Edward F. Warren (1864-1914), Architect

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Virginia, Minnesota, 1900-1901; Lincoln, Nebraska, 1906-1907; Kansas City, Missouri, 1907-1908

Edward F. Warren advertised as an architect in Lincoln in 1906 and 1907, the latter year with the firm Warren & Ort. He was born in Rochester, New York in 1864 to William and Annie Warren. His father was a carpenter. At age 15 Edward was apprenticed to a carpenter in Peoria, Illinois.[6] He may have worked for a Minneapolis firm of engineers and contractors in the 1890s[13][g], before he began practicing as an architect in Virginia, Minnesota between 1900 and 1901, then in Albert Lea, Minnesota in 1903.[10][11][a] Warren married Effigene Martin in 1906.[7][c] His tenure in Lincoln was also brief, as he arrived in 1906 and was listed in the 1907 city directory, but he was described as a Kansas City architect by 1907.[9][e] He was also listed as an architect in the Kansas City directories of 1907 and 1908. Subsequent Kansas City directories listed him as a cigar dealer, as did the 1910 U. S. Census.[8][d] E. F. Warren died in Kansas City, Missouri in 1914.[3][4][5]

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, 1907

Educational & Professional Associations

1900-1903: architect, Virginia, Minnesota (1900-1901) and Albert Lea, Minnesota.[10][11][a]

1906: architect, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][b]

1906-1907: architect and partner, Warren & Ort, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.[12][f]

1907: architect with John W. McKecknie, Kansas City, Missouri.[2]

Buildings & Projects


a. Virginia, Minnesota suffered a devastating fire in June of 1900 that destroyed the community's business section. Warren established himself in the town by July of 1900 and advertised frequently in the local newspaper through April of 1901. He was noted as working on several projects during that span, but was not mentioned in the local press thereafter. SEE http://www.lakesnwoods.com/images2/Virginia61.jpg for a postcard of Fay Hotel, Warren's first project in Virginia. In 1903, he placed classified advertisements in a Minneapolis newspaper, seeking a draftsman to join him in Albert Lea, Minnesota.[10][11]

b. Lincoln Star listed "E. F. Warren, architect" among two dozen new members of Lincoln Commercial Club in February, 1906.[1]

c. Iowa marriage records of Pottawattamie County include the August 1906 marriage of Edward F. Warren, architect from Lincoln, Nebraska, to Fannie (McCabe) Effigene Martin of Lincoln, NE. It was a second marriage for both parties.[7]

d. As early as 1908, Kansas City directories listed Edward F. Warren as a cigar dealer. The 1910 U. S. Census lists Ed. F. Warren, age 45, born New York State, as a retail cigar dealer, residing with wife Effigene.[8]

e. In October 1907, E. F. Warren's wife was plaintiff in a foreclosure suit in Lincoln. A Lincoln newspaper described her as "the wife of a Kansas City architect, who formerly lived in Lincoln..."[9]

f. Lincoln Star reported in June 1906 "Mr. Jacob Ort, who has been engaged in the building and architectural business in Wahoo, Nebraska for many years, has moved to Lincoln and he and Mr. W. [sic] F. Warren, an architect of this city, have formed the firm of Warren & Ort, and will do a general architectural and building business and have offices over the Bank of Commerce." The firm was also mentioned in the Lincoln City directory of 1907.[12]

g. Minneapolis city directories list an Edward F. Warren as a superintendent for the Barnett & Record Company in 1898. That same edition lists Barnett & Record as builders and engineers, with an advertisement as "Designer and Builders of Grain Elevators, Mills, Breweries and Malt Houses," along with "Also a large number of docks, mills, court houses, packing houses, hotel...and other like improvements." In 1897 and 1899, the Minneapolis directories listed Edward F. Warren as a machinist, specifying in 1897 that his employer, Morgan & Wright, was in the business of bicycle repairs. He has not been found listed in that city's directories before or after the cited dates, nor in the 1900 U. S. Census.[13]


1. "New Members for the Commercial Club," Lincoln (Nebraska) Star (February 28, 1906), 7.

2. Kansas City, Missouri city directory, 1907.

3. Missouri Death Certificate for Edward Francis Warren, architect, b. Rochester NY July 9, 1864, d. June 19, 1914, Kansas City, Missouri, buried Quincy, Michigan. Informant: Mrs. Effigene Warren. Accessed on-line May 2, 2019, at https://www.sos.mo.gov/images/archives/deathcerts/1914/1914_00019504.PDF

4. Ancestry.com. New York, State Census, 1865 [database on-line], s.v. "Edward F. Warren." Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.

5. "Edward Francis Warren," burial in Lake View Cemetery, Quincy, Michigan, in Find A Grave, website access on-line May 2, 2019, at https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/46833560

6. Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line], s.v. "Edward F. Warren." Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010.

7. Ancestry.com. Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1940 [database on-line], s.v. "Edward F. Warren." Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.

8. Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line], s.v. "Effigene Warren. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.

9. "Interesting Sidelights on Mortgage Transaction," Lincoln (Nebraska) Evening News (October 15, 1907), 8.

10. All the following found in The Virginia (Minnesota) Enterprise: "For the Second Time. Virginia is wiped out by fire, the entire business portion being destroyed," (June 8, 1900), 1; advertisement for "E F. Warren Architect," (July 13, 1900), 4; "Building Notes," report on plans for Fay Hotel (July 20, 1900), 1; Warren to be superintendent for "new Dr. More hospital at Eveleth [Minnesota]," drew "a neat plan for his [Mayor Palmer's] cottage on Walnut street, and "furnished the plans for the new [Methodist] parsonage", all in (August 10, 1900), 9; plans and superintendence of construction for Talboys & Campbell's store addition in Eveleth, Minnesota (September 7, 1900), 5; last advertisement in Enterprise for "E. F. Warren Architect," (April 5, 1901), 8.

11. "WANTED--At once, a first-class architectural draftsman; steady position to right party. Apply or address E. F. Warren, architect, Albert Lea, Minn.," Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota) March 20, 1903.

12. Notice of formation of firm of Warren & Ort, Lincoln (Nebraska) Star (June 3, 1906), 2.

13. Minneapolis city directories. See p. 90, 1898 edition, for half-page advertisement for The Barnett & Record Company.

Page Citation

E. F. Zimmer and D. Murphy, “Edward F. Warren (1864-1914), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, May 10, 2019. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, August 19, 2022.

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