Holabird & Roche, Architects

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Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1883-1923


William Holabird (1854-1923)

Martin Roche (1853-1927)

Holabird & Roche was a leading architectural firm in Chicago from about 1883 until Holabird’s death in 1923.[1][6] They are responsible for the design of five prominent buildings in Omaha between 1909 and 1923.

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.

Nebraska Buildings & Projects

City National Bank (1909-1910) (Lynn Meyer)
Aquila Court Building (1923-1927) (Lynn Meyer)
Woodmen of the World Tower (1912-1913) (Lynn Meyer)

City National Bank (1909-1910), 405 S 16th, Omaha, Nebraska.[2][3:49][4][5] (DO09:0123-023) National Register narrative

Woodmen of the World Tower (1912-1913), 1315 Farnam, Omaha, Nebraska.[5][7] Demolished. (DO09:0123-047)

Carberry Apartments (1921), 503 N 40th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[5] (DO09:0323-025)

Austin Apartments (1921), 3701 Davenport St., Omaha, Nebraska.[5] (DO09:0321-020)

Aquila Court Building (1923-1927), 1615 Howard, Omaha, Nebraska.[2][3:135][4][5] (DO09:0122-005) National Register narrative



1. “The Work of Holabird & Roche, Architects,” American Architect CXVIII: 2329 (Aug 11, 1920), 165-172.

2. “Architects in Nebraska to be Covered in Our Survey,” WPA Writers Project, Nebraska State Historical Society Archives, RG515, subj 611.

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

4. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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

6. Henry F. Withey and Elsie Rathburn Withey. Biographical Dictionary of American Architects (Deceased). Los Angeles: Hennessey & Ingalls, Inc., 1970, 293-294, 518-519.

7. “Woodmen of the World Building to Be Erected During the Coming Year,” Omaha World-Herald (January 1, 1911).

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Holabird & Roche, Architects,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, January 26, 2015. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, December 9, 2022.

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