Golden Joseph Zenon, Jr. (1929-2006), Architect

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1955-1997

Golden J. Zenon, Jr. was born on March 13, 1929, and grew up in Abbeville, Louisiana. He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1955, whereupon he went to work for Leo A. Daly Company in Omaha. Zenon began his own practice, Zenon Beringer Architects, in Omaha, in 1976. Zenon retired from practice in the mid-1990s and died on December 27, 2006.[1][3]

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.

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Omaha, Nebraska, 1963-1976

Educational & Professional Associations

1955-1968: architect, Leo A. Daly Company, Omaha, Nebraska.[1][a]

1962: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska, A-558; December 15, 1962.[[#References|4]

1969-1976: architect, Dana Larson Roubal Associates, Omaha, Nebraska.[1]

1977: not listed, Omaha, Nebraska.

1978-1992: partner, Zenon Beringer Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.[1]

1986: Fellow, American Institute of Architects.[1]

1989-1993: president, Zenon Pharmacy, Omaha, Nebraska

1993-1998: partner, Zenon Beringer Mabrey Partners, Inc., Omaha, Nebraska.[1]

1994: License expired December 31, 1994.[[#References|4]

1999: no occupation listed, Omaha, Nebraska.

Buildings & Projects

University of Nebraska at Omaha Strauss Performing Arts Building (1973), Omaha, Nebraska.[1][6:114]

Swanson Branch Library (n.d.), Omaha, Nebraska.[1][5][b]

College of Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center (n.d.), Omaha, Nebraska.[1][5]

Father Flanagan High School, 2606 Hamilton (n.d.), Omaha, Nebraska.[1][c]


a. First Omaha, Nebraska, listing, 1955.

b. Designer.[1][5]

c. Omaha Boys & Girls Club.[1]

d. Registered Professional Architect, State of Nebraska.


1. “Architect Zenon made mark in Omaha,” AIA NE Update LII (January 5, 2007), accessed September 26, 2008, <>

2. AIA Historical Directory of American Architects: A Resource Guide to Finding Information About Past Architects, accessed August 17, 2010,

3. Social Security Death Index online;

4. State of Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects website, Professional license results for Golden Joseph Zenon, Jr., accessed October 1, 2013,

5. Erin Grace, “He Blazed A Trail in Red Bricks and Blueprints,” Omaha World Herald (February 21, 2014), 2A-2B.

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

Additional Sources

Entry in Dreck Spurlock Wilson, ed., African American Architects: A Biographical Dictionary 1865-1945 (New York: Routledge, 2004).[2]

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Golden Joseph Zenon, Jr. (1929-2006), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, April 9, 2015. Accessed, February 27, 2021.

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