (n. d.), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Commerce Court (n. d.), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Lincoln Square (n. d.), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Notes

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

b. The architectural firm discontinued operations in 1998.[2]

References

1. 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).

2. “The Arter Group,” accessed July 9, 2013, http://www.artergroup.com/aboutus.htm

3. AIA Historical Directory of American Architects: A Resource Guide to Finding Information About Past Architects, accessed April 4, 2010, http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/ahd1001330.aspx

4. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory second ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1962), 21, accessed April 4, 2010, http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/1962%20American%20Architects%20Directory.aspx

5. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory, third ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1970), 29, accessed April 4, 2010, http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/1970%20American%20Architects%20Directory.aspx

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

7. “Arter,” Lincoln Star (January 29, 1995), 8E.

8. City of Lincoln Building Permit #98515.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Dean Edwin Arter (1927-1995), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, July 9, 2013. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, August 20, 2019.


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