Harvey C. Peterson (1898-1984), Architect

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1920-1940
Harvey Peterson, ca. 1938.

Harvey C. Peterson was born January 28, 1898 to Ane Hansdatter and August Peterson in Chicago.[4] He completed his education in Chicago and started out his career there as well, under the tutelage of several area architects. He then worked for firms in Omaha; Casper, Wyoming; and Clinton, Iowa before settling in Omaha, where he practiced his profession independently. Harvey Peterson died on December 20, 1984.[3][4][d]

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.

St. Paul M. E. Church, 1932 (Lynn Meyer)

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Omaha, Nebraska, 1920, 1925-1926, 1928-1929, 1931-1940

Educational & Professional Associations

1904-1912: Nash Grammar School, Chicago, Illinois.[3]

1912-1913: Austin High School, Chicago, Illinois.[3]

1913-1914: Night School, Chicago Technical College, Chicago, Illinois.[3]

1913-1914: office work and training, Robert M. Hyde, Architect, Chicago, Illinois.[3]

1914: detailing, Joseph G. Ludgin, Architect, Chicago, Illinois.[3]

1915: plans and specifications, Hawthorne Cement Products, Cicero, Illinois.[3]

1915-1916: plans and specifications, Thomas R. Bishop, Architect, Chicago, Illinois.[3]

1916-1917: plans and specifications, Frank M. Pray, Architect, Chicago, Illinois.[3]

1917-1920: plans and specifications, E. S. Dodds, Omaha, Nebraska.[3]

1918: plans, specifications and estimating, Larsen and Jurgensen Construction, Casper, Wyoming.[3]

1918-1919: draftsman, Curtis Companies, Clinton, Iowa.[3]

1920: plans, specifications, contracts, J. H. Craddock & Company, Omaha, Nebraska.[3]

1920: private practice, Nebraska and western Iowa.[3]

1929-1932: architect, 418 Bankers Reserve Life Building, Omaha, Nebraska.

1933-1934: architect, 604 Union State Bank, Omaha, Nebraska.

1935-1939: supervisor, HOLC, Omaha, Nebraska.

1938: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska, August 29, 1938; A-74.[3]

1940: architect, 554 Omaha National Bank Building, Omaha, Nebraska.[c]

Buildings & Projects


Building (1922), 614 N. 18th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[2] (DO09:0128-053)

Rowhouse (1922), 630-32 N. 33rd St., Omaha, Nebraska.[2] (DO09:0214-009)

Rowhouse (1922), 3305-07 Webster St., Omaha, Nebraska.[2] (DO09:0214-023)

Building (1922), 4120-22 S. 13th Street, Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

Omaha Wholesale Florists (1928), 2564 Harney St., Omaha, Nebraska.[2] (DO09:0209-039)

Commercial Building (1929), 1718 Jackson St., Omaha, Nebraska.[2] (DO09:0122-065)

St. Paul M. E. Church (1932), 54th and Corby, Omaha, Nebraska.[3][a]

Building (1939), 1108 Capitol Ave., Omaha, Nebraska.[2][b] (DO09:0125-027)


Addition to Logan Fontanelle Homes (n.d.), Omaha, Nebraska.[1]

Trinity Lutheran Church (n.d.), 30th and Redick Streets, Omaha, Nebraska.[3][a]

First Lutheran Church (n.d.), 31st and Jackson, Omaha, Nebraska.[3][a]

Girl’s Dormitory (n.d.), Luther College, Wahoo, Nebraska.[3][a]

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (n.d.), Bancroft, Nebraska.[3][a]

Immanuel Deaconess Institiute (n.d.), 34th and Fowler, Omaha, Nebraska.[3][a]

Christian Orphans Home (n.d.), Holdrege, Nebraska.[3][a]

Hahn’s Garage (n.d.), 6th and D Street, Fremont, Nebraska.[3][a]

Bethphage Mission (n.d.), Axtell, Nebraska.[3][a]

Covenant Hospital Addition (n.d.), 24th and Pratt, Omaha, Nebraska.[3][a]

St. John’s Episcopal Church (n.d.), 30th and Belvedere Blvd., Omaha, Nebraska.[3][a]

Thiessen Pickle Company (n.d.), 24th and Spring Street, Omaha, Nebraska.[3][a]

Omaha Packing Company (various additions) (n.d.), 38th and M Street, Omaha, Nebraska.[3][a]

John Day Rubber and Supply Company (n.d.), 10th and Harney, Omaha, Nebraska.[3][a]

Garage Building (n.d.), 20th and Dodge, Omaha, Nebraska.[3][a]

Latter Day Saints Church (n.d.), 38th and Burt, Omaha, Nebraska.[3][a]

St. Paul Lutheran Church, Millard (n.d.), Nebraska.[3][a]

St. John’s Lutheran Church (n.d.), Essex, Iowa.[3][a]

Rocho Bakery (n.d.), 2820 Harney, Omaha, Nebraska.[3][a]

Apartment Building (n.d.), 35th and Harney, Omaha, Nebraska.[3][a]

Service Building (n.d.), 18th and St. Mary, Omaha, Nebraska.[3][a]

Morse M.E. Church (n.d.), Rushville, Nebraska.[3][a]

N.P. Swanson Chapel and Mortuary (n.d.), 3205 Harney, Omaha, Nebraska.[3][a]

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (n.d.), Scribner, Nebraska.[3][a]

Trinity Lutheran Church (n.d.), Fremont, Nebraska.[3][a]


a. Designed and supervised construction 1920-1938.[3]

b. Listed under Peterson in Omaha Architects Database.

c. Last Omaha directory listing, 1940.


1. "Housing in Omaha, Nebraska 1939-40: So. Side Terrace & Logan Fontanelle Homes Add'n," Omaha Housing Authority Annual Report. (Filed Nebraska State Historical Society Collections Department)

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

3. Application for Registration to Practice Professional Engineering and Architecture, Nebraska State Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Architects, April 11, 1938. Nebraska State Historical Society RG081 SG2.

4. "Harvey C. Peterson" FindaGrave.com Accessed December 18, 2018 via https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/90013638

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Harvey C. Peterson (1898-1984), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, December 18, 2018. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, August 13, 2022.

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