Fiske & Miller, Architects

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Lincoln, Nebraska, 1913-1914

Partners:

Ferdinand C. Fiske, Lincoln, Nebraska

Jesse B. Miller, Lincoln, Nebraska

Fiske & Miller was a short-lived but productive Lincoln partnership that operated from 1913 to 1914, following seven years in which Miller had been a draftsman in Fiske's Lincoln office. It was succeeded by Fiske & Meginnis, Architects and by a period of independent practice by Jesse Miller.

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

Lincoln, Nebraska, 1913-1914

Lineage of the Firm

1888-1889: Fiske & Peters, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1900-1910: Dieman & Fiske, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

1902-1904: Fiske, Dieman & Meginnis, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1902-1910: Fiske & Dieman, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1913-1914: Fiske & Miller, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.[9][10][a]

1915-1924: Fiske & Meginnis, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.[11]

1925: Fiske, Meginnis & Schaumberg, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Buildings & Projects

Dated

City National Bank (1913-1914), York, Nebraska.[2][3][11]

First National Bank of York (c. 1914), York, Nebraska.[11]

W. E. Chapin house (1913), 1979 D St, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][4] (LC13:D07-044)

Henry H. Wilson house (1913), 1928 E St, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][5] (LC13:D07-0236)

Addition to R. E. Moore house (1913), northwest corner of 18th & E, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

H. Hoffman House (1913), 1016 S. 8th, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1] (LC13:C07-214)

Brick garage for A. G. Fielding (1913), 128-140 S. 15th St./1508-1510 N Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[17]

Mrs. Reimers' bungalow (1913), 2201 B St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[8][18] (LC13:D07-0614)

Remodel brick store for A. M. Davis & Mrs. Flora Hartley (1913), 1125-1131 Q Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[19]

Four-story brick building for Lee Broom & Duster Company (1913), 1004 N. 21st Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[20]

Two-story brick building for A. L. Shader (1914), 1505-1507 Q Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[21]

John T. & Susie Johnson House (1914), 1519 E St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[12] (LC13:D07-0097)

N. C. Rogers house (1914), 2145 B St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][7][11] (LC13:D07-613)

Senator Elmer J. Burkett house (1914), 1944 B St, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][11][22][24] (LC13:D07-055)

E.G. Baxter House (1914), 1250 S. 24th, Lincoln, Nebraska. (LC13:D07-0683)

Miller Winship Building (1914), 852 S. 27th, Lincoln, Nebraska (LC13:E07-176)

A. L. Shader House (1914), 3001 Q Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[11][13][16][25][b] (LC13:E09-574)

Remodeling house into apartments for Mrs. Irene Thompson (1914), 521 South 14th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[25]

E. G. Spencer house (1914), Talmage, Nebraska.[26]

Central National Life Insurance Company (1914, remodel of existing Hertzog Building), southwest corner of S. 15th & N Streets, Lincoln, Nebraska.[11][14][15][28][b]

Auto School building for A. L. Shader (1914), 3101 O Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[23][b]

Notes

a. A small notice in the Lincoln Daily News of September 7, 1914 announced "The co-partnership heretofore existing between Ferd C. Fiske and Jesse B. Miller under the firm name of Fiske and Miller, architects, is hereby dissolved by mutual consent. The said Ferd C. Fiske continuing the business in same office in Bankers' Life Ins. building, who assumes all liabilities and will collect all accounts due the firm." American Contractor carried a similar notice on September 12, 1914, with the added mention that "Jesse B. Miller has opened an office at 426 Little bldg., Lincoln, Neb. Mr. Miller desires catalogs and samples." Miller recalled several years later in Who's Who in Lincoln of 1928 that the partnership continued until 1915, but the more closely contemporary source is more credible. Fiske announced the "New Firm" of Fiske & Meginnis in January, 1915, listing several projects recently completed, including several dating from the period of the Fiske & Miller partnership.[9][10][11][]

b. Although the announcement of the dissolution of the Fiske & Miller partnership is direct and carries a date of September 1914, the attribution of projects in late 1914 to Fiske & Miller or to F. C. Fiske operating independently is less clear-cut. The Shader house at 30th & Q Streets was noted in American Contractor at least as early as April, 1914, yet its permit was not issued until more than a month after the announcement of the partnership' termination, and still listed "Fiske & Miller" as the architects. On the other hand, the Shader Auto School permit issued later in October, and the permit for the Central Life Insurance project of late 1914, mention only Fiske.[13][15[23][25]

References

1. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing property with the Mount Emerald and Capitol Additions Historic District. SEE National Register narrative.

2. Thomas Lee Kaspar, comp. Inventory of architectural records in the archives of Davis Fenton Stange Darling, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska. 1996. Nebraska State Historical Society, RG3748, Box 16.

3. "City National Bank, York Nebraska - Photos Then and Now on Waymarking.com," http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM721X_City_National_Bank_York_Nebraska Accessed February 7, 2017.

4. City of Lincoln Building Permit 5011, issued May 1, 1913. Estimated cost of construction, $10,000. Architect on application: Fiske & Miller.

5. City of Lincoln Building Permit 5012, issued May 1, 1913. Estimated cost of construction, $10,000. Architect on application: Fiske & Miller.

6. City of Lincoln Building Permit 5061, issued May 27, 1913. Estimated cost of construction, $3,300. Architect on application: Fiske.

7. City of Lincoln Building Permit 5467, issued April 11, 1914. Estimated cost of construction, $20,300. Architect: Fiske & Miller.

8. City of Lincoln Building Permit 5114, issued 1913. Estimated cost of construction, $5,500. Concrete construction.

9. "Miscellaneous" notice (announcing dissolution of Fiske & Miller partnership) in Lincoln Daily News (September 7, 1914), 15.

10. Sara Mullin Baldwin, ed., Who's Who in Lincoln (Lincoln, Nebraska: Robert M. Baldwin, 1928), 157.

11. "New Firm" (announcement of partnership of Fiske & Meginnis), Lincoln Daily News(January 4, 1915), 2; including list of a dozen recent projects by Fiske and Fiske partnerships.

12. City of Lincoln Building Permit 5522, issued May 2, 1914. Estimated cost of construction, $6,000. Contractor: Wunion Realty & Construction Co. (Loyd A. Winship, pres.); architect: Miller Winship Investment Co. (A. W. Miller, Pres.; L. A. Winship, sec./treas.)

13. City of Lincoln Building Permit 5762, issued October 17, 1914. Estimated cost of construction, $6,000. Architect: Fiske & Miller (listed on Building Permit application).

14. The American Contractor (August 15, 1914), 80.

15. City of Lincoln Building Permit 5774, issued October 30, 1914. Estimated cost of construction, $9,000. Architect: Ferd. C. Fiske.

16. Photo and floor plan for Shader house at 3001 Q St., Lincoln, captioned "Resident Plan, Fiske & Meginnis, Lincoln, Neb.," Sunday State Journal (Lincoln, Nebraska) (July 18, 1915).

17. City of Lincoln Building Permit 5189, issued August 19, 1913. Estimated cost of construction: $7,500. Architect: F. C. Fiske.

18. "A Striking Cement Stone Bungalow," (Lincoln, Nebraska) Sunday State Journal (September 12, 1915).

19. City of Lincoln Building Permit 5265, issued October 8, 1913. Estimated cost of construction: $12,522. Architect: Fiske & Miller.

20. City of Lincoln Building Permit 5325, issued November 4, 1913. Estimated cost of construction: $11,000. Architect: Fiske & Miller.

21. City of Lincoln Building Permit 5353, issued January 6, 1914. Estimated cost of construction: $12,000. Architect: Fiske & Miller.

22. City of Lincoln Building Permit 5462, issued April 9, 1914. Estimated cost of construction: $20,000. Architect: Fiske & Miller.

23. City of Lincoln Building Permit 5790, issued November 14, 1914. Estimated cost of construction: $6,000. Architect: F. C. Fisk.

24. Eight photos (exterior and interior) and extensive description of Burkett House, (Lincoln, Nebraska) Sunday State Journal (June 13, 1915).

25. American Contractor (April 15, 1914), 81.

26. American Contractor (April 4, 1914), 117. Estimated cost: $3,000.

27. American Contractor (September 12, 1914), 76.

28. Illustrated as "New Building Central National Life Insurance Company, Lincoln, Neb.," (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (January 3, 1915), 8-B.

Page Citation

E. F. Zimmer and D. Murphy, “Fiske & Miller, Architects,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, March 10, 2020. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, May 24, 2020.


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