George William Frank, Jr. (1861-1905), Architect
George William Frank, Jr. was born in November of 1861 in Warsaw, New York.[e] He was a prominent Kearney businessman and architect. He was the son of Phoebe McNair and George Washington Frank, Sr., also a well-known businessman. The Franks moved to Kearney in 1885. Frank quickly established the Kearney Brick Company, which he claimed was the "first brickyard in the world operated by electricity." The December 22, 1889 edition of the Kearney Enterprise called the company one of the best brick-making establishments in the country.
Frank also began designing the Frank House shortly after his arrival in Kearney. The house was a gift to his parents, designed with an eye toward entertaining the business partners of the father, who was heavily involved in the industrial development of Kearney.
Frank was married, and two children, a son and a daughter. After his health began to decline, he moved around the country to places such as South Carolina and Arizona, hoping a different climate would improve his state. He died January 19, 1905 in Liberty, New York, having enduring several years of poor health, at only 43 years old.
Educational & Professional Associations
1886-1889: George W. Frank, Jr., Architect, Kearney, Nebraska.
ca. 1887: founder, Kearney Brick Company, Kearney, Nebraska.
1889-1891: architect and partner, Frank Bailey & Farmer, Architects, Kearney, Nebraska.
1889-1891: retained Walter Pell Pulis to make presentation drawings.
Buildings & Projects
Kearney City Hall (ca. 1888), Kearney, Nebraska.
b. The architect was Samuel E. des Jardins of Cincinnati, Ohio.
c. According to the 1891 Kearney City Directory, Myron G. Farmer removed to Detroit in 1891.
d. The house was wired with electricity, had three indoor bathrooms, and used steam heat.
e. So to not to be confused; George Frank, Jr. has a different middle name (William) than his father George Frank, Sr. (Washington).
1. American Architect & Building News 754 (March 22, 1890), drawing by Walter Pell Pulis, Architect.
2. American Architect & Building News 24:666 (September 29, 1888).
3. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
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D. Murphy, “George William Frank, Jr. (1861-1905), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, February 27, 2018. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, September 26, 2020.
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