Graham Burnham & Co., Architects

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Chicago, Illinois; and Omaha, Nebraska, 1916


Daniel Hudson Burnham (1846-1912), Architect

Ernest Robert Graham (1868-1936), Architect

Daniel Hudson Burnham, a renowned American architect, moved to Chicago at a young age where he established his lifelong practice.[6] Among his notable works he was chief of construction and director of works for the World’s Coumbian Exposition in Chicago, 1893.[6] He died in Germany in 1912.[6]

Ernest Robert Graham was appointed first assistant at D. H. Burnham & Co. when Daniel Burnham assumed duties associated with the World's Columbian Exposition.[5][6] He soon became a partner in the firm.[5][6] Upon Burnham’s death in 1912, Graham was added to the firm name.[5][6] That firm was succeeded by Graham, Anderson, Probst & White in 1917.[5][6]

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, 1916

Lineage of the Firm

1873-1891: Burnham & Root, Architects, Chicago, Illinois.

1891-1912: D. H. Burnham Company, Architects, Chicago, Illinois.

1912-1917: Graham Burnham & Co., Architects, Chicago, Illinois.

1917-2000: Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, Architects, Chicago, Illinois.

Buildings & Projects

First National Bank (1916-1917), 1601-05 Farnam, Omaha, Nebraska.[1][2] (DO09:0124-016) National Register narrative [7]


1. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

2. City of Omaha Planning Department, Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission, Database, Query on Architects, May 20, 2002; courtesy of Lynn Meyer, Preservation Planner.

3. A. M. Rebori, "The Work of Burnham & Root," Architectural Record (1915), 38.

4. Peter B. Wight, “Daniel Hudson Burnham and his Associates,” Architectural Record 38:1 (July 1915).

5. Henry F. Withey and E. H. Withey, Biographical Dictionary of American Architects (Deceased) (Los Angeles: Hennessey & Ingalls, Inc., 1970).

6. “Brief Biographies of American Architects Who Died Between 1897 and 1947,” Transcribed from the American Art Annual by Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. accessed through the Society of Architectural Historians website, September 14, 2011,

7. David, A.C., “The Building of the First National Bank of Chicago,” Architectural Record (January 1906), 48-58.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Graham Burnham & Co., Architects,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, December 18, 2014. Accessed, April 1, 2020.

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