Franklin Nesseth Bunker (1924-1987), Architect

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Des Moines, Iowa, 1968-1970; Grand Island, 1954-1955; Kearney, 1955-1958; and Lincoln, Nebraska, 1974-1976


Franklin Nesseth Bunker was born in Menominee, Wisconsin on October 14, 1924.[2] He earned his Bachelor's of Architecture from the University of Nebraska in 1950, at the age of 25.[2] Bunker joined the AIA in 1957, and was a member and then Chairman of the Capitol Planning Commission in Des Moines, Iowa from 1963-1969.[2] Additionally, Bunker served as Chairman of the Government Building Code Committee from 1967-1968, and finished his impressive career as Vice Chairman of the National Council of States for Codes and Standards in Washington, D.C.[2]

AIA was notified of Bunker's death on January 7, 1988.[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

Grand Island, Nebraska, 1954

Kearney, Nebraska, 1955-1956

Lincoln, Nebraska, 1974-1976

Educational & Professional Associations

1942-1945: United States Military.[2]

1954-1955: architect, Grand Island, Nebraska.

1956-1958: architect, Helleberg & Helleberg, Architects, Kearney, Nebraska.

1959-1961: assistant architect, State of Iowa.[2]

1961-1968: architect, State of Iowa.[2]

1968-1970: architect, Emery, Prall & Associates, Des Moines, Iowa.[2]

1974-1976: architect, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Buildings & Projects

Iowa Security Medical Facility (1969), Iowa City, Iowa.[2][a]

Children’s Hospital Mental Health Institute (1969), Independence, Nebraska.[2]

Iowa State Penitentiary Recreation-Activities Bldg (1969), Ft. Madison, Iowa.[2]

Notes

a. In association with Dane Morgan & Associates, Architects.[2]

References

1. “Franklin Nesseth Bunker,” AIA Historical Directory of American Architects: A Resource Guide to Finding Information About Past Architects, accessed April 13, 2010, http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/ahd1005867.aspx

2. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory, Third Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1970), 120, accessed April 4, 2010, http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/1970%20American%20Architects%20Directory.aspx

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Franklin Nesseth Bunker (1924-1987), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, September 16, 2014. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, October 14, 2019.


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