Ira Thomson Carrithers, Jr. (1927-2011), Architect

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1954-1956; and Council Bluffs, Iowa, 1956-1994

Ira Thomson Carrithers, Jr. was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on August 10, 1927. He served in the Navy during World War II, then attended Iowa State University, receiving his Bachelor’s of Science in Architectural Engineering in 1949. Carrithers pursued post-graduate work at the University of Hawaii from 1951-1952. He married JoAnn O’Brien on January 21, 1967. He passed away on April 25, 2011 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.[1][2][3]

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.

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Omaha, Nebraska, 1954-1955

Council Bluffs, Iowa, 1956-1957

Educational & Professional Associations

1943: graduated from McKinley High School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.[3]

1949: Bachelor's of Science, Architecture, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.[3]

1951-1952: student, University of Hawaii.[2]

1952: Master’s Degree, University of Illinois.[3]

1954-1956: draftsman, John Latenser & Sons, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1954-1994: architect and owner, I.T. Carrithers, Council Bluffs, Iowa.[3]

Buildings & Projects

Lewis Lakeview School (1957), Council Bluffs, Iowa.[1][2]

Modale Consolidated School (1958).[1][2]

Council Bluffs Fire Station (1958), Council Bluffs, Iowa.[1][2]

Nathan M. Pusey School (1958), Council Bluffs, Iowa.[1][2]

Wayside Inn, Motel (1961), Omaha, Nebraska.[1][2]

Lewis Twp. High School (1961), Council Bluffs, Iowa.[1][2]

Grace Methodist Church (1963), Glenwood, Iowa.[2]

Farragut High School (1964), Iowa.[2]

Lenox High School (1968), Iowa.[2]



1. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory, Second Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1962), 106, accessed April 4, 2010,

2. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory, Third Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1970), 140, accessed April 4, 2010,

3. “Ira Thomson ‘Tom’ Carrithers, Jr.,”, April 27, 2011, accessed October 23, 2014,

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Ira Thomson Carrithers, Jr. (1927-2011), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, September 16, 2014. Accessed, October 16, 2019.

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