Henry H. Falldorf, Jr. (1865-1950), Contractor & Builder

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Hall County, Nebraska, ca. 1883-1903, Grand Island, Nebraska, 1903-1920

Henry H. Falldorf, Jr. was born on September 7, 1864 in Hanover, Germany and he arrived with his father in Hall County when he was nine years old.[1][2][3][4][7] Falldorf helped his father farm until 1903, when Henry Sr. retired.[1][8] For one year, he advertised himself as an architect in the partnership Falldorf & [[Oscar Reinholdt Kirschke (1879-1962), Architect |Kirschke]]. Falldorf went on to take up the trade of stair-building, which he practiced until he became a contractor. Falldorf married Mary Timpke in 1887, and together they had two children, one of whom died at the age of thirteen.[1][2][3][4] Falldorf was a member of the Masons, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Lutheran Church, and the Low German social organization.[1] He died February 20, 1950.[7]

This page is a contribution to the publication, Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. See the Format and contents of Nebraska architect entries page for more information on the compilation and page organization.

Educational & Professional Associations

ca. 1883-1903: stair builder, Hall County, Nebraska.[1]

1903: architect, carpenter, and partner, Falldorf & Kirschke, Grand Island, Nebraska.[c]

1904-1905: no Grand Island Directories available.

1906-1918: contractor & builder, Grand Island, Nebraska.

1920: contractor, Grand Island, Nebraska.[4]

1921-1922: retired, Grand Island, Nebraska.

1924-1925: councilman, 3rd Ward, Grand Island, Nebraska.

1926-1950: retired, Grand Island, Nebraska.

Other Associations

1908-1909: employed Paul Sothman, carpenter.

Buildings & Projects


Henry Falldorf, Jr. house (1907), south Locust, Grand island, Nebraska.[1]

Liederkranz Club (1912, 1915), 401 W 1st, Grand Island, Nebraska. [8][c] (HL06-009)


Grand Island Carnegie Library (n.d.), Grand Island, Nebraska.[1][a]

Hall County Courthouse (n.d.), SW Corner W 1st & S Locust St., Grand Island, Nebraska.[1][b]

Norfolk High School [now Jr High School] (n.d.), Norfolk, Nebraska.[1][8]

Elks Club (n.d.), Grand Island, Nebraska. [8][d] Demolished/Replaced.

Masonic Temple (n.d.), Grand Island, Nebraska. [8] [d]

Grand Island High School [later Walnut Junior High] (n.d.), Grand Island, Nebraska.[8][d]

Carnegie Library (n.d.), SE corner W 2nd & Walnut St., Grand Island, Nebraska. [8]

Oscar Roeser family home (n.d.), Koenig St., Grand Island, Nebraska.[8]

Hamilton-Donald House [later Nonna's Palazzo Restaurant] (n.d.), Grand Island, Nebraska. [8]


a. James Tyler, Lincoln, Nebraska.

b. Thomas Rogers Kimball, Omaha, Nebraska.

c. No earlier city directories available.

d. Source [8] says that Falldorf and [Oscar Reinholdt Kirschke (1879-1962), Architect|Otto Kirschke]] were the building contractors of these buildings, while Oscar Kirschke, son of Otto, was the architect who designed them.


1. A. F. Buechler and R. J. Barr, History of Hall County, Nebraska (Lincoln: Western Publishing and Engraving Co., 1920), 690-691.

2. 1900 United States Census, s.v. “Henry Falldorf , Jr.,” Grand Island, Hall County, Nebraska, accessed through AncestryLibrary.com.

3. 1910 United States Census, s.v. “Henry H. Falldorf,” Grand Island, Hall County, Nebraska, accessed through AncestryLibrary.com.

4. 1920 United States Census, s.v. “Henry Falldorf,” Grand Island, Hall County, Nebraska, accessed through AncestryLibrary.com.

5. “Henry Falldorf Rites To Be Held Thursday,” Grand Island Daily Independent (February 22, 1950), 5.

6. “Henry Falldorf Rites Held Thursday,” Grand Island Daily Independent (February 24, 1950), 4:6.

7. “Henry F. Falldorf,” Lincoln Star (February 28, 1950), 7:2.

8. "150: A Commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of Hall, County, Nebraska" (Grand Island: The Grand Island Independent, Morris Communications, 2007), 53 & 86.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Henry H. Falldorf, Jr. (1865-1950), Contractor & Builder,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, December 9, 2014. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, March 28, 2020.

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