Dufrene & Mendelssohn, Architects

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1881-1885


Alfred R. Dufrene, Omaha, Nebraska

Louis Mendelssohn, Omaha, Nebraska

The partnership of Dufrene and Mendelssohn was formed on July 1, 1881.[1] The partnership lasted five years.[2] See the individual architect's names for the biographical information.

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.

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Christian Specht Bldg, 1884 (D. Murphy)

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Omaha, Nebraska, 1881-1885

Lineage of the Firm

1868-1870: Borst & Dufrene, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1874-1881: A. R. Dufrene, Architect, Omaha, Nebraska.

1881-1885: Dufrene & Mendelssohn, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1886: A. R. Dufrene, Architect, Omaha, Nebraska.

1886-1887: Mendelssohn & Fisher, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1887: Mendelssohn & Lawrie, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1888-1893: Mendelssohn, Fisher & Lawrie, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1893-1896: Louis Mendelssohn (1842- ), Architect, Omaha, Nebraska.

Other Associations

1883-1884: employed George A. Berlinghof (1858-1944), Architect, as draftsman.

1884: employed George Lee Fisher, as draftsman.

Buildings & Projects


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P. E. Iler Block, ca 1985 (Lynn Meyer)

P. E. Iler Block (1881), 1109-10-12 Harney St., Omaha, Nebraska.[4]

Nebraska National Bank (1883), Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

Wm. A. Paxton Store (1884), SE corner 15th & Farnam, Omaha, Nebraska.[1][3]

Christian Specht Bldg (1884), 1110 Douglas, Omaha, Nebraska.[6][7][8] (DO09:0123-005) National Register narrative

Valley County Courthouse (1885), Ord, Nebraska.[5]


Academy of the Sacred Heart (n. d.), Omaha, Nebraska.[2][8]

Omaha National Bank (n. d.), Omaha, Nebraska.[2][1]

Paxton, Gallagher & Co. Warehouse (n. d.), Omaha, Nebraska.[2][8]

Parlin, Orendorf & Martin Warehouse (n. d.), Omaha, Nebraska.[2][8]

S. R. Brown residence (n. d.), Omaha, Nebraska.[1]

Burlington Headquarters (n.d.), Omaha, Nebraska.[6][8]



1. A. T. Andreas, History of the State of Nebraska (Chicago: The Western Historical Company, 1882), 767.

2. “Mendelssohn & Laurie” The [Omaha] Herald (January 1, 1887).

3. Standard Blue's Buildings of the 80's.

4. Omaha Bee Annual Supplement (January 1, 1882).

5. Oliver B. Pollak, Nebraska Courthouses: Contention, Compromise, and Community [Images of America Series] (Chicago: Arcadia Publishing, 2002), 40. [725.1.P771n]

6. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

7. City of Omaha Planning Department, Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission, Database, Query on Architects, May 20, 2002; courtesy of Lynn Meyer, Preservation Planner.

8. Robert Peters, “Bemis Bag Company National Register of Historic Places Nomination,” Omaha City Planning Department (August 1978).

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Dufrene & Mendelssohn, Architects,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, November 21, 2014. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, October 27, 2020.

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