Henry A. Raapke (1876-1959), Architect
Henry Raapke was an architect in Omaha for about 50 years. Born in Nebraska in 1876, he attended grammar school and high school in Omaha, then attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Raapke continued his studies at the Hamburg Trade and Technical School (Baugewerk Schule) in Hamburg, Germany, following which he concluded his formal education with five years at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, in Paris, France. He returned to the United States to work for Thomas Rogers Kimball, but went back to Europe on a study tour from 1906-1908. Upon his return to the United States he opened his own office in Omaha, which he maintained for the better part of the next 38 years. Raapke died on August 30, 1959.
Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings
Omaha, Nebraska, 1908-1959
Educational & Professional Associations
1891-1894: student, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.
1894-1897: student, Hamburg Trade and Technical School (Baugewerk Schule), Hamburg, Germany.
1897-1902: student, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France.
1906-1908: in Italy, France, Greece, Germany, Switzerland, Holland and Belgium.
1908-1940: principal, H. A. Raapke, Architect, Omaha, Nebraska. 
1939: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska, August 8, 1939; A-56.
1942: employed by Metropolitan Scenic Studios, Inc,. Omaha, Nebraska.
1945-1946: principal, H. A. Raapke, Architect, Omaha, Nebraska.
Buildings & Projects
R. C. Knox House (1909), 3926 Harney, Omaha, Nebraska. (DO09:0319-069)
Emma A. Moore House (1909), 565 S. 36th St., Omaha, Nebraska. (DO09:0208-012)
Thorvald Apartments, for T. Jorgensen (1912), 1122 Park Ave, Omaha, Nebraska. [1:159] (DO09:0203-010)
Chula Vista Apartments (1912), 2968 Poppleton Ave, Omaha, Nebraska. (DO09:0204-053)
E. K. Buck house (1917), 3920 Dewey Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[1:114]
Warehouse/Garage (1925), 215 N. 12th St., Omaha, Nebraska. (DO09:0125-023)
House (1926), 665 N. 56th St., Omaha, Nebraska. (DO09:0436-010)
Doctors Hospital (n.d.), Lincoln, Nebraska.
a. Supplementary letter to State Board of Examiners, November 23, 1938.
b. “Report on Standard Examination,” appended to Raapke’s State Board of Examiners file, July, 12, 1946. There is no information included to suggest why Raapke was examined nearly eight years after receiving his license to practice.
c. The Business Sections of the Omaha City Directory gives the dates, 1980-1942_.
1. Landmarks, Inc., An Inventory of Historic Omaha Buildings (Omaha: Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission, 1980).
2. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
3. City of Omaha Planning Department, Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission, Database, Query on Architects, May 20, 2002; courtesy of Lynn Meyer, Preservation Planner.
4. “Services Tuesday For H. A. Raapke, Omaha Architect,” Lincoln Star (August 31, 1959), 2:3.
5. Application for Registration to Practice Professional Engineering and Architecture, Nebraska State Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Architects, December 15, 1937. Nebraska State Historical Society RG081 SG2.
6. 1910 United States Census, s.v. “Louis Raapke,” Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, accessed through HeritageQuestOnline.com.
7. A Comprehensive Program for Historic Preservation in Omaha (Omaha: Omaha City Planning Department, 1980), 92-93 (Omaha Directories, Business Section listings).
8. Nebraska State Historical Society Archives, Thomas Rogers Kimball Collection, RG3607. The drawing is signed, "HAR," and is attributed by the editor to Raapke.
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D. Murphy, “Henry A. Raapke (1876-1959), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, March 5, 2015. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, November 28, 2022.
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