Frederick W. Clarke (ca. 1870- ), Architect

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1901-1934

Frederick W. Clarke appears as an architect in Omaha, Nebraska in 1901. There is some dispute over where he was born, as the 1910 federal census names Louisiana as his birthplace whereas the 1920 federal census names Illinois.[6][7] However, both censuses indicate an approximate birth year of 1870, and in both Clarke is a practicing architect married to Olive.[6][7] He was involved in numerous architectural projects around Omaha, and York, Nebraska.

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.

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Rosewater School, 1909-1910 (D. Murphy)

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Omaha, Nebraska, 1901-1917, 1931-1934

Educational & Professional Associations

1901-1915: architect, Omaha, Nebraska.[b]

1917-1926: architect and partner, Fred W. Clarke & Edwin B. Clarke, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1931-1934: architect, Omaha, Nebraska.

Other Associations

1907: employed M. R. Nippell, architect.

1914: employed William M. Nevotti, draftsman.

Buildings & Projects

F. W. Clarke house (1903), 2120 Wirt, Omaha, Nebraska.[3:179][5] (DO09:0140-049)

Building (1904), 3524 Lafayette Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[5] (DO09:0218-014)

House (1904), 2204 Wirt St, Omaha, Nebraska.[5] (DO09:0140-047)

Hygria-Farmers-Harding Creamery Bldg (1904, 1915, 1925-1926), 802-12 Harney, Omaha, Nebraska.[4] (D009:0068-006)

D. C. Eldridge house (1905), 1709 Park Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[3:160][5] (DO09:0201-011)

Apartment (1906), 817 Park Ave., Omaha, Nebraska.[5] (DO09:0205-101)

Building (1906), 821-823 Park Ave., Omaha, Nebraska.[5] (DO09:0205-102)

House (1906), 3648 Lafayette Ave., Omaha, Nebraska.[5] (DO09:0327-006)

Fairmont Creamery Building (1906), 1201 Jones St., Omaha, Nebraska.[5] (DO09:0121-074)

UPRR Division Office & Commissary Bldg (1907), Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

Building (1907), 3419-23 Dewey Ave., Omaha, Nebraska.[5] (DO09:0208-040)

Marion E. Carpenter house (1907), 502 N. 38th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[5] (DO09:0323-010)

Vinton School (1908), 2120 Deer Park Blvd, Omaha, Nebraska.[5] (DO09:0108-009)

Flat (1908), 314 S. 27th Ave., Omaha, Nebraska.[5] (DO09:0209-025)

Flat (1908), 318 S. 27th Ave., Omaha, Nebraska.[5] (DO09:0209-026)

Rosehill Elementary School (1908), 5605 Corby St., Omaha, Nebraska.[5] (DO09:0446-005)

First Church of Christ Scientist (1909), 565 S. 24th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[3:171][5] (DO09:0122-003)

Rosewater School (1909-1910), 3810 S 13th, Omaha, Nebraska.[5] (DO09:0105-001)

Richardson (New Idea) Building (1910), 908 Jackson St., Omaha, Nebraska.[4][5] (DO09:0121-063)

C. Van Alstine house (1913), 3511 Woolworth Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[3:182][5] (DO09:0202-032)

Clifton Hill Elementary School (1917), 2811 N. 45th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[5] (DO09:0334-002)

Hotel McCloud (1918), SE corner Grant Ave & E 5th, York, Nebraska.[1][a] (YK10-510)

Kitchen Addition to McCloud Hotel (1918), York, Nebraska.[9]

House (1929), 5415 Nicholas St., Omaha, Nebraska.[5] (DO09:0438-183)


a. Another source ([8]) states that this was a kitchen addition, 1918.

b. 1901 is the first listing for Clark in the Omaha city directories.


1. Original drawings in possession of DEVCO, Nancy Arter, Lincoln, Nebraska.

2. March 1, 1907; Drawings on file at Nebraska State Historical Society.

3. Landmarks, Inc., An Inventory of Historic Omaha Buildings (Omaha: City of Omaha, and Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission, 1980).

4. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

5. City of Omaha Planning Department, Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission, Database, Query on Architects, May 20, 2002; courtesy of Lynn Meyer, Preservation Planner.

6. 1910 United States Census, s.v. “Frederick Clarke,” Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, accessed through

7. 1920 United States Census, s.v. “Frederick W. Clarke,” Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, accessed through

8. Catherine Westergaard, email to Nebraska State Historical Society reference services, January 11, 2012, mentions a High School of Commerce (1919), a kitchen addition to the York Hotel (1918), and the Nampa Depot in Idaho as buildings attributed to Clarke.

9. "The American Contractor" (March 23, 1918), 60. (This is a fireproof building of brick, terracotta, and concrete; four stories with a basement, measuring 89 by 139 feet.), accessed through Google Books on January 12, 2012,,+architect,+york+hotel,+nebraska&source=bl&ots=-QV--qNAlx&sig=yQZ--Gvu9ph8VGJ7unfHB-6P9QU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=whYPT97eOov9iQLF9M3fDQ&sqi=2&ved=0CB4Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=f%20w%20clarke%2C%20architect%2C%20york%20hotel%2C%20nebraska&f=false

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Frederick W. Clarke (ca. 1870- ), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, September 11, 2012. Accessed, May 24, 2017.

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