Francis Tunica (ca. 1833- ), Architect and Landscape Architect

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1884-1889

Francis Tunica was born in Brunswick, Germany, circa 1833. He began his architectural and landscape engineering profession in the 1850s. During that time he planned and laid out the principal parks in St. Louis, Missouri. During the war, Tunica was Captain of Engineers and worked for four years as an engineer for the Union Pacific Railroad. He then came to Omaha, Nebraska, ca. 1885. His specialty was in park architecture in the modern Italian style known as Lombardo-Venetian. Regarding his personal life, Tunica was married to Louisa, and he had three children.[1][4]

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, 1886-1889

Educational & Professional Associations

1861: Engineer Regiment of the West, Union Army, St. Louis, Missouri.[6]

1866: architect, St. Louis, Missouri.[5]

1880: architect, St. Louis, Missouri.[4]

1881: architect, St. Louis, Missouri.[3]

1884-1885: draftsman, Engineer’s Office UPRR, Omaha, Nebraska.[b]

1886-1889: architect, 12th Withnell Blk, Omaha, Nebraska.[c]

Buildings & Projects

Seymour Park (n.d.), Omaha, Nebraska.[1]

Clark's Park (n.d.), Omaha Nebraska.[1]

Private park for Mr. Richardson (n.d.), Omaha, Nebraska.[1]


a. The Business Sections of the Omaha City Directory gives the dates,1886-1888.[2]

b. First Omaha directory listing, 1884.

c. Last Omaha directory listing, 1889.


1. The (Omaha) Herald (January 1, 1887).

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

3. St. Louis City Directory, 1881.

4. 1880 United States Census, s.v. “Francis Tunica,” Saint Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, accessed through

5. St. Louis City Directory, 1866.

6. National Park Service. U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007. Accessed through

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Francis Tunica (ca. 1833- ), Architect and Landscape Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, April 28, 2015. Accessed, August 19, 2022.

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