George Bernhard Prinz (1864-1946), Architect

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1909-1946
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George Prinz, 1937.


George Bernhard Prinz was born May 24, 1864 in Dayton, Ohio to John and Wilamena Prinz, both from Germany.[14] He received his education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, after which he spent two years studying in Europe. He then joined the J. William Beal firm in Boston. In 1891, he came to Omaha, Nebraska and worked for Thomas Rogers Kimball; then, in 1909, Prinz started his own business. In addition to running his firm, Prinz was also a member of the Omaha City Planning Commission from 1916-1939. Prinz was married to Flora, and he died on November 29, 1946 at the age of 82.[6][11][12][14]

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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Charles Metz house, 1915, Omaha, Nebraska. (Lynn Meyer)

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Omaha, Nebraska, 1909-1918, 1920-1921, 1923, 1925-1926, 1928-1929, 1931-1934, 1936-1940, 1940-1946

Educational & Professional Associations

____: grammar school and private tutor in Mathematics.[12]

____: two-year special course in Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[12]

____: fifteen months travel and study in Europe.[12]

1889-1891: in charge of the office of Mr. J. Williams Beal, Boston, Massachusetts.[12]

1891-1892: chief draftsman, Thomas Rogers Kimball, Architect, Omaha, Nebraska.[12]

1895-1909: chief draftsman, Thomas Rogers Kimball, Architect, Omaha, Nebraska.[12]

1915-1946: architect, Omaha National Bank Building, Omaha, Nebraska.

1916-1939: Omaha City Planning Commission, Omaha, Nebraska.[6]

1937: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska, December 28, 1937; A-6.[12]

1939: retired

Other Associations

1912: employed William M. Nevotti, draftsman.

1913-1915: employed Carl P. Stangel, draftsman.

1915: employed Floyd E. Henzie, superintendent.

1916-1917: employed Bert B. Hene, superintendent of construction.

1929-1932: employed Lowyn J. Prestwich, draftsman.

Buildings & Projects

Dated

Louis C. Nash House (1906), 3807 Burt St., Omaha, Nebraska. (DO09:0323-002)

Glenn C. Wharton House (1909), 604 S. 37th, Omaha, Nebraska.[9][10] (DO09:0317-019)

Brick House (1910), 144 S. 39th, Omaha, Nebraska.[9][10] (DO09:0319-025)

Edington Hotel (1910), 2239 Farnam, Omaha, Nebraska.[8:122][10] (DO09:0124-006)

C. A. Grimmel house (1911), 3716 Pacific, Omaha, Nebraska.[8:154][10] (DO09:0315-012)

Joseph M. Baldridge residence (1911), 141 N 39th St, Omaha, Nebraska.[8:35][10] (DO09:0321-004)

Flatiron Hotel (1911-1914), 1720 St Marys Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[8:170][9][10] (DO09:0122- 002). National Register narrative

L.G. Doup House (1913), 3607 Jackson, Omaha, Nebraska.[9][10] (DO09:0317-014)

J.I. Case Works Building (1913), 814 Jackson, Omaha, Nebraska.[9][10] (DO09:0067-007)

Arthur Metz hse (1914), 3625 Dewey Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[8:113][10] (DO09:0317-005)

Charles Metz house (1915), 3708 Dewey Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[7][8:113][9][10] (DO09:0319-011)

Masonic Temple (1916), 119 S 19th St/1822 Douglas, Omaha, Nebraska.[8:50][10] (DO09:0124-002)

Wilmina Robb Memorial (1916-1918), rural Elwood, Nebraska. (GO00-003)

First Presbyterian Church (1917), 216 S 34th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[1][6][10] (DO09:0210-002)

Sprague Tire & Rubber Co. Building (1918), 914 N 18th St, Omaha, Nebraska.[8:30][10] (DO09:0130-005)

Park Congregational Church (1918) [prelims], 3120 Woolworth Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[13]

First Central Congregational Church (1919-1920), 421 S. 36th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[1][10] (DO09:0210-010)

A.Y. McDonald pipeshed/garage (1919), 1211 Dodge St., Omaha, Nebraska.[10] (DO09:0123-056)

A.Y. McDonald Warehouse (1920), 1201 Dodge St., Omaha, Nebraska.[10] (DO09:0123-057)

O.P.P.D. Building (1920), 1623 Harney St., Omaha, Nebraska.[10] (DO09:0124-050)

Gordon Warehouse (1920), 103 N. 9th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[10] (DO09:0069-001)

Pittsburgh Plate Glass (1920), 1402 Jones, Omaha, Nebraska.[9][10] (DO09:0121-070)

Upper stories addition to the Brandeis Building (1921), Omaha, Nebraska (DO09:2-35)

John A. Swanson House (1921), 418 N. 38th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[10] (DO09:0321-007)

Chicago Lumber Co of Omaha Office (1921), 1324 Pierce, Omaha, Nebraska.[8:161][10] (DO09:0117-011)

Commercial Building (1923), 415 S. 20th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[10] (DO09:0122-017)

Omaha Fire Station (1923), 2201 S. 11th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[10] (DO09:0113-050)

International Harvester Building (1924), 701 S. 15th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[9][10] (DO09:0121-079)

M.U.D. Building (1926), 1723 Harney St., Omaha, Nebraska.[10] (DO09:0124-049)

Livestock Exchange Building (1926), 2900 O Plaza, Omaha, Nebraska.[9][10] (DO09:0183-002) National Register narrative

Brandeis Investment Company Bldg/Natelson’s (1927), 1517 Douglas, Omaha, Nebraska.[8:116][10] (DO09:0123-096)

Omaha Country Club (1927), Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

L. F. Crofoot house (1927), Omaha, Nebraska.[3]

Methodist Hospital (1927), Nurses Home and Training School, Omaha, Nebraska. [4]

J.L. Brandeis & Sons Store, addition or remodel? (1920s), 1615 Douglas St., Omaha, Nebraska.[10] (DO09:0124-009)

Farnam Building (1929), 1606-1617 Farnam, Omaha, Nebraska.[9][10] (DO09:0124-042) National Register narrative

William Herbert and Hattie C. Wheeler House (1929-1930), 210 Fairacres Road, Omaha, Nebraska.[15] (DO09:0545-003)

Renovations (1930), E. L. Bridges House, 215 Fairacres Road, Omaha, Nebraska.16] (DO09:0545-007)

Federal Building (1932), 106 S 15th, Omaha, Nebraska.[8:48][c]

Logan Fontanelle Homes Addition (1939-1940?), Omaha, Nebraska.[5]

Undated

Northwestern Bell Telephone Company Building (n.d.), Omaha, Nebraska.[6]

Woodmen Circle Building (n.d.), Omaha, Nebraska.[6]

George Prinz House (n.d.), 112 S. Elmwood Road, Omaha, Nebraska. (DO09:0543-001)

Notes

a. Last Registered 1946.[12]

b. RG1330.AM Nebraska State Historical Society Archives. Diary, January 1 – August 3, 1892; brief mentions of work done while chief draftsman for Thomas Rogers Kimball in Omaha. See http://nebraskahistory.org/lib-arch/research/manuscripts/family/george-prinz.htm

c. With Kimball, Steele & Sandham, Architects.

References

1. “Omaha has 80,000 Church Members: Where Some of them Worship,” in Omaha Sunday World Herald (November 12, 1922), 2-1.

2. “New Omaha Country Club,” Omaha World Herald (April 10, 1927).

3. Omaha World Herald (October 14, 1927), 8-D. (photo of L. F. Crofoot house design)

4. “New $170,000 Nurses Home and Training School for the Methodist Hospital,” Omaha World Herald (September 25, 1927). (Above references from WPA Index to References, Subject #611)

5. "Housing in Nebraska, 1939-1940: So. Side terrace & Logan Fontanelle Home Addition," City of Omaha Housing Authoirty, filed in Nebraska State Historical Society Collections Department.

6. “George Prinz Dies at Age 82,” Omaha World-Herald (November 30, 1946), 18.

7. City of Omaha Building Permit #616, July 16, 1915.

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

9. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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

11. AIA Historical Directory of American Architects: A Resource Guide to Finding Information About Past Architects, accessed June 15, 2010, http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/ahd1035993.aspx

12. Application for Registration to Practice Professional Engineering and Architecture, Nebraska State Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Architects, November 22, 1937. Nebraska State Historical Society RG081 SG2.

13. 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 January 12, 2012 in Google Books: http://books.google.com/books?id=UCJYAAAAYAAJ&pg=RA10-PA64&lpg=RA10-PA64&dq=f+w+clarke,+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

14. Geo. B. Prinz Death Certificate No. 10352-46.

15. “More Prominent Omahans Buy Land in Fairacres for Their Future Homes,” Omaha World-Herald (August 8, 1928). [Research contributed by Restoration Exchange Omaha, courtesy of Matt Pelz, Fairacres Historic District National Register nomination, June 14, 2017.]

16. “Dr. E.L. Bridges Buys Frank Judson’s Home,” Omaha World-Herald (July 15, 1930). The original house was built in 1907-1908 by Charles S. and Abbie C. Hayward. [Research contributed by Restoration Exchange Omaha, courtesy of Matt Pelz, Fairacres Historic District National Register nomination, June 14, 2017.]

Other Sources

RG1330.AM: George Bernhard Prinz, 1864-1946; Nebraska State Historical Society Archives. Accessed March 5, 2015. http://nebraskahistory.org/lib-arch/research/manuscripts/family/george-prinz.htm

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “George Bernhard Prinz (1864-1946), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, March 5, 2015. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, April 6, 2020.


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