Franklin Nesseth Bunker (1924-1987), Architect

From E Nebraska History
Jump to: navigation, search
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]


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


1. “Franklin Nesseth Bunker,” AIA Historical Directory of American Architects: A Resource Guide to Finding Information About Past Architects, accessed April 13, 2010,

2. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory, Third Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1970), 120, accessed April 4, 2010,

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. Accessed, October 14, 2019.

Contact the Nebraska State Historic Preservation Office with questions or comments concerning this page, including any problems you may have with broken links (see, however, the Disclaimers link at the bottom of this page). Please provide the URL to this page with your inquiry.