Harry Elmer Messick (1888-1963), Architect

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1925-1962
Harry Messick, ca. 1938.

Harry Elmer Messick was born April 6, 1888. He worked, at times, as an architect, and, at others, as an engineer. He was affiliated with several difference companies and firms, ranging from smaller architectural practices such as William E. Stockham, Architect to larger operations such as Offutt Air Force Base. Messick was married to Iva, with whom he had two sons and a daughter. Messick died in 1963.[2][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, 1938-1963

Educational & Professional Associations

1896-1908: Cambridge Public Schools, Cambridge, Ohio.[2]

1908-1910: architecture student, Ohio State University (no degree), Columbus, Ohio.[2]

1910-1925: employed by architects in various parts of United States.[2]

1925-1927: employed by architects in Omaha and Nebraska.[2]

1928: architect, William E. Stockham, Architect, Omaha, Nebraska.

1928-1931: chief draftsman and superintendent, J. G. McArthur, Architect, Omaha, Nebraska.[2][a]

1932-1937: architectural draftsman, Cudahy Packing Company, Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

1937: house designer, Chicago Lumber Company, Grand Island, Nebraska.[2]

1938: unemployed (July 30, 1938).[2]

1938: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska, November 15, 1938; A-93.[2]

1939-1954: listed variously as an unassociated architect, architectural engineer, or civil engineer, Omaha, Nebraska.

1955-1962: engineer, Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Nebraska.

1963: retired, Omaha, Nebraska.

Buildings & Projects

House (1926), 1468 S. 13th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[1] (DO09:0115-090)

Radcliffe Apartments (1927), 3710-20 Dodge/103-105 N. 38th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[1][2][b] (DO09:0321-028)

Roycroft Apartments (1927), 5017 Underwood Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[2][b]

Bee-Hive Masonic Temple (1928), 2514 I St, Omaha, Nebraska.[2][c]

Paxton Hotel (1928), 1407 Farnam, Omaha, Nebraska[2][e]. (DO09:0123-084)

Social Settlement Building (1929), 5209 S 31st St, Omaha, Nebraska.[2][c]

Store Building (1929-1930), southeast corner 30th & Q St, Omaha, Nebraska.[2][d]

Redick Tower (1930), 1504 Harney, Omaha, Nebraska.[2][e] (DO09:0123-011) National Register narrative


a. The Omaha City Directory listed him as an architect with William E. Stockham in 1928, and as a draftsman for J. G. McArthur in 1929 and 1931.

b. Working as the architect, for the Traver Brothers, Omaha.[2]

c. Working as the architect, for J. B. Watkins, Omaha.[2]

d. Working as the architect, for owner, Stanley Zager, Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

e. Working as chief draftsman and superintendant of construction for Joseph G. McArthur (1888-1934), Architect, Omaha, Nebraska.[2]


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

2. Application for Registration to Practice Professional Engineering and Architecture, Nebraska State Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Architects, July 30, 1938. Nebraska State Historical Society RG081 SG2.

3. “Messick,” Sunday World-Herald (May 5, 1963), 25-D.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Harry Elmer Messick (1888-1963), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, February 17, 2015. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, September 28, 2022.

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