Irving Romine Dana, Jr. (1926-1998), Architect

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1956-1997

Irving Romine Dana, Jr. was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on September 12, 1926.[2] He joined the United States Naval Forces in 1944 and served for two years. After returning to the States, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from the University of Nebraska.[2] Dana started his own firm, Irving R. Dana & Associates, in 1962; the firm would later grow into Dana, Larson, Roubal & Associates in 1966. Dana was a member of the American Institute of Architects; he served on the boards for UNL, the Nebraska Arts Council, the Nebraska Endowment for the Arts, the Boy Scouts of America, the American Diabetes Association, the Immanuel Charitable Foundation, and Douglas County Bank & Trust.[5] He died on September 3, 1998 in Valley, Nebraska. His wife’s name was Ann; they had a daughter and two sons.[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.

Educational & Professional Associations

1944-1946: with U. S. Navy.[2]

1951: B.S. Architectural Engineering, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.[2]

1956-1963: architect, Leo A. Daly Company, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.[a]

1963-1967: architect and owner, Irving R. Dana & Associates, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1968-1997: architect and partner, Dana Larson Roubal Associates, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

1974: President, Nebraska Chapter, American Institute of Architects.[4]

1991: Founded PSI Group, Inc. (Mail-sorting business).[5]

Buildings & Projects

Presbyterian Church of the Cross (1966), Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

Nebraska Blue Cross-Blue Shield Office Building (1968), Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

Lockwood Manufacturing Company (1969), Gering, Nebraska.[2]

Physicians Mutual Insurance Company Building (1969), Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

Bryan High School (1970), Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

Honors & Awards

Award: Nebraska Blue-Cross Blue Shield Office Building, Omaha.[2]

Distinguished service awards from University of Nebraska-Lincoln Alumni Association, and College of Architecture.[5]

Distinguished Architect Award, Nebraska Society of Architects.[5]

Elected to the College of Fellows, American Institute of Architects.[5]

Honorary Chief of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.[5]

Ceremonial Blood Brother of the Omaha Tribe.[5]


a. First listing in Omaha Directory, 1956.


1. AIA Historical Directory of American Architects: A Resource Guide to Finding Information About Past Architects, accessed April 27, 2010,

2. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory, Third Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1970), 201, accessed April 4, 2010,

3. “Dana,” Omaha World-Herald (August 26, 1998), 18:2.

4. “Omahan Named To Head State Architects,” Lincoln Evening Journal (December 28, 1973), 6:8.

5. Chris Olson, “Architect Irving Dana Is Dead at 71,” Omaha World-Herald (August 27, 1998), 15:1.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Irving Romine Dana, Jr. (1926-1998), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, May 5, 2015. Accessed, October 23, 2020.

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