Edward J. Sessinghaus (1892-1981), Architect

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1926-1976

Edward J. Sessinghaus was born January 8, 1892.[10] He practiced architecture both independently and in the partnerships Leighton & Sessinghaus and Sessinghaus & Teig. Sessinghaus had two sons and a foster daughter.[7] He died May 25, 1981.[6][16]

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.

Sokol Auditorium, 1926 (Lynn Meyer)

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Omaha, Nebraska, 1926, 1928-1929, 1931-1969, 1971-1976

Educational & Professional Associations

1898-1908: St. Peters Parochial School, Jefferson City, Missouri.[14]

____: architecture studies, International Correspondence School.[14]

____: engineering studies, American School of Correspondence.[14]

____: decoration studies, New York School of interior Decoration.[14]

1911-1916: draftsman, F. B. Miller, Architect, Jefferson City, Missouri.[14]

1917-1918: draftsman, Roy Van Sicklin, Architect, Tulsa, Oklahoma.[14]

1918: structural draftsman, Bankers Realty Investment Company, Omaha, Nebraska.[14]

1918-1919: engineering department, Liberty Ship Building Company, Wilmington, North Carolina.[14]

1919-1920: with F. B. Miller, Architect, Jefferson City, Missouri.[14]

1920-1940: architect, Omaha, Nebraska.[14][a][b]

1940: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska, A-118; September 20, 1940.[9][14]

1940-1951: Edward J. Sessinghaus, Architect, Omaha, Nebraska.

1953: president, AIA Nebraska (or the NAA).[13][20]

1953-1961: architect and principal, Edward J. Sessinghaus & Associates, Omaha, Nebraska.

1956: architect and partner, Leighton & Sessinghaus, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1956-1961: architect and principal, Sessinghaus & Teig Associates, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1962-1969: Edward J. Sessinghaus, Architect, Omaha, Nebraska.[d]

1970-1971: no Omaha listings.

1972: retired, Omaha, Nebraska.

1974-1976: no Omaha listings.

1977: architectural registration lapsed.[14]

Other Associations

1948-1953: employed Robert A. Teig, draftsman (1948-1949) and associate architect (1951-1953).

1949: employed Kenneth E. Nelson, architectural draftsman.

1962: employed Milo E. Cowdery, draftsman.

Buildings & Projects

Sokol Auditorium, 1926 (Lynn Meyer)
Timmons House Plan, 1948 (Omaha World-Herald)
Danish Brotherhood of America, 1965-1966 (D. Murphy)


House (1922), 5410 Izard St., Omaha, Nebraska.[5][15][c] (DO09:0438-199)

House (1923), 5315 Nicholas St., Omaha, Nebraska.[5][c] (DO09:0438-189)

House (1923), 5312 Cuming At., Omaha, Nebraska.[5][c] (DO09:0438-209)

House (1923), 5312 Izard St., Omaha, Nebraska.[5][c] (DO09:0438-195)

House (1925), 5306 Izard St., Omaha.[5][c] (DO09:0438-194)

T. J. Sokol Auditorium (1926), 2234 S. 13th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[1][4:47][5][14][c] (DO09:0113-001)

School (1927), 2901 Fontenelle Blvd, Omaha, Nebraska.[c]

Apartment Building (1927), 4353 Dodge St, Omaha, Nebraska.[c]

Holy Name Church & School (ca. 1927), Omaha, Nebraska.[2][14]

Benbow Apartments (1927), 4321 Dodge St., Omaha, Nebraska.[5][c] (DO09:0320-002)

Glendale Apartments (1928), 406 N. 49th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[5][c] (DO09:0433-015)

Apartment Building (1928), 128 N 31st St, omaha, Nebraska.[c]

H. E. Snyder House (1929), 2522 16th St, Columbus, Nebraska.[c] (PT01-170) National Register narrative

Apartment Building (1930), 3503 Jones, Omaha, Nebraska.[c]

House (1930), 114 S 49th Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[c]

Apartment Building (1931), Omaha, Nebraska.[11]

Roosevelt Apartments (1931), Omaha, Nebraska.[14]

House (1934), 2717 Country Club Ave., Omaha, Nebraska.[5][c] (DO09:0446-058)

House (1934-1935), Loveland Neighborhood, Omaha, Nebraska.[12]

House (1935), 2751 Fontenelle Blvd, Omaha, Nebraska.[c]

Tower Tourist Village (1935), Omaha, Nebraska.[c]

Addition and renovation (1935), Peony Park Dance Hall, Omaha, Nebraska.[c]

Storefront addition (1935), 3515 N 24th St, Omaha, Nebraska.[c]

Commercial Building (1937), 3415 Military Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[c]

Renovations (1937), Hamilton Hotel, 24th & Farnam, Omaha, Nebraska.[c]

Commercial Building (1937), 5419 Military Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[c]

Renovation (1938), Commercial Building, 228 N 16th St, Omaha, Nebraska.[c]

House (1938), Elmwood & Underwood, Omaha, Nebraska.[c]

House (1938), 501 S 50th Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[c]

House (1938), 509 S 50th Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[c]

House (1938, 509 S 50th Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[c]

House (1938), 511 S 50th Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[c]

House (1939), 527 S 58th St, Omaha, Nebraska.[c]

House (1939), 2544 N. 52nd St., Omaha, Nebraska.[5][c] (DO09:0446-125)

House (1939), 522 S 50th Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[c]

House (1939), 530 S 50th Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[c]

Commercial Building (1940), 1306 S 24th St, Omaha, Nebraska.[c]

Fort Theater (1940), 2205 Central Ave, Kearny, Nebraska.[c]

Renovations (1940), Royal Theater, 418 E Douglas, O'Neill, Nebraska.[c]

Building for American Community Stores Corp - Hinky Dinky Store (1941), 2412 St. Mary’s Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[4:171][5][c] (DO09:0207-023)

Building for American Community Stores Corp - Hinky Dinky Store (1941), 4206 Leavenworth, Omaha, Nebraska.[c]

Building for American Community Stores Corp - Hinky Dinky Store (1941), northwest corner 18th & Chicago, Omaha, Nebraska.[c]

House (1942), Maple Street Road, Omaha, Nebraska.[c]

House (1942), Sheridan St, Omaha, Nebraska.[c]

Building (1945), 1616 Cass St., Omaha, Nebraska.[5][c] (DO09:0128-038)

Bowling Alley (1947), 120 S 40th St, Omaha, Nebraska.[c]

Renovations (1947), National Furniture Company, 13th & Nicholas, Omaha, Nebraska.[c]

Renovations (1948), Blair City Hall, Blair, Nebraska.[c]

Glenn M. Timmons House (1948-1949), 704 N 72nd Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[19][f]

Commercial-manufacturing Building (1949), 2001 Nicholas, Omaha, Nebraska.[c]

House (1950), 3317 Belvedere Blvd, Omaha, Nebraska.[c]

Addition to Sacred Heart High School (1952), Omaha, Nebraska.[c] (DO09:0007-011)


In 1953, Sessinghaus expanded his practice to include associates, and changed the name of his firm accordingly, to Edward J. Sessinghaus & Associates. Then, in 1956, he formed a partnership with Robert A. Teig as Sessinghaus & Teig Associates. Both associations functioned simultaneously until 1961-1962, when Sessinghaus returned to individual practice. See the two association pages for Sessinghaus works done between 1953, and 1956 to 1961.


Commercial Building - Masonic Hall (1965), 1245 Calhous Blvd, Blair, Nebraska.[c]

Danish Brotherhood of America National Headquarters Building (1965-1966), 3717 Harney, Omaha, Nebraska.[17][18][21:110][e] (DO09:0319-086)


Beverly Manor Apartments, Omaha, Nebraska.[14]

Reida Apartments, Omaha, Nebraska.[14]

Crosby Carlson Meyer Mortuary, Omaha, Nebraska.[14]


a. The Business Sections of the Omaha City Directory give the dates,1926-1945.[8]

b. First Omaha directory listing, 1929.

c. A notice, citing Sessinghaus as the architect for this project, was published in the Real Estate section of the Omaha World-Herald newspaper during the year recorded as the construction date for this entry. (Patrick Thompson, architectural historian, Restoration Exchange Omaha, to D. Murphy, email communication, April 21, 2016.)

d. Last Omaha business directory listing, 1969.

e. Teig & Johnson, architects-of-record; Edward J. Sessinghaus, design architect.[17][18]

f. According to the World-Herald article, the house was one "of the most unusual designs seen recently in Omaha, ... a modern ranch type home ... planned with an eye to the curving street on which it is built." Another unique feature was the inclusion of a lanai, an "all-purpose room enclosed with glass and separated from the living room by a glass partition."[19]


1. “New Holy Name Church and School,” Omaha World Herald (September 25, 1927) [from W.P.A. index].

2. The True Voice (October 21, 1927), 1. [church dedication]

3. Plans on microfilm, City of Omaha, reel 20#9 (1926).

4. Landmarks, Inc., An Inventory of Historic Omaha Buildings (Omaha: Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission, 1980).

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

6. AIA Historical Directory of American Architects: A Resource Guide to Finding Information About Past Architects, accessed July 20, 2010, http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/ahd1040391.aspx

7. “Sessinghaus-Edward J,” Omaha World-Herald (May 29, 1981), 34:2.

8. “A Comprehensive Program for Historic Preservation in Omaha,” (Omaha: Omaha City Planning Department, 1980), 92-93 (Omaha Directories, Business Section listings).

9. “Professional license results for Edward J. Sessinghaus,” State of Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects website, accessed September 3, 2013, http://www.ea.ne.gov/search/search.php?page=details&lic=A118

10. Number: 508-24-7077; Issue State: Nebraska; Issue Date: Before 1951; Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2011.

11. "Omaha's Newest Apartment Open to Public Today," Omaha World-Herald (December 13, 1931): 6-D.

12. "New Home in Loveland Harmonizes with Landscape - Other Recent Deals," Omaha World-Herald (February 17, 1935): page 6-D.

13. "Calling All AIA Nebraska's Presidents," The Oculus: Bimonthly Newsletter of AIA Nebraska 2001:4 (July-August 2001): [4]. Accessed March 20, 2016. http://www.aiane.org/downloads/ne-architect/2001/01July_Aug.pdf

14. "Edward J. Sessinghaus," Application for Registration to Practice Professional Engineering or Architecture (January 2, 1940). State of Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects.

15. “Happy Hollow’s New Addition,” (Adv) Omaha World-Herald (October 8, 1922): 15.

16. “Deaths and Funerals,” Omaha World-Herald (May 30, 1981): 32.

17. “Danish Open House Next Saturday,” Omaha World-Herald (September 10, 1967): 7-B.

18. Danish Brotherhood of America, Board Meeting Minutes. (September 21, 1965): 33.

19. "Home Boasts New Design: Glass Enclosed Room Unusual Feature," Sunday World-Herald (September 12, 1948): 4-F.

20. “Lincolnites Win Concrete Masonry House Plan Competition,” Lincoln Journal Star (September 6, 1953), 5A.

21. Jeff Barnes, 150@150: Nebraska's Landmark Buildings at the State's Sesquicentennial (Architectural Foundation of Nebraska, 2017).


Compilation of this page has benefited from substantial research contributions submitted by Patrick Thompson, architectural historian, Restoration Exchange Omaha, various dates between April 20 and April 23, 2016.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Edward J. Sessinghaus (1892-1981), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, June 11, 2016. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, May 30, 2020.

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