Frances Mary Schepp Wilkie (1904-1986), Architect

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1929-1980
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Frances M. Schepp Wilkie, 1927.

DBA: Frances M. Wilkie; Mrs. Leslie Wilkie

Frances Mary Schepp Wilkie was born on May 27, 1904 in Manhattan, Kansas to cattle ranchers Anna and Albert Schepp. She was the first female architecture graduate of Kansas State University in 1928.[1][5] At that time, female architects were not allowed to go out into the field in survey class.[1][5] In 1929, she married fellow student and architect Leslie E. Wilkie in Tulsa, Oklahoma.[1][5] In that year, she began working as an architect in Omaha, designing over 6000 homes by 1978. Wilkie died on January 28, 1986.[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

Omaha, Nebraska, 1953-1956

Educational & Professional Associations

1928: Architecture degree, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas.[1][5]

1929-1980: Frances M. Wilkie, Architect, Omaha, Nebraska.

Buildings & Projects

House for Richard A. Grest (1949), 1302 N 54th St, Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

House for Mr. and Mrs. Matthew R. Dorman (1951), 701 Hackberry Road, Omaha, Nebraska.[3]

House for Harold Slosburg (1953), 404 J. E. George Boulevard, Omaha, Nebraska.[4]



1. “Woman Architect Hits 'Lack of Faith',” Omaha World-Herald (November 2, 1937), 4.

2. “Six-Room House Sold for $23,750,” Omaha World-Herald (November 13, 1949). 8F.

3. “Dual Aspect in New Home: Beauty, Usefulness Are Combined,” Omaha World-Herald September 2, 1951), 7F.

4. “‘Family Room’ Helps Give Home Comfort,” Omaha World-Herald (August 23, 1953), 4F.

5. “Houses Feminine, Says ‘Pioneer,” Omaha World-Herald (December 3, 1978), 6E.

6. "Frances Mary Schepp Wilkie," Ancestry Leece Family Tree Accessed on October 25 , 2018 via

Page Citation

L. Allen, “Frances Mary Schepp Wilkie (1904-1986), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, October 25, 2018. Accessed, August 11, 2022.

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