Harry Willoughby James Edbrooke (1874-1946), Architect

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Chicago, Illinois, 1904-1908; Denver, Colorado, 1908-1946

DBA: H. W. J. Edbrooke

Harry Willoughby James Edbrooke was born July 14, 1874 in Chicago to architect Willoughby J. Edbrooke and Lillian Hortense Puckett Edbrooke. He graduated from the Armour Institute of Technology in 1898, then worked as a draftsman before opening his own firm in 1904. In 1908 he moved to Denver, Colorado to join his uncle, Frank E. Edbrooke, in practice there. He died in Denver July 3, 1946.[1][3][4]

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.

Lowry & Henry Automobile Showroom and Garage, 1920 (Nebraska SHPO)

Educational & Professional Associations

1898: graduate, Armour Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois.[1]

1898-1904: draftsman with architects William K. Fellows and Howard Van Doren Shaw, Chicago Illinois.[1]

1904-1908 architect, Chicago, Illinois.[1]

1908-1913: architect, F. E. Edbrooke & Company, Architects, Denver, Colorado.[1]

1913-1946: architect, Denver, Colorado.[3]

Nebraska Buildings & Projects

Lowry & Henry Automobile Showroom and Garage (1920), 502 Box Butte Ave, Alliance, Nebraska.[2][a] (BX01-232)


a. Note that the National Register narrative, Reference [2], reads as though the second story was part of Edbrooke's original design, whereas we can clearly see Edbrooke's original as a one story brick structure, with a slightly projecting decorative cornice and a wrap-around canopy supported by decorative steel brackets. The framed and plastered second story is a later addition.


1. "Harry Willoughby James Edbrooke," Find A Grave website. Accessed June 18, 2016. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=edbrooke&GSfn=h&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=119421040&df=all&.

2. "Alliance Commercial Historic Distric," National Register of Historic Places Registration Form. (Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, 2007).[a]

3. "Edbrooke, Harry W. J.," Architects of Colorado - Biographical Series. Accessed June 18, 2016. http://www.historycolorado.org/archaeologists/architects-colorado-biographical-series.

4. "Edbrooke," in Henrietta E. Bromwell, comp. COLORADO PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHY INDEX. (Denver, 1931, 1932, 1933). Accessed June 18, 2016. https://history.denverlibrary.org/sites/history/files/BromwellColoradoPortraitandBiographicalIndex.pdf

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Harry Willoughby James Edbrooke (1874-1946), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, June 18, 2016. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, November 29, 2020.

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