Franklin Merion Tarbell Mooberry (1897-1984), Architect

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1939-1972

Franklin Merion Mooberry was born in Peoria, Illinois on December 18, 1897. He attended the Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in 1920. He continued his education by getting his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1926. Mooberry had extensive foreign travel, which included destinations such as France. Morocco, Spain, Belgium, England, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, & Italy. He married in 1945, going on to have two children. Mooberry was a member of the AIA and was the President of the Nebraska Architects Association in 1946 and 1947. His public service included the 1954, “Centennial Exhibit of Residential Architecture In Nebraska,” for the Joslyn Art Museum. Mooberry died on October 30, 1984. [1][2][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, 1939-1973

Educational & Professional Associations

1920-1922: draftsman, Fiske & Meginnis, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.[5]

1924: Bachelor of Arts, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Nebraska.[2][5]

1924-1926: draftsman, Edmund B. Gilchrist, Architect, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[2][5]

1926: Bachelor of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[2][5]

1926-1928: draftsman, Tilden, Register & Pepper, Architects, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[2][5]

1929: designer, Professor Hendrick Anderson, Rome, Italy.[5]

1929-1930: draftsman, Tilden, Register & Pepper, Architects, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[5]

1934: draftsman, Historic American Buildings Survey in Nebraska.[4]

1934-1935: draftsman, Tilden, Register & Pepper, Architects, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[5]

1935-1936: draftsman, Housing Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.[5]

1936-1938: draftsman, George B. Prinz, Architect, Omaha, Nebraska.[5]

1938-1939: designer-draftsman, George Grabe, Architect, Fremont, Nebraska.[5]

1939: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska, A-112; October 17, 1939.[3]

1939-1942: designer-draftsman, George B. Prinz, Architect, Omaha, Nebraska.[5]

1942-1944: draftsman-estimator, war projects, Peter Kiewit Sons Co., Omaha, Nebraska.[5]

1944: designer-draftsman, George B. Prinz, Architect, Nebraska.[5]

1945-1969: F. Merion T. Mooberry, Architect, Omaha, Nebraska.[2][5]

1970-1973: retired, Omaha, Nebraska.[b]

Buildings & Projects

Massey-Harrle Company, Inc (1947-1948), Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

John A. Kovar Residence (1949), Missouri Valley, Iowa.[2]

Hilltop House (1950), Omaha, Nebraska.,[2]

Florence Presbyterian Church (1950), Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

Methodist Church (1951), Blair, Nebraska.[2]

Peoples State Bank (1951), Missouri Valley, Iowa.[a][2]

Platte Valley State Bank (1953), Kearney, Nebraska.[2]


a. In association with Noel S. Wallace, Architect.[2]

b. Last Omaha City Directory listing, 1973.


1. AIA Historical Directory of American Architects: A Resource Guide to Finding Information About Past Architects, accessed May 25, 2010,

2. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory First Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1956), 387; Second Edition, 1962, 492; Third Edition, 1970, 635; accessed November 19, 2014, “F. Merion T. Mooberry (1897-1984).”

3. “Professional license results for F. Merion T. Mooberry,” State of Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects website, accessed December 17, 2013,

4. See “T. P. Kennard House, 1627 H Street, Lincoln, Lancaster County, NE,” Historic American Buildings Survey, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540, accessed November 19, 2014,

5. American Institute of Architects, Membership file. In The AIA Historical Directory of American Architects, ahd1031128, “F. Merion T. Mooberry (1897-1984).” Accessed November 19, 2014.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Franklin Merion Tarbell Mooberry (1897-1984), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, February 17, 2015. Accessed, May 25, 2020.

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