Donald L. Nispel (1931-1997), Architect

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Hastings, Nebraska, 1963-1997

DBA: Donald Nispel Architects, Hastings, Nebraska

Donald L. Nispel was born in Hastings, Nebraska on June 28, 1931. He attended the University of Nebraska from 1949-1950, after which he attended Hastings College until 1951, and again in 1953-1954. In between his two sessions at Hastings, Nispel served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1951-1953. Nispel opened his own firm, Donald L. Nispel, in Hastings, Nebraska in 1967. Nispel died on May 20, 1997 at age 65 in Hastings.[2][3]

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, 1968-1972, 1974-1975

Educational & Professional Associations

1949-1950: student, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.[2]

1950-1951: student, Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska.[2]

1951-1953: U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.[2]

1953-1954: student, Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska.[2]

1963-1967: architect, Edgar Burgett, Architect, Hastings, Nebraska.[a]

1967-1997: architect and owner, Donald Nispel Architects, Hastings, Nebraska.[2]

Buildings & Projects

St. Michael's Church (1967), Hastings, Nebraska.[2]

Friend Motor Supply Office & Maintenance Building (1967), Minden, Nebraska.[2]

Philipps Building (1967), Hastings, Nebraska.[2]

Fleming Apartments (1968), Industrial Park, Hastings, Nebraska.[2]

Kenesaw School Addition (1969), Kenesaw, Nebraska.[2]


a. First listing in Hastings directory, 1963.


1. AIA Historical Directory of American Architects: A Resource Guide to Finding Information About Past Architects, accessed June 1, 2010,

2. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory Third Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1970), 669, accessed April 4, 2010,

3. “Nispel Rites,” Hastings Tribune (May 22, 1997), 2:1.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Donald L. Nispel (1931-1997), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, February 26, 2015. Accessed, August 11, 2022.

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