Hodgson & Son, Architects

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1887-1892


Isaac Hodgson

Isaac Hodgson, Jr.

DBA also as Isaac Hodgson & Son, Architects

Successor firm to Isaac Hodgson, Architect, Hodgson & Son, Architects was principally a partnership of Isaac Hodgson and his son, Isaac Hodgson, Jr., though one source suggests that another son, William G. Hodgson, was also a member of the firm.[8] It is not presently known when Isaac, Jr., joined his father in practice, nor when the partnership was established by name, but it does appear as such in Minneapolis before they opened their Omaha office.

Though one source states that Hodgson & Son, Architects moved to Omaha ca. 1887, it is clear that the Minneapolis office was still open after the Omaha office was established.[2] It appears that Isaac, Jr., came to Omaha in 1887 to open the office, and established residence there from 1887-1892. His father was only listed as resident in Omaha in 1889, and then again in 1892.

This must have been a period of major transition for the Hodgson’s. Isaac, Jr., is listed as practicing in Portland, Oregon, the same years he is practicing in Omaha, and built a house for himself there during that time.[9] The classified directories for Omaha during the period they practiced there also list Isaac Hodgson, Jr., not the firm, for some of the dates the father was not resident (1890-1891). Coincidentally, several published designs, both in Omaha and Portland, bear the son’s name alone. Further complications arise with the attribution of certain residences in Denver, Colorado, to Isaac Hodgson, presumed to refer to the father. No references to the Hodgson’s have been found after 1893, other than the potential partnerships of the elder in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the Federal census of 1900, which lists Isaac, Sr., as resident in Minnesota.

Millard Block/Philadelphia Leather Company, 1977 (Lynn Meyer)

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.

Lineage of the Firm

ca. 1882-1888: Hodgson & Son, Architects, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

1887-1892: Hodgson & Son, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.[a]

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Omaha, Nebraska, 1887-1889

Other Associations

1886-1889: Employed Olof Hanson, draftsman in Minneapolis, 1886-1887, and in the Omaha office, 1888-1889.[10]

1891: Employed W. H. Alford, draftsman and Omaha office manager.

Buildings & Projects

U. S. National Bank, 1976 (Lynn Meyer)
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Fred Nye House, 1977 (Lynn Meyer)

Chamber of Commerce Building (ca. 1884), southeast corner S 3rd St & 4th Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota.[6]

Minnesota Loan & Trust (1885), 311-315 Nicolette Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota.[6]

Swinford Rowhouses (1886), 1213-1231 Hawthorne Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota.[6]

Bank of Minneapolis (1886-1887), southwest corner Nicholette & s 3rd St, Minneapolis, Minnesota.[3:fig.1][6]

Minneapolis Industrial Exposition Building (1886; demolished 1893), 2nd St at 3rd Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota.[6][b]

U. S. National Bank (1887), 1203 Farnam, Omaha, Nebraska.[2][5][11][c] (DO09:0123-048)

Millard Block/Philadelphia Leather Co. (1887-1888), 1109-11 Harney, Omaha, Nebraska.[1][3:14-15][4:130][5] (DO09:0123-032)

Dwelling for R. Moore (1887), 1053 Park Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[4:158]

Schneider Apartments (1887), 1059 Park Ave., Omaha, Nebraska.[5] (DO09:0205-028)

Proposal for Lancaster County Courthouse (1888), Lincoln, Nebraska.[12][d]

House (1889), 1911 Wirt St, Omaha, Nebraska.[5] (DO09:0140-095)

Swinford Apartments (1897), 1225 Hawthorne Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota.[6]

Fred Nye House (1887), 1502 S 10th, Omaha, Nebraska. (DO09:0115-002)


a. Isaac Hodgson, Jr., was resident in Omaha, 1887-1888, while his father was listed by the Omaha city directories as resident in Minneapolis, Minnesota those years. Isaac, Jr., is then resident from 1889-1892, while his father is only listed as resident in 1889 and 1892. For the years 1890-1891, classified listings give only Isaac Hodgson, Jr. while other years list the firm.

b. Also attributed to Isaac Hodgson.[7]

c. Design attributed to Isaac Hodgson, Jr..[8]

d. In February 1888, at least thirteen architects vied for the commission to design Lancaster County Commissioners. Nebraska-based architects included Ellis, Mendelssohn, Fisher & Lawrie, Hodgson & Son, Architects of Omaha; and Placey, James Tyler, Hawkins, and Gray of Lincoln.[12]


1. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

2. John Grant, Glimpses of Omaha (Omaha: D. D. Dunbar, 1888), 50.

3. Donald R. Torbert, “The Advent of Modern Architecture in Minnesota,” JSAH 13:1 (March 1954), fig. 1, p. 19.

4. Landmarks, Inc., An Inventory of Historic Omaha Buildings (Omaha: City of Omaha and Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission, 1980).

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

6. “Hodgson & Son,” accessed August 16, 2012, http://en.phorio.com/hodgson-son,_minneapolis,_united_states

7. “Symbols on the Skyline,” The Historical Marker Database website, accessed August 16, 2012, http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=50208

8. University of Oregon, Digital Libraries, Architecture and the Allied Arts Library, accessed August 17, 2012, “Building Oregon: Architecture of Oregon & the Pacific Northwest,” file pna_23185 http://boundless.uoregon.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/archpnw&CISOPTR=21613&CISOBOX=1&REC=1

9. Chris Wilson, “Isaac Hodgson Jr. Home Portland, Oregon,” Old Photos of Architecture, August 5, 2012, accessed August 15, 2012, http://asitwasarchitecture.blogspot.com/2012/08/isaac-hodgson-jr-home-portland-oregon.html; and see University of Oregon, Digital Libraries, Architecture and the Allied Arts Library, “Building Oregon: Architecture of Oregon & the Pacific Northwest,” file pna_21864.jpg, architect’s drawing from American Architect and Building News, October 17, 1891, http://boundless.uoregon.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/archpnw&CISOPTR=20824&CISOBOX=1&REC=3 Accessed August 16, 2012.

10. Alan Michelson “Olof E. Hanson (Architect),” Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD), 2015, accessed December 9, 2015, http://pcad.lib.washington.edu/person/3222/

11. Redick, “The Omaha of To-day,” Omaha Illustrated (ca. 1888) illustration.

12. "After a Courthouse. The County Commissioners Commence the Work of Examining Plans--A Large Number of Architects in the Competition," (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (February 22, 1888), 2.

Other Sources

A collection of images associated with “Isaac Hodgson” is available at http://www.google.com/search?q=%22isaac+hodgson%22+architect&start=10&hl=en&client=firefox-a&sa=N&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=imvnso&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&ei=EhgsUJ_3JKqMyAGKo4GYDQ&ved=0CEcQsAQ4Cg&biw=1218&bih=742 Accessed August 17, 2012. See “Isaac Hodgson (architect),” at the RTBot-Real Time Information website, http://www.rtbot.net/Isaac_Hodgson_(architect) Accessed August 15, 2012.

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Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Hodgson & Son, Architects,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, December 9, 2015. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, August 18, 2022.

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