Ernst H. Herminghaus (1891-1965), Landscape Architect

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Lincoln, 1916, and Omaha, 1917, Nebraska

Ernst H. Herminghaus was born on December 31, 1891, in Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][a] He graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and then the renowned Harvard School of Landscape Architecture.[1] Herminghaus worked with Wood Brothers in Lincoln, Nebraska, after which he served as the Pioneers Park Superintendent from 1945-1947.[1] During the 1940s and early 1950s, Hrminghaus worked as a site-planner for the Atomic Energy Air bases in Alaska, England & Japan, and as an engineer on the Alcan Highway.[1][6] He died in Connecticut on Sept 20, 1965.[1]

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, 1916

Omaha, Nebraska, 1917

Educational & Professional Associations

(n.d.): graduated from University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

ca. 1915: graduated from Harvard School of landscape architecture.[6][9]

1915: opened first landscape architecture practice in Nebraska.[9]

1945-1947: park superintendent, Pioneers Park, Lincoln, Nebraska. [1][6]

(n.d.): founder & president, Lincoln Symphony Orchestra.[6]

(n.d.): member, Nebraska Art Association.[6]

(n.d.): president, Lincoln Garden Club.[6]

(ca. 1947-1950s): site-planner, Atomic Energy Air bases in Washington, Alaska, England & Japan.[6]

(ca. 1947-1950s): engineer, Alcan Highway.[6]

Buildings & Projects


Antelope Park Extension (ca. 1916), O St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[9][b]

Woodsshire Residential Park (ca. 1920s), High St., 20th St., Calvert St., & 17th St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[8][9]

Earl Campbell Residence (ca. 1920s), 2600 Woodscrest, Lincoln, Nebraska.[9][c]

Don Miller Residence (ca. 1920s), 2536 Woodscrest, Lincoln, Nebraska.[9][c]

Everett Residence (ca. 1920s), 2433 Woodscrest, Lincoln, Nebraska.[9][c]

Residence (ca. 1920s), 2310 Woodscrest, Lincoln, Nebraska.[9][c]

Pioneers Park (ca. 1930s), Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][2][4][5][6][8]

Gardens of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Abbott (ca. 1931), Fremont, Nebraska.[7] [DD05:A-33]

Nebraska State Capitol interior courtyards (1933), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Blanche Peter's Garden (1933-1934), Albion, Nebraska.[9]

15th Street Mall south of Nebraska State Capitol (1935), Lincoln, Nebraska.[9]

Quadrangle at the Antelope Zoo (1936), Lincoln, Nebraska.[9]

Havelock Park (1936), Lincoln, Nebraska.[9]

Playstead in Antelope Park (1936), Lincoln, Nebraska.[9]

Antelope Park (1937), Lincoln, Nebraska.[9]


Pinewood Bowl (n.d.), Pioneers Park, Lincoln, Nebraska.[5]

Rathbone and Woodshire housing additions (n.d.), Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][2][4][6]

“Atomic City” (n.d.), Atomic Energy Works, Hanford, Washington.[6]


a. SSDI lists his birth date as September 31, 1890.[3]

b. This project was completed in partnership with Alan McDonald.[9]

c. Herminghaus collaborated with architect Bruce Hazen for these landscape projects.[9]


1. Elsebert Spencer Kroeger, Herminghaus History and Genealogy (June 1977).

2. “Memorial Rites for Architect,” Lincoln Evening Journal (December 11, 1965), 13:5.


4. Kathryn Cates Moore, “Building on the Past: Architecture in Lincoln Strengthens the fabric of the City,” Lincoln Journal Star (May 23, 2004), 1K.

5. “Japanese And Germans Doing Most to Aid Economy, Herminghaus Says,” Lincoln Star (November 10, 1953), 16:5.

6. “Herminghaus, Designer of Pioneers Park, Dies,” Lincoln Star (September 21, 1965), 1:4.

7. “General Plan of the Gardens of Mr. & Mrs. C.E. Abbott,” American Landscape Architect (October, 1931), 24.

8. “Woodsshire landscapers rediscover the nom de bloom of Herminghaus,” Lincoln Journal (May 21, 1987).

9. Richard K Sutton, "Ernst H Herminghaus, Landscape Architect," Nebraska History 66 (1985): 372- 391. Accessed online November 2, 2016.

Other Sources

Richard K. Sutton, “Ernst H. Herminghaus, Landscape Architect,” Nebraska History 66 (1985), 372-391.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Ernst H. Herminghaus (1891-1965), Landscape Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, January 20, 2015. Accessed, August 8, 2022.

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