George Washington Burkhead (1858-1931), Architect
DBA: G.W. Burkhead or Geo. W. Burkhead
George Washington Burkhead was born on November 26, 1858 in Urbana, Iowa. his parents were John W. and Elizabeth Amanda (Ferguson). He began his career as a builder, then opened an architectural office in Sioux City in the 1890s. He practiced in Sioux City the rest of his life, designing buildings there and in nearby Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota communities. Burkhead was married to Clara Lee, with whom he had two daughters, Myrtle and Mary, and a son, George M. He was later married to Adyline Trumbaur (elsewhere mistaken as Angeline), and had two daughters, Ruth and Naomi, and a son, Gerald W. In 1923, he had six employees and did an average of half a million dollars worth of construction work per year. He was active in local civic affairs, and died at his home on May 2, 1931.
Educational & Professional Associations
1893-1900: Burkhead & Reese, Architects, Sioux City, Iowa.
1900-____: G.W. Burkhead, Architect, Sioux City, Iowa.
Buildings & Projects
Residence of Dr. Jim Talcott (1907), Crofton, Nebraska.
Remodel of residence for Andrew Ring (1907), Hawarden, Iowa.
Residence for A. Weinhandt (1907), Emerson, Nebraska.
Residence for J.A. Langan (1907), 1415 Summit Ave., Sioux City, Iowa.
Field-Carnegie Library (1908) Odebolt, Iowa.
Burkehead house (1913), Sioux City, Iowa.
First National Bank (n.d.), Randolph, Nebraska.
Masonic Temple (n.d.), Emerson, Nebraska.
a. Local sources list only “Burkhead, Sioux City, Iowa.”
1. State Library Commission files.
2. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
3. 1920 United States Census, s.v. “George W. Burkhead,” Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa, accessed through "HeritageQuestOnline.com".
4. Entry in Henry F. Withey, and Elsie Rathburn Withey, Biographical Dictionary of American Architects (Deceased) (Los Angeles: New Age Publishing Company, 1956); (Facsimile edition, Hennessey & Ingalls, Inc., 1970), 95.
5. “George Washington Burkhead,” FindAGrave.com January 14, 2008, accessed December 15, 2016. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=23958337
6. “Sioux City,” The Improvement Bulletin (May 18, 1907), 20. Accessed through Google Books on December 15, 2016. https://books.google.com/books?id=jDpFAQAAMAAJ&lpg=RA4-PA46&ots=A75ZiWZaro&dq=george%20w%20burkhead%20architect&pg=RA4-PA46#v=onepage&q=george%20w%20burkhead%20architect&f=false
7. “George W. Burkhead,” Three Quarters of a Century of Progress 1848-1943 (1923), 175-185. Accessed through Ancestry.com on December 15, 2016. http://freepages.books.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cooverfamily/siouxcity/sioux_26.htm#burkhead
8. “Library News of the State,” Quarterly of the Iowa Library Commission Vol. 5 (Des Moines, Iowa: 1905-1908), 30. Accessed through Google Books on December 15, 2016. https://books.google.com/books?id=XCAwAQAAIAAJ&lpg=PA30&ots=iSOvC6M9k3&dq=george%20w%20burkhead%20architect%20carnegie&pg=PA30#v=onepage&q=george%20w%20burkhead%20architect%20carnegie&f=false
"AIA Historical Directory of American Architects: A Resource Guide to Finding Information About Past Architects", accessed December 14, 2016. http://public.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/ahd3000141.aspx
Sioux City Museum online pdf file, undated and unattributed. Accessed on December 15, 2016. http://www.siouxcitymuseum.org/attachments/article/100/Subject%20List%20-%20Updated%202013-09.pdf
D. Murphy, “George Washington Burkhead (1858-1931), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, September 30, 2014. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, August 8, 2022.
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