George William Frank, Jr. (1861-1905), Architect

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Kearney, Nebraska, 1885-ca. 1891


George William Frank, Jr. was born in November of 1861 in Warsaw, New York.[7][9][e] He was a prominent Kearney businessman and architect.[4] He was the son of Phoebe McNair and George Washington Frank, Sr., also a well-known businessman.[7] The Franks moved to Kearney in 1885.[6] Frank quickly established the Kearney Brick Company, which he claimed was the "first brickyard in the world operated by electricity."[6] The December 22, 1889 edition of the Kearney Enterprise called the company one of the best brick-making establishments in the country.[6]

Frank also began designing the Frank House shortly after his arrival in Kearney.[1][3][6] 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.[7]

Frank was married, and two children, a son and a daughter.[4] 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.[4] He died January 19, 1905 in Liberty, New York, having enduring several years of poor health, at only 43 years old.[4][9]

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

Educational & Professional Associations

1886-1889: George W. Frank, Jr., Architect, Kearney, Nebraska.[2]

ca. 1887: founder, Kearney Brick Company, Kearney, Nebraska.[6]

1889-1891: architect and partner, Frank Bailey & Farmer, Architects, Kearney, Nebraska.

1891: architect and partner, Frank & Bailey, Architects, Kearney, Nebraska.[c]

Other Associations

1889-1891: retained Walter Pell Pulis to make presentation drawings.

Buildings & Projects

Superintendant of construction, Midway Hotel (1886-1888), Kearney, Nebraska.[5][b]

George W. Frank house (1886-1889), Kearney State College, Kearney, Nebraska.[1][3][6][a][d] (BF05-161) National Register narrative

Kearney City Hall (ca. 1888), Kearney, Nebraska.[2]

Notes

a. Architect listed as Frank Bailey & Farmer, after that partnership was formed.[1]

b. The architect was Samuel E. des Jardins of Cincinnati, Ohio.[5]

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.[8]

e. So to not to be confused; George Frank, Jr. has a different middle name (William) than his father George Frank, Sr. (Washington).

References

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.

4. “Geo. W. Frank, Jr., Dead,” Nebraska State Journal (January 22, 1905), 4:2.

5. Margaret Stines Nielsen, “The Hotels of Kearney – Part I,” Buffalo Tales 10:8 (September, 1987), accessed through the Buffalo County Historical Society website, May 17, 2012, http://www.bchs.us/BTales_198709.html

6. Alice Shaneyfelt Howell, “Brickmaking in Kearney,” Buffalo Tales 16:5 (September-October, 1993), accessed through bchs.us on November 5, 2015, http://www.bchs.us/BTales_199309.html

7. “The Frank House,” NebraskaTraveler.com, accessed November 5, 2015, http://nebraskatraveler.com/tourist-attractions/the-frank-house.php

8. “Frank House,” VistiKearney.org, 2013, accessed November 5, 2015, http://visitkearney.org/directory/listing/frank-house/

9. "George William Frank" FinaGrave.com Accessed February 27, 2018 via https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/18638246/fran

10. "George William Frank, Jr" Kulla|Gross|Goldberg|Braunfeld Families Tree-Ancestry.com Accessed February 27, 2018 via https://www.ancestrylibrary.com/family-tree/person/tree/24902430/person/26082398532/facts?ssrc=

Page Citation

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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