Eckel & Mann, Architects

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St. Joseph, Missouri, 1880-1892


Edmond Jacques Eckel (1845-1934), F.A.I.A.

George R. Mann (1856-1939)

Edmond Jacques Eckel was born in France in 1845.[1] While in France, Eckel was apprenticed to several French architects, studying for four years at the Ecole des Beaux Arts.[1] Around 1870, Eckel traveled to America, settling in St. Joseph, Missouri, to continue his very productive career in architecture.[1] From about 1880 to 1892, Eckel was in partnership with George R. Mann, who later relocated to Little Rock, Arkansas where he as a leading architect from 1900-1930, with projects including the Arkansas State Capitol.[1][3] Eckel died in 1934 and Mann in 1939.[1][3]

This page is a contribution to the publication, Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. See the Format and contents of Nebraska architect entries page for more information on the compilation and page organization.

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Educational & Professional Associations

1873: Eckel & (Alfred) Meier, architects & superintendents, Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Buildings & Projects


Paxton Hotel (1882), Omaha, Nebraska (original building).[2][a]

Pottawattamie County Courthouse and Jail (1885), Council Bluffs, Iowa (courthouse demolished; jail on NRHP).

Josiah Moss House (1889-1891), 906 Sylvanie St. Joseph, Missouri.[c]



a. The superintendent was Sidney Smith. To avoid mistake, the Paxton hotel was built on the site of the Grand Central Hotel, built in 1873 and burned down in 1878. It is possibly referred to as the Grand Central Hotel in its beginnings, a misnomer in certain references. Much later on, due to a fire in 1928, a new Paxton Building was built on the same site in 1929.

b. Eckel's name is variously spelled as Edmond or Edmund and Jacques or Jaques.[4] The spelling selected for this page is from his death certificate and from his gravestone in Mount Mora Cemetery in St. Joseph, Missouri.[5][6]

c. George Berlinghof produced a watercolor rendering of the Moss House in St. Joseph based on a published rendering of the house by Harvey Ellis, rather than on the chateauesque mansion itself. Curiously, the Berlinghof watercolor, while closely following the Ellis rendering (published in American Architect & Building News of September 20, 1890), reverses the image. Ronald H.L.M. Ramsay shared his identification of the source of Berlinghof's rendering.[7]


1. Henry Futhey & Elise Rathburn Witney, Biographical Dictionary of American Architects (Los Angeles: Hennessey & Ingalls, Inc., 1970).

2. Wikipedia contributors, "Grand Central Hotel (Omaha, Nebraska)," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Accessed online on February 7, 2017 at,_Nebraska)&oldid=734501869

3. St. Joseph, Missouri city directories; and Wikipedia contributors, "George R. Mann," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Accessed online on January 23, 2018 at

4. St. Joseph, Missouri city directories; and Wikipedia contributors, "Edmond Jacques Eckel," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Accessed online on January 23, 2018 at

5. "Edmond Jacques Eckel," Certificate of Death on December 12, 1934, Missouri State Board of Health Accessed online on January 23, 2018, at

6. "Edmond Jacques Eckel," Find A Grave. Accessed online on January 23, 2018, at

7. R.H.L.M. Ramsay, Plains Architecture, to History Nebraska Help Desk, E-mail communication, September 28, 2019; and American Architect and Building News (September 20, 1890), No. 769.

8. "Eckel & Meier Architects Superintendents," (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (May 1, 1873), 4.

Page Citation

D. Murphy & E. F. Zimmer, “Eckel & Mann, Architects,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, April 28, 2020. Accessed, August 11, 2022.

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