Jacob Ort (1846-1935), Architect

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Lincoln, 1906-1907, and Wahoo, Nebraska, 1915-1917

Jacob Ort was born July 7, 1846 in Chicago, Illinois to Asplanarius and Mary Orth. He moved to Valparaiso, Nebraska by 1880, and later lived in Wahoo and other Nebraska towns near Lincoln. He was granted patents related to doors and windows in the 1890s and was identified as a carpenter in the U. S. Census of 1900 [5][8]. He worked briefly in Lincoln as a partner of the architectural firm Warren & Ort.[7][c] He continued to be identified as an architect in subsequent censuses.[6] He was married to Christie in 1868; they had eleven children, eight of whom lived with the parents in Wahoo, Nebraska in 1900.[1][2][5] He died July 31, 1935 in Wahoo, Nebraska at the age of 89.[4]

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

Lincoln, Nebraska, 1907

Wahoo, Nebraska, 1915-1917

Educational & Professional Associations

1863: military enlistment, Union Army, Illinois.[3][b]

1889: member of firm Scheel & Ort, furniture dealers and undertakers, Wahoo, Nebraska.[11][12][e]

1897-1898: proprietor of an undertaking establishment, Wahoo, Nebraska.[13]

1906-1907: architect and partner, Warren & Ort, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Buildings & Projects

Dated Projects

Reformed Presbyterian Church (1884), Wahoo, Nebraska.[10][d]

F. J. Kirchman house (1903), Wahoo, Nebraska. (SD16-085)

St. Vitus Catholic Church (1902-1903), Main St. north end of town, Touhy, Nebraska. (SD14-002)

Rad Cecho-Moravan Cis ZCBJ Sin (1916-1917), sec Jefferson & Madison, Brainard, Nebraska.[a] (BU03-016)

Undated Projects

St. Wenceslaus School, Wahoo, Nebraska.[9]

Congregational Church, Wahoo, Nebraska.[9]


a. Listed in NEHBS as Jan Ort.

b. Purportedly wounded in Civil War, according to Ancestry Family Trees.

c. Lincoln Star reported in June 1906 "Mr. Jacob Ort, who has been engaged in the building and architectural business in Wahoo, Nebraska for many years, has moved to Lincoln and he and Mr. W. [sic] F. Warren, an architect of this city, have formed the firm of Warren & Ort, and will do a general architectural and building business and have offices over the Bank of Commerce." The firm was also mentioned in the Lincoln City directory of 1907.[7]

d. A Wahoo (Nebraska) newspaper reported in 1884: "The Reformed Presbyterians have decided to build a new church on the lots where the old one now stands. Jacob Ort drew the plans and we understand Gilbert Rouse has the contract."[10]

e. A Wahoo newspaper mentioned in 1889 that "Jacob Ort of the firm of Scheel & Ort, has returned from Ashland, bringing with hime the stock of goods put in at that place sometime [sic] ago. He did not find it a paying location." An adjacent advertisement for "Scheel & Ort," describes them as "Undertakers and Embalmers."[11] Elsewhere the same firm is described as "furniture dealers."[12]


1. 1920 United States Census, s.v. “Jacob Ort,” Wahoo, Saunders County, Nebraska, accessed through "HeritageQuestOnline.com.

2. 1880 United States Census, s.v. “Jacob Ort,” Valparaiso, Saunders County, Nebraska, accessed through HeritageQuestOnline.com.

3. Historical Data Systems, comp. American Civil War Soldiers [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999. Enlistment date: 22 Dec 1863. Accessed through Ancestry.com.

4. Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

5. Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line], s.v. "Christi Ort." Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.

6. Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line], s.v. "Christie Ort." Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.

7. Notice of formation of firm of Warren & Ort, Lincoln (Nebraska) Star (June 3, 1906), 2.

8. (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (November 29, 1893), 1 (relating to "doorway conformation); "Nebraska Patents," (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (November 14, 1894), 1 (window patent); Semi-Weekly State Journal (Lincoln, Nebraska) (March 19, 1897), 2 (window patent).

9. "Veteran Jake Ort Dies Wednesday--Just Passed His 89th Year; Funeral Services Not Arranged," The Independent (Wahoo, Nebraska) (August 1, 1935), 1.

10. The Independent (Wahoo, Nebraska) (May 1, 1884), 3.

11. The Wahoo (Nebraska) Democrat (June 20, 1889), 3.

12. "The Ticket," The Democrat (Wahoo, Nebraska) (October 10, 1889), 2.

13. "A New Business," The Wahoo (Nebraska) Democrat (August 5, 1897), 5.

Page Citation

D. Murphy & E. F. Zimmer, “Jacob Ort (1846-1935), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, August 1, 2022. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, December 3, 2022.

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