Hazen & Robinson, Architects

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Lincoln, Nebraska, 1945-1969


Nathan Bruce Hazen, Lincoln, Nebraska

Marvin L. Robinson, Lincoln, Nebraska

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.

Nelle Cochrane Woods Art Building, 1962-1963 (D. Murphy)

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Lincoln, Nebraska, 1947, 1950-1951, 1953, 1955-1956, 1958-1959, 1960-1965, 1967

Lineage of Associations

1945-1969: Hazen & Robinson, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1970-1971: Aitken, Graf, Hazen, Hoffman & Hull, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1971: Aitken, Graf & Hazen, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1972-1973: Aitken, Hazen, Hoffman & Hull, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1974: Aitken, Hazen, Hoffman & Miller, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1975-1978: Hazen, Hoffman & Miller, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1978-1997: Aitken, Hazen, Hoffman & Miller, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Buildings & Projects

Memorial Chapel, 1949-1952 (D. Murphy)
Administration Annex, 1953-1958 (D. Murphy)
Nelle Cochrane Woods Art Building, 1962-1963 (D. Murphy)
Kimball Recital Hall, 1968-1969 (D. Murphy)

Bess Streeter Aldrich House (1947), 1000 South 52nd Street (name later changed to Aldrich Road), Lincoln, Nebraska.[17]

Memorial Chapel and Educational Unit (1949-1953), Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2110 Sheridan, Lincoln, Nebraska.[2][6][a]

House (1950), 2540 Sheridan Blvd., Lincoln, Nebraska. (LC13:D05-502)

Kitchen Facilities Building (1952), Nebraska State Hospital, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

First Federal Building & Loan, Lincoln Office (1953), Cotner Blvd, Lincoln, Nebraska.[3][6]

Whitehall School (1953), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Faith Lutheran Church (1953), 6345 Madison Ave., Lincoln, Nebraska.[13]

Administration Annex (1953-1958), University of Nebraska, City Campus, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][5][b]

Millard Lefler Junior High School (1956), 1100 S 48th, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Associated architects, Pershing Municipal Auditorium (1956-1957), 15th & N Streets, Lincoln, Nebraska.[11][e]

First Evangelical Covenant Lutheran Church (1959), 6024 L St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[14]

13th & A Building (1960), 1413 S. 13th St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[9]

Farmers Mutual Insurance Company Headquarters (1961), 1220 Lincoln Mall, Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Supervising architects/coordinating partners, for architect Philip Johnson, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery (1961-1963), Lincoln, Nebraska.[3][7][c]

Bennet Martin Public Library (1962), northeast corner 14th & N, Lincoln, Nebraska.[3][6]

Nelle Cochrane Woods Art Building (1962-1963), University of Nebraska, City Campus, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][3][5]

Addition to Mrs. M. E. Forsyth House (1963), 900 Fall Creek Road, Lincoln, Nebraska.[16][f]

First Federal Savings and Loan Association, Homestead Office (1964), 42nd and Francis Streets, Omaha, Nebraska.[4][6]

Westbrook Music Building (1967), University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][3][5][6]

Rehabilitation, Medical, and Research Building - University of Nebraska Medical Research Facility Building (1964-1968), Beatrice State Hospital, Beatrice, Nebraska.[6][12][d]

Kimball Recital Hall (1968-1969), University of Nebraska, City Campus, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][3][5][6]

Proposal for Student Health Center (n.d.), University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.[15]


a. Harry Francis Cunningham, consulting architect for the Westminster chapel design.

b. Hazen & Robinson commenced work on the new Administration Building in 1954, following preliminary site and program planning directed by Linus Burr Smith, then chair of the School of Architecture.[5]

c. Logan-Peters, in "Hazen And Robinson," describes them as coordinating partners with Johnson, while Robinson, in "Art...," uses the term supervising architects.[7][10]

d. Two building names and dates, from two different sources; presumed here to be the same building. The former name appears in "Beatrice Home Eyes...," and gives an anticipated completion date of 1966; Hazen's date, given in AIA Historical Directory, registers the year as 1968. The former source illustrates an expansive two story building, estimated to cost 1.4 million dollars.[12][6]

e. The design and construction of Pershing Auditorium was a collaboration of four architectural firms, working under the title of Associated Architects; these were Davis & Wilson, Schaumberg & Freeman, Hazen & Robinson, and Fritz Craig. A fifth architect, Steve Cook, was superintendent of construction.[11]

f. Hazen & Robinson are listed on the 1963 building permit for an "add[ition] on 3 sides" to a 1948 house designed by Martin I. Aitken.[16]


1. Karen Shoemaker, “Deceased architect known for NU work,” [un-sourced newspaper clipping in file; probably from the Lincoln Journal, ca. November 10 or 11, 1985], 5.

2. Tom Kaspar, comp. Inventory of architectural records in the archives of Davis Fenton Stange Darling, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska. 1996. Nebraska State Historical Society, RG3748, Box 16.

3. “Architect Hazen, designer of many UNL buildings, dies,” Lincoln Star (November 11, 1985), 7.

4. “Homestead Center is Growing Up!,” Facts and Fancies 13 (July 1963).

5. Kay Logan-Peters. An Architectural Tour of Historic UNL. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2005. Accessed December 18, 2014. http://historicbuildings.unl.edu/

6. The AIA Historical Directory of American Architects, s.v. “Hazen, N. Bruce,” (ahd1018993). Accessed April 30, 2016. http://public.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki Hazen appears in all three editions of the directory.

7. Kay Logan-Peters, "Hazen And Robinson," An Architectural Tour of Historic UNL (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, UNL Libraries, 2005). Accessed April 29, 2016. http://historicbuildings.unl.edu/people.php?peopleID=54&cid=20

8. City of Lincoln Building Permit # 78605, May 1, 1961, $527,583. Hazen & Robinson, Architects; Kingery Construction Company, Contractors.

9. City of Lincoln Building Permit # 77417, September 27, 1960, $30,000. Hazen & Robinson, Architects, M. W. Anderson Construction Company, Contractors.

10. "Art...What's it to you? Panel Discussion: Mr. Marvin Robinson," Lincoln Sunday Star (February 20, 1966): 6D.

11. Del Snodgrass, "More Than 15 Firms Had Major Part in Building Structure," Lincoln Sunday Journal and Star (March 10, 1957): 2-E.

12. "Beatrice Home Eyes Building Start Soon," Lincoln Star (November 8, 1964): 6B.

13. City of Lincoln Building Permit #62008.

14. City of Lincoln Building Permit #74398.

15. Hazen & Robinson, "Possible Proposal for Student Health Center..." (n.d.), image of proposal in Architect's Files.

16. City of Lincoln Building Permit #84964, issued October 7, 1963; estimated cost $13,828.

17. City of Lincoln Building Permit #44579, issued April 3, 1947; estimated cost $19,500.

Page Citation

D. Murphy & E. Zimmer, “Hazen & Robinson, Architects,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, July 11, 2022. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, August 18, 2022.

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