George Kuska (1921-2003), Architect

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Lincoln, Nebraska, 1940s; Salinas, California, 1950-1990s

George Kuska was born on August 18, 1921 in Lincoln, Nebraska to parents Nellie McVey and Joseph Kuska.[3][4][5] His family lived in Colby, Kansas while Kuska and his siblings grew up, and Kuska graduated from Colby High School in 1939. He studied architecture at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln until he was drafted for World War II in 1942. He returned to UNL to study architecture in 1945, where as a senior in 1948, he won a university design contest for the Ralph Mueller Tower on the UNL campus.[2][3][4] In June of 1951, Kuska married LoRee Grumbein, and they had 4 children. Kuska moved to Salinas, California around 1951, and for over 50 years, he designed numerous schools, churches, libraries, and other buildings around Central California. George Kuska died on March 25, 2003.[2][3][4][5]

This page is a contribution to the publication, Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. See the Format and contents of Nebraska architect entries page for more information on the compilation and page organization.

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Educational & Professional Associations

1939: graduate, Colby High School, Colby, Kansas.[3]

1939-1941: student, architecture, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Nebraska.[3]

1942-1945: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Corps of Military Police, New Guinea.[3]

1948/1949: BArch, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Nebraska.[3]

1951-2000s: George Kuska, Architect, Salinas, California.

Buildings & Projects

Ralph Mueller Tower (1948-1949), University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][3][4][5]

Prairie Museum of Art & History (1988), Colby, Kansas.[3][4]

Writings & Publications

George Kuska and Barbara Linse, Our Missions Past (Larkspur, CA: Educational Book Distributors, 1984).



1. Jeff Barnes, 150@150: Nebraska's Landmark Buildings at the State's Sesquicentennial (Architectural Foundation of Nebraska, 2017).

2. "Genealogy Report: Descendants of Matej Kolar': 67. George Kuska", Accessed December 12, 2018 via

3. "Deaths: George Kuska", Colby Free Press (April 7, 2003), 3. Accessed December 12, 2018 via

4. "Lomita’s Kuska Museum housed more than 17 tons of historical artifacts" South Bay History Accessed December 12, 2018 via

5. Miloslav Rechcigl Jr., "Architects",Encyclopedia of Bohemian and Czech-American Biography Vol. 2 (AuthorHouse, Nov 10, 2016). Accessed December 12, 2018 via Google Books.

Page Citation

Lydia Allen, “George Kuska (1921-2003), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, December 20, 2018. Accessed, October 15, 2019.

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