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James H. Craddock, 1904
Lincoln, 1889-1907; and Omaha, Nebraska, 1907-1932

DBA: In Omaha, James H. Craddock & Company

James Craddock was born at Mystic River, Connecticut, in 1856, to Nicholas and Ellen Purtel Craddock. Craddock’s father was a native of County Tipperary, Ireland, who arrived in the United States in 1848. James Craddock was educated in the schools of Mystic River, and in the Mystic River Institute. He came to Nebraska in 1885 and opened an architectural office in Lincoln.[25]

In 1907, Craddock moved his practice to Omaha, where he remained until his death in 1932. He married his second wife, Gertrude (Jennie) Sebring, in Omaha, 1904, and they had two children. He was a member of the Catholic Church, the Knights of Pythias, and the Order of Elks, and was very active in the democratic party and the Knights of Labor.[23][24][25][26][27]

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, 1886, 1887, 1889, 1895, 1899, 1900-1908

Omaha, Nebraska, 1900-1932

Blessed Trinity Czech Catholic Church (1903-1909), Brainard (D. Murphy)

Educational & Professional Associations

1885-1886: carpenter and contractor, Lincoln, Nebraska.[43][76]

1887: draughtsman for J. H. W. Hawkins, architect, Lincoln, Nebraska.[74]

1888-1907: architect, Lincoln, Nebraska.[25][26]

1889: architect and partner, Craddock & Woods, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.[42]

1890: architect and partner, Craddock & Hay, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1898: associated with John McDonald of Omaha as architects for Nebraska Building, Trans-Mississippi Exposition, Omaha.[46]

1907-1932: architect, Omaha, Nebraska.[26][93]

Other Associations

1886-1887: incorporator (one of five) of the "Unknown Knight" publishing company; leading figure in Unknown Knight newspaper of Knights of Labor, Lincoln, Nebraska.[66][75][m]

1888: "Chairman of political acts" for Central Trades & Labor, Lincoln, Nebraska.[68]

1898-1902: employed John G. Cordner, architect.

1907: associated with E. A. Ermann (or Ehmann?) from Florida in opening Omaha office.[93][n]

1907: employed Samuel F. Church.

1915: employed James L. Conley, draftsman.

1916: appointed by Gov. Morehead (with two State senators and two State representatives) to committee to examine and report on State Capitol.[104]

1916: elected as Representative from Douglas County to Nebraska State Legislature.[105]

1920: employed Harvey C. Peterson, plans, specifications, contracts.

Buildings & Projects


H. E. Noble duplex (1886), SE corner of 13th & H, Lincoln, Nebraska.[43] Extant 2018.

"J. H. Craddock is building one [a new residence] on Twenty-fifth and W streets" (1888), 828 North 25th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[67]

1889, Lincoln

For a few months in the spring of 1889, the architectural partnership of Craddock with A. W. Woods advertised repeatedly in Lincoln, Nebraska newspapers as Craddock & Woods. Then in December of that year, they published a "Notice of Dissolution" of the firm. The few known commissions of the partnership are listed on the page Craddock & Woods, Architects.

1890-1906, Lincoln

Plans (not built) for schoolhouse in northeast Lincoln (1890), Lincoln, Nebraska.[69][j]

St Johns Catholic Church II (Kostel Sv Jana Nepomuckeho) (1891), northeast corner Pine & Saylor, Weston, Nebraska. (SD18-009)

Brick schoolhouse (1896), Juniata, Nebraska.[56][70]

Proposal (not selected) for a new high school (1897), Lincoln, Nebraska.[71][k]

Proposal for new buildings for asylums (1897), Hastings and Norfolk, Nebraska.[72][l]

Extension of dairy building (1897), University of Nebraska agriculture campus, Lincoln, Nebraska.[56][73]

Nebraska Building (1898), Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition, Omaha, Nebraska, with John McDonald.[38:160][46][b]

Catholic church (1898), Cambridge, Nebraska.[130]

Charles M. and John M. Jaques house (1899), 1645 D Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[56][59][g] Extant in 2021.

Hospital for local soldiers' home (1899), Grand Island, Nebraska.[56][64]

New wing for insane asylum (1900), Hastings, Nebraska.[56][63][l]

St. Francis Catholic Church (1900), David City, Nebraska.[51]

Judge Silas Holcomb house (1900), 1905 A Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[56][60][h]

A. O. Faulkner residence, a.k.a. "Park Hill" (1900-1901), northeast corner of 40th & South Streets, Lincoln, Nebraska.[54][55][d] Extant 2021.

St. Stephen Catholic Church (1901), Exeter, Nebraska.[52][129]

William E. Jakway house (1901), 1742 F Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[54][56][57][e]

Will H. Love house (1901), 1705 M Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[54][56][57][f]

For William Dorgan "complete rebuilding of cottage" (1901), 1635 F Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[54][56][57][f]

Frank D. Eager house (1901), 1330 F Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[54][57][f]

Mrs. Ellen L. Ewin house (1901), 126 South 28th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[56][61] Extant in 2021.

Fraternity Building for Messrs. Faulkner and Sharp - Royal Highlanders Building (1902), 13th & N, Lincoln, Nebraska.[7][28][54][d] Demolished.

Mrs. Sarah Harris house (1902-1903), built at 1610 K Street (moved to 1630 K), Lincoln, Nebraska.[54][62][i] Extant in 2021.

Unsuccessful applicant, Grand Island Carnegie Library Building (1902), Grand Island, Nebraska.[17]

H. Schlesinger Store (1902), Lincoln, Nebraska.[1]

F. C. Mathews house (1902), Aurora, Nebraska. [1]

T. M. Sedgwick house (1902), York, Nebraska.[1]

A. B. Christian house (1902), York, Nebraska.[1]

Presbyterian Church (1902), Grand Island, Nebraska.[1][54]

Presbyterian Church (c. 1902), Aurora, Nebraska.[54]

Presbyterian Church (c. 1902), Exeter, Nebraska.[54]

Gosper house (1902), Lincoln, Nebraska.[9]

York Times Building (1902), York, Nebraska.[10]

Bridgeport, Four-room School (1902), Bridgeport, Nebraska.[8]

C. E. Spangler house (1902), 2039 South 17th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[54]

N. L. Williams house (1902), 1445 C Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[54] Extant in 2021.

Louis J. Herzog house (1902), 1445 N Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[54]

William E. Sharp house (1902-1903), 1245 J Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[11][54][58]

Dr. Meredith house (1903), York, Nebraska.[4]

J. T. Hinkley house (1903), Ashland, Nebraska.[5]

Catholic Church (1903), Roseland, Nebraska.[12]

H. S. Harrison house (1903), York, Nebraska.[12]

Col. (John P.) Bratt house (1903), 1501 C, Lincoln, Nebraska.[14]

Mrs. Lowry house (1903), 20th & Washington, Lincoln, Nebraska.[14]

J. P. Chapman house (1903), Aurora, Nebraska.[6]

German Reformed Church (1903), Holland, Nebraska.[2][65]

Proposal for Lincoln Commercial Clubhouse (1903), Lincoln, Nebraska.[3][47][c]

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (1903-1904), 4th between Maine & Pine, Friend, Nebraska.[1][126] (SA04-025)

Assumption Catholic Church (1903), Juniata vicinity, Nebraska.[18] Destroyed by fire, November 22, 1919.

Holy Trinity Catholic Church II (Novy Kostel Nejsvetejsi Trojice) (1903-09), nec Brainard & Madison, Brainard, Nebraska.[15] (BU03-010)

Hayward School (1904), Lincoln, Nebraska.[127] (LC13:C10-110)

West A Street (later called "Willard") Elementary School (1904-1905), Lincoln, Nebraska.[128]

Geneva High School (1904-1905), Geneva, Nebraska.[21][53][92]

Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (1904-05, 1929-30), O'Connor, Nebraska.[16][19][121] (GY00-001) National Register narrative

Sacred Heart Catholic Church (1904), Greeley, Nebraska.[16][124] (GY02-001)

Royal Highlanders Building (1904-1905), 1235 M St., Aurora, Nebraska.[19][119] (HM01-002)

Hardy Furniture/Dr. Smith building (1905), P Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[109][o]

First Congregational Church (1905), Ashland, Nebraska. (SD01-042) [78][122]

Parochial School (1905), Exeter, Nebraska.[29][a]

Congregational Church (1905), Stanton, Nebraska.[123]

Geneva State Bank (1905), Geneva, Nebraska.[125]

High School (1905-1906), Edgar, Nebraska.[115]

First Congregational Church (1905-1906), Aurora, Nebraska.[97][118]

Vine Congregational Church (1905-1907), North 25th & S Streets, Lincoln, Nebraska.[111][116] Church extant (as Christ Temple) in 2022.

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (1905-1907), northeast corner Saunders & Ivy, Sutton, Nebraska.[114][120] (CY12-031)

Burke building (1906-1907), Sutton, Nebraska.[114]

C. M. Sears House (1906), Aurora, Nebraska.[96]

Plans for Odd Fellows building (1906), Nelson, Nebraska.[117]

1907-1932, Omaha, Nebraska

Aurora Business College (1907), Aurora, Nebraska.[94][98]

Catholic School (1907), Ashton, Nebraska.[30]

Brick school (1907), Red Cloud, Nebraska.[79]

School House (1906-1907), Callaway, Nebraska.[94][99]

Addition to school house (1907), Harvard, Nebraska.[113]

High School (1907-1908), Aurora, Nebraska.[30][77]

First Presbyterian Church (1907-1908), North Platte, Nebraska.[94][95]

St Martin's Church (1907-1909), Loucky, rural Clay County, Nebraska.[19] (CY00-002) National Register narrative

St. Michael’s Catholic Church (1907-1909), NW corner 8th & F St., Fairbury, Nebraska. (JF04-023)[81]

Pavilion at Miller Park (1908), Omaha, Nebraska.[80][88]

Rowhouse (1908), 2314-2316 Howard St., Omaha, Nebraska.[19][20] (DO09:0122-013)

Alterations and Addition, Edward J. Cornish House, aka Cornish Apartments (1909), 1404 S 10th, Omaha, Nebraska.[41]

Livingston Apartments (1909), 2316 S. 24th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[20] (DO09:0197-001)

New school house (1909), Cook, Nebraska.[82]

Plans and specifications for two 8-room school houses (1909), North Platte, Nebraska.[100]

St. James Catholic Church (1909-1911), Kearney, Nebraska.[83]

Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church (1909-10, 1926), southeast corner Lena & Libert, Deweese, Nebraska. (CY02-022)

St Michael's Catholic Church (1909-1914), Spalding, Nebraska.[19] (GY06-001) National Register narrative

School (1910), Silver Creek, Nebraska.[32]

School (1910), Ulysses, Nebraska.[31]

School (1910), Stanton, Nebraska.[33]

St. Patrick's Catholic Church (1910), O'Neill, Nebraska.[44] (HT13-056)

Holy Family Catholic Church (1910), Heartwell, Nebraska. (KN02-001)

St. Mary’s Church (1911), northeast corner 5th & I, David City, Nebraska. (BU05-037)

Two-story school (1911), Rosalie, Nebraska.[34]

South wing for Kearney Normal School (1911), Kearney, Nebraska.[84]

Two-story high school (1911), Kearney, Nebraska.[35]

Two-story school (1911), Meadow Grove, Nebraska.[36]

School (1911), Falls City, Nebraska.[37]

Residence for Rev. J. J. Hoffman (1911), Falls City, Nebraska.[40]

Store building for Messrs. George H. Downing and W. F. Crossley (1911-1912), Central Avenue, Kearney, Nebraska.[85]

"New central buildings" for Wayne State Normal (1911-1913), Wayne, Nebraska.[48][49]

School (1913), Oto, Iowa.[133]

High School (1913), Smithland, Iowa.[132]

Addition to high school (1913), Minden, Nebraska.[86]

Catholic church (1913), North Bend, Nebraska.[101]

"Primary building" for Nebraska State School for the Deaf (1914), Omaha, Nebraska.[50]

Catholic Church (1914), Burwell, Nebraska.[103]

Six-room school house (1914), Prescott, Iowa.[131]

"New state buildings at the tuberculosis hospital" (1915), Kearney, Nebraska.[87]

T. J. Major’s Education Building (1914-1916), Peru State College Campus, Peru, Nebraska.[102] (NH09-026)

St. Mary’s Catholic Church (1916), 707 13th St., Aurora, Nebraska (HM01-221)

Grade and High School (1916), Anthon, Iowa.[107]

D. W. Ruter "ready to wear goods" store (1916), Kearney, Nebraska.[108]

Plans for Panel Equipment for Concrete Swine Building (ca. 1917), Lincoln, Nebraska.[39]

Roman Catholic Church (1918), Fullerton, Nebraska.[22]

Guide Rock Public Library (1918), Guide Rock, Nebraska.[17][45]

Packing House Building (1919), for Higgins Packing Company, Omaha.[106]

Weaver Hotel (1923-1925), Falls City, Nebraska.[89][90]

Tiehen Memorial Gymnasium (1924-1925), Falls City, Nebraska.[90][91]



a. School Board Journal of February, 1905, notes: "Nebraska...Exeter--8-room, $8,000 parochial school planned by Archt. J. H. Craddock, Lincoln."[29]

b. The Nebraska Building was a joint project of Craddock and John McDonald, Omaha.[38:160][46]

  • Portrait, 1885, in Nebraskans, 1854-1904. Omaha: Bee Publishing Co., 1904 [978.2.B39n]

c. On May 10, 1903, Nebraska State Journal published an elevation, three floor plans, and a description of plans prepared by "Mr. Craddock" for a possible new clubhouse for Lincoln Commercial Club, to be built at the southeast corner of 13th and M Streets in downtown Lincoln, abutting the north wall of the City Auditorium. The plans were not carried out and the Club was housed in the Craddock-designed Royal Highlander (a.k.a. Fraternity) Building at 13th & N Streets until the group erected their own clubhouse, designed by Berlinghof & Davis, at 11th and P Streets in 1912.[47]

d. Lincoln's Courier newspaper published a highly laudatory, illustrated account of "The Fraternity Building. Imposing Office Structure in Course of Erection at O [sic, should be N] and Thirteenth Treets [sic] at a Cost of $60,000." The text notes "The attractive architecture of the building reflects great credit upon the architect, J. H. Craddock." It goes on to mention "Mr. Craddock is one of the oldest architects in the city, being actually engaged here in this business since 1888, the plans for many of the best buildings in the city and state having been furnished by him." It goes on to assign him credit for having "furnished the plans for many fine residences here in the past few months, some of which are just being completed; among others are those of Dr. A. O. Faulkner, Will Love, William Dorgan, W. E. Jackway and Frank Eager. He is now working on plans for many new residences to be built in the spring; among others those of C. E. Spangler, W. E. Sharp, Mrs. Harris, N. L. Williams and L. J. Herzog."[54]

e. Nebraska State Journal listed among new buildings in Lincoln in 1901 "W. E. Jakway, Eighteenth and F streets, residence in classic style, $8,000."[57] The house at 1742 F St. featured colossal Doric columns. When the house was demolished in 1986, the columns were salvaged and installed on the second floor of "The Creamery" at 701 P Street in Lincoln's Haymarket District. (EFZ)

f. The Journal also listed among new buildings of 1901 "Will Love, Seventeenth and M streets, residence, $3,500"; and "William Dorgan, 1635 F street, complete rebuilding of cottage, $3,000"; and "Frank D. Eager, 1330 F street, residence, $3,500."[57]

g. Nebraska State Journal noted in 1899: "J. M. Jaques has well under way a residence at Seventeenth and D streets. The cost is to be about $6,000, the house two full stories in height and very spacious."[59]

h. While The Courier reported in 1902 that Craddock had designed a house for "Judge Holcomb" at 17th and A Streets in Lincoln, is much more likely that it was Chief Justice Holcomb's new house of 1900 at 1905 A that Craddock designed. The former Governor, newly appointed Justice moved from 1745 A to 1905 A around 1900, according to city directories. Nebraska State Journal had been sharply critical of the Governor during his terms (1895-1899) and reported on the new house in similar tones, noting in June 1900 "Those who come in [to Lincoln] this summer will be astounded to find that Holcomb's new house is painted the usual deep red color--the badge of railroad ownership." In August 1900, the newspaper added "One cannot look at Judge Holcomb's finished mansion without thinking how narrow the line that divides the humble plebeian from the purse-proud aristocrat."[56][60]

i. The Nebraska State Journal in December 1903 noted "The handsome new residence of Mrs. Sarah Harris was opened for the first time to receive the [Lotos] club members."[62] The house was moved from the northeast corner of 17th and K Streets (1610 K) to midblock on the same blockface (1630 K) in 1926, accommodating construction of First Christian Church. Harris House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated a City of Lincoln Landmark.

j. Nebraska State Journal reported in 1890 that the Lincoln Board of Education received plans for a school in "northeast Lincoln" from architects Craddock, Placey, and Gray.[69]

k. The Evening News described a lengthy session "...from 10 o'clock until midnight looking at plans for the proposed high school building, seven architects being present with ideas they had committed to paper." Craddock was the second man interviewed: "He had no details figured out, but ground plans were all that the board desired to look at, and these were hastily scanned." Nathan Bishop, R. W. Grant, Marcus Leach, Artemas Roberts, George W. Shaffer, and James Tyler were the other Lincoln applicants, while F. M. Ellis of Omaha sent a representative. Tyler won the commission and his design was added to the high school grounds, attached by an elevated corridor.[71]

l. A paragraph in a Lincoln newspaper in 1897 mentioned that eight architects submitted plans and specifications "for new building [sic] at the Hastings and Norfolk asylums." In addition to Craddock, they were R. W. Grant of Beatrice; F. M. Ellis & Co., Henry Voss, and George McDonald of Omaha; C. C. Rittenhouse of Hastings; and J. C. Stitt of Norfolk. Craddock apparently won the Hastings commission, but the project was not advertised for construction until 1900, according to Improvement Bulletin.[63][72]

m. The Unknown Knight newspaper was mentioned several times in Nebraska State Journal in 1886 and 1887, with the Journal often disparaging the strongly pro-labor Knight. In an 1887 Journal account of businesses in Lincoln, 17 newspapers are listed (in addition to the Journal), with Unknown Knight last among them. But it was favorably described thus: "The Knights of Labor of Lincoln publish a very creditable paper known as the Unknown Knight. It is neatly printed, and not a little ability is shown on the editorial pages. The interests of the laboring men are watched closely by this their organ."[75]

n. Omaha newspapers noted Craddock's opening of offices in the new Weed (or Wead) Building at 18th and Farnam in Omaha, and repeatedly mentioned that his emphasis would be on designing bungalows. Omaha papers reported that he would associate with a young architect from Florida, E. A. Ermann (or Ehmann) and that both men brought experience in bungalow construction.[93] A Lincoln paper twice mentioned the new associate, once as "Ehmann" and later as "Emial A. Ehrmann of Omaha." One of the mentions said that "Ehmann...has engaged Architect J. H. Craddock to popularize the [bungalow] craze in Omaha," rather tartly noting that "Mr. Ehmann is a little late to the day, for Omaha people already know about bungalows..." The paper gave a good description of the house form: "A bungalow is supposed to be a low, rambling structure with lots of places where one may be cool, and above all a porch that will envelope a goodly company."[110][111] No further information has yet been found on an architect named Ermann/Ehmann/Ehrmann, although U. S. Census records list an "Emil A. Ehrmann" in Louisville, Kentucky--a longtime confectioner. (EFZ)

o. A Geneva, Nebraska newspaper reported in 1905 that "The Hardy Furniture company will have a three-story brick building erected the coming summer in the rear of the Smith block...Dr. H. L. Smith of Geneva [the owner]...is having plans drawn for the building by J. H. Craddock....The new building will face P street...[109]


1. Lincoln Trade Review 1:5 (1902), 5.

2. Lincoln Trade Review 1:42 (1903), 3.

3. Lincoln Trade Review 1:43 (1903), 3.

4. Lincoln Trade Review 1:51 (1903), 4.

5. Lincoln Trade Review 2:3 (1903), 3.

6. Lincoln Trade Review 2:4 (1903), 3. (cf. Chapman Furniture)

7. Lincoln Trade Review 1:1 (1902), cover.

8. Lincoln Trade Review 1:7 (1902), 4.

9. Lincoln Trade Review 1:8 (1902), 4. (award contracts)

10. Lincoln Trade Review 1:24 (1902), 3. (contract for plans; 3 story brick building, 30x84). See also "Wednesday's Daily," York (Nebraska) Times (November 6, 1902), 4.

11. Lincoln Trade Review 1:24 (1902), 3-4. (plans in hand)

12. Lincoln Trade Review 1:36 (1903), 3. (general contract, $10,000)

13. Lincoln Trade Review 1:39 (1903), 9. (general contract, $12,827)

14. Lincoln Trade Review 1:41 (1903), 3. (addition, elevation, and mechanical work)

15. Dejiny Cechu v Americkych, 6:4 ( ), 269-270.

16. Diamond Jubilee of the Church of the Visitation at O'Connor, Nebraska, 1880-1905, July 4, 1955. (file GY00-001)

17. State Library Commission, Buildings & architects files; see also "Nebraska Library Commission: Nebraska Public Library Founding Dates," on-line resource accessed June 25, 2020 at http://nlc.nebraska.gov/history/libraryfoundingdates.aspx

18. Sister Loretta Gosen, History of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, 1887-1987 (Catholic Bishop of Lincoln: Lincoln, Nebraska, 1986), 164.

19. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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

21. Tom Kaspar, comp. Inventory of architectural records in the archives of Davis Fenton Stange Darling, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska. 1996. Nebraska State Historical Society, RG3748, Box 16.

22. The American Contractor (March 23, 1918), 60, accessed through Google Books, January 12, 2012 (This is a fireproof building of brick, terracotta, and concrete; four storeys with a basement, measuring 89 by 139 feet.) http://books.google.com/books?id=UCJYAAAAYAAJ&pg=RA10-PA64&lpg=RA10-PA64&dq=f+w+clarke,+architect,+york+hotel,+nebraska&source=bl&ots=-QV--qNAlx&sig=yQZ--Gvu9ph8VGJ7unfHB-6P9QU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=whYPT97eOov9iQLF9M3fDQ&sqi=2&ved=0CB4Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=f%20w%20clarke%2C%20architect%2C%20york%20hotel%2C%20nebraska&f=false

23. 1900 United States Census, s.v. “James H. Craddock,” Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska, accessed through HeritageQuestOnline.com.

24. 1910 United States Census, s.v. “James H. Craddock,” Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, accessed through HeritageQuestOnline.com.

25. Omaha: The Gate City and Douglas County, Nebraska. Vol. II. Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1917, 254.

26. “James H. Craddock Dies: Was Well-known Architect and Important Early Day Political Figure,” Morning World Herald (March 17, 1932).

27. Richard L. Metcalfe, “Jim Craddock: A Helper of Men,” Morning World Herald (March 17, 1932).

28. The Royal Highlander VI:10 (April 1902): 5.

29. School Board Journal (February 1905), 28.

30. School Board Journal (April 1907), 27.

31. School Board Journal (December 1910), 32.

32. School Board Journal (May 1910), 31.

33. School Board Journal (July 1910), 36.

34. School Board Journal (June 1911), 45.

35. School Board Journal (July 1911), 50.

36. School Board Journal (August 1911), 42.

37. School Board Journal (March 1911), 53.

38. James B. Haynes, History of the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition of 1898 ([Omaha]: Committee on History, 1910), 160.

39. “Proposals to Mr. G. L. Shumway, Land Commissioner on Panel Equipment for Concrete Swine Building,” compiled from plans prepared by James H. Craddock & Company, Omaha, Nebraska (November 5, 1917). Keystone Steel & Wire Company, Peoria, Illinois.

40. "Omaha, Nebraska," American Contractor 32:21 (May 27, 1911): 63.

41. The addition was to Edward's father's original house, built in 1886 by Joel Cornish. "Alterations and Addition To Residence of E. J. Cornish, Esq., SW Cor. 10th & Williams Sts. J H Craddock, Architect, Omaha, Nebr.," copies of plans on file, Restoration Exchange Omaha (REO), Omaha, Nebraska. The date is based upon articles concerning the work, including “Purely Personal,” Omaha World-Herald (September 16, 1909): 3, and “Year of King Ak-Sar-Ben XIV Shows Wonderful Progress,” Omaha Daily Bee, “Automobile Section,” (September 26, 1909): 3. Research courtesy of Patrick Thompson, architectural historian, Restoration Exchange Omaha, submitted April 10-11, 2017.

42. "Craddock & Woods, Architects," Lincoln (Nebraska) Evening Call (May 4, 1889), 8; "Notice of Dissolution," Daily News (December 23, 1889), 4.

43. "Built by a Master Hand. The Tasteful Design and Substantial Construction of a Lincoln Residence," (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (September 1, 1886), 8.

44. J. H. Craddock, "St. Patrick; RC Church at O'Neill," Interior Blueprint, 1910. In NSHS file.

45. "Gives Guide Rock a Library," The Red Cloud (Nebraska) Chief (May 17, 1917), 1.

46. "Pleased with their work--State Exposition Commissioners submit a report...Nebraska Building," (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (December 4, 1898), 3.

47. "Commercial Club's Home...New Building Much Needed," (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (May 10, 1903), 8.

48. "Wayne Normal," Omaha (Nebraska) Daily Bee (April 24, 1911), 5.

49. "Wayne State Normal," (Lincoln, Nebraska) Sunday State Journal (October 12, 1913), A-3.

50. "Notice to Contractors," (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (April 26, 1914), 8.

51. Sister Loretta Gosen, History of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, 1887-1987 (Catholic Bishop of Lincoln: Lincoln, Nebraska, 1986), 133.

52. Improvement Bulletin (September 21, 1901), 17.

53. "Geneva's New High School Building," The Geneva Gazette (Geneva, Nebraska) (May 19, 1905), 1.

54. "The Fraternity Building," The Courier (Lincoln, Nebraska) (February 22, 1902), 10 (illustrated with rendering).

55. "Dr. A. O. Faulkner will build a residence...at Fortieth and South streets," (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (April 29, 1900), 10; "People You Know" ("Several hundred ladies were entertained...at 'Park Hill,' the beautiful new home of Dr. and Mrs. A. O Faulkner, Fortieth and South streets," (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (October 23, 1901), 6; "Flowers, Vines and Trees Beautify the Homes of Lincoln" (including account and photograph "The Beautiful Suburban Residence of A. O. Faulkner"), Lincoln (Nebraska) Star (August 1, 1903), 14.

56. "J. H. Craddock," The Courier (Lincoln, Nebraska) (May 24, 1902), 5.

57. "New Buildings Are Many…A Large Amount of Money Expended on New Homes, Public Buildings, Churches and Warehouses," (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (July 21, 1901), 11.

58. "All Kick. Three Public Service Corporations Object to Assessment Made by Commissioner," Lincoln (Nebraska) Daily News (June 12, 1903), 6. Sharp protests assessment of property at 1245 J, "as it was not enclosed April 1st, and is not now fully complete."

59. "Important Deal in Realty...Building Notes," (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (July 23, 1899), 10.

60. "More or less Personal," (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (June 15, 1900), 4; "Daily Drift," (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (July 21, 1900), 4 and (August 11, 1900), 4.

61. (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (February 28, 1902), 6 (regarding the wedding of Miss Maude B. Ewing at the home of her mother, Mrs. Ellen L. Ewing [sometimes Ewin], 126 S. 28th St., Lincoln).

62. (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (December 4, 1903), 18.

63. Improvement Bulletin (May 5, 1900), 19.

64. "Hotels and Hospitals...Grand Island, Neb.," Improvement Bulletin (August 5, 1899), 11.

65. "Churches...Holland, Neb.," Improvement Bulletin (June 27, 1903), 21.

66. "Articles of incorporation for the 'Unknown Knight' publishing company...Capital Stock $500." Lincoln (Nebraska) News (June 26, 1886), 4.

67. "East Lincoln," (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (May 27, 1888), 6.

68. Lincoln city directory, "Miscellaneous," listing of "Trades and Labor Unions," (1880), 66.

69. "The Board of Education...Plans for the New Building in Northeast Lincoln," (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (March 4, 1890), 6.

70. "Planning for a New School Building," (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (August 1, 1896), 3.

71. "Look Over the Plans...Seven Sets Are Submitted," The Evening News (Lincoln, Nebraska) (April 22, 1897), 1.

72. "By the Way" (note on plans submitted to board of public lands and buildings), The Evening Post (Lincoln, Nebraska) (May 15, 1897), 8.

73. "Preparbtory [sic] School is Retained. University Regents Will Continue the Work Carried Last Year," (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (August 4, 1897), 3.

74. Lincoln city directory, 1887, "James H. Craddock, architect."

75. "Newspapers...The Unknown Knight," Weekly (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (March 25, 1887), 2-3.

76. Lincoln city directory, 1886, "James Craddock, carpenter."

77. "Legal Notices. The Board of Education of...Aurora, Nebraska...", Omaha (Nebraska) Daily Bee (March 29, 1908), 30.

78. "Notice to Contractors," Ashland (Nebraska) Gazette (February 17, 1905), 5.

79. "Board Lets Contract. James H. Craddock of Lincoln will Draw Plans for New School Building," Webster County Argus (Red Cloud, Nebraska) (May 17, 1907), 5.

80. "Bonds for a Power Canal...Omaha Notes," (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (March 21, 1908), 13.

81. "Catholic Church Dedication" (full page with exterior and interior photos), The Fairbury (Nebraska) News (May 21, 1909), 3.

82. "James H. Craddock of Omaha, architect for the new school house, was here...," Cook (Nebraska) Weekly Courier (July 2, 1909), 5.

83. "Catholics Lay Cornerstone on Thursday," Kearney (Nebraska) Daily Hub (November 18, 1909), 2.

84. "Normal Notes--Interesting Doings at the Institution During the Past Week," The Kearney (Nebraska) Weekly Times (May 11, 1911), 4.

85. "Tenders New Years Gift. Modern Building to be Erected on Central Avenue by Messrs Downing and Crossley," Kearney (Nebraska) Morning Times (December 20, 1911), 1.

86. "Notice to Bidders," The Minden (Nebraska) News (May 2, 1913), 5.

87. "Local News," Kearney (Nebraska) Democrat (February 25, 1915), 8; "Notice to Contractors," Lincoln (Nebraska) Star (March 6, 1915), 7.

88. "Pavillion [sic] in Miller Park. Plans for this Structure were Drawn by Architect James H. Craddock Democratic Nominee For State Senator," (Omaha) Nebraska Democrat (July 24, 1920), 4 (illustrated with rendering and interior).

89. "C. of C. Board Meet in Regular Session," Falls City (Nebraska) Daily News (September 14, 1923), 1; "Will Finish Cornice On Hotel This Week," Falls City (Nebraska) Journal (October 24, 1924), 1.

90. "Craddock Designed Buildings Are Good Buildings," Falls City (Nebraska) Journal (November 17, 1925), 5 (advertisement).

91. "Cornerstone of Memorial Will Be Laid Sunday. Construction of $15,000 Memorial Gymnasium Is Advancing at Rapid Rate," Falls City (Nebraska) Journal (October 29, 1924), 1; "Tiehen Memorial Gym To Be Dedicated," Falls City (Nebraska) Journal (July 17, 1925), 1.

92. "Notice to Contractors" (re Geneva School), Omaha (Nebraska) Daily Bee (November 13, 1904), 3.

93. "Lincoln Architect Comes," Omaha (Nebraska) Daily News (August 3, 1907), 1; "Bungalows--New Architect Would Make a Specialty of This Class," Omaha (Nebraska) Daily News (August 27, 1907), 1; "Bungalow Craze in Omaha," Omaha (Nebraska) Daily Bee (August 28, 1907), 7.

94. "Omaha Architects the Ones," Omaha (Nebraska) Daily Bee (October 19, 1907), 11.

95. "Local Mention," North Platte (Nebraska) Daily Telegraph (June 8, 1908), 1.

96. Republican-Register (Aurora, Nebraska) (August 31, 1906), 5 (column 4).

97. "Consecrated to its Service--First Congregational Church Building is Formally Dedicated September 9, 1906," Republican-Register (Aurora, Nebraska) (September 14, 1906), 1 (illustrated).

98. Postcard (1909 postmark) with rendering of Aurora Business College, inscribed "J. H. Craddock Archt. Lincoln. Omaha." Zimmer Collection.

99. "Educational...Callaway, Neb.," Improvement Bulletin (February 22, 1908), 21.

100. "Notice to Contractors," Omaha (Nebraska) Daily Bee (May 20, 1909), 11.

101. "Builders Notes," Omaha (Nebraska) Daily News (October 12, 1913), 32.

102. "Work on Peru Building to Begin at Early Date," Omaha (Nebraska) Daily Bee (July 9, 1914), 3.

103. "Legal Notices [calling for]...sealed bids for the erection of a R. C. church at Burwell, Neb.," Omaha (Nebraska) Daily Bee (August 17, 1914), 7.

104. "New State House Talk at Lincoln. Special Committee Named to Recommend Action in Regard to Settling Wing. Craddock Looks It Over," Omaha (Nebraska) Daily Bee (November 15, 1916), 3.

105. "Obtain Plans for New State House Building," Omaha (Nebraska) Daily News (November 24, 1916), 15.

106. "Notice to Contractors," Omaha (Nebraska) Daily Bee (February 21, 1919), 10.

107. "Nebraska. Omaha...High & Grade School...Anthon, Ia.," American Contractor (May 20, 1916), 87.

108. "Nebraska. Omaha...Store (ready to wear goods)...Kearney," American Contractor (December 2, 1916), 93.

109. "Dr. Smith Will Build," Nebraska Signal (Geneva, Nebraska) (December 15, 1905), 5.

110. "Personal," (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (November 17, 1907), 8.

111. "Vine Church Dedicated--Congregational Edifice at Twenty-Fifth and S," (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (September 16, 1907), 5 (illustrated with photo).

112. "The Bungalow Craze," (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (September 1, 1907), 4.

113. "Board of Education," Harvard (Nebraska) Courier (July 13, 1907), 5.

114. "Local News," The Sutton (Nebraska) News (February 1, 1907), 8.

115. "Edgar High School. Our New School Building. A Few Facts Concerning the Inception and Erection of Our High School Building," Edgar (Nebraska) Post (September 18, 1906), 1 (illustrated).

116. "Vine Congregational Church," (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (June 10, 1906), 12 (illustrated with rendering).

117. "J. H. Craddock, an architect, was down from Lincoln...drawing up the plans for the new Odd Fellows building," Nuckolls County Herald (Nelson, Nelson) (April 19, 1906), 1.

118. "A Corner Stone Laid," Hamilton County Register (Aurora, Nebraska) (November 24, 1905), 5.

119. "New Home of Highlanders--Elaborate Dedicatory Exercises Marked the Opening of Aurora Building," Lincoln (Nebraska) Star (November 20, 1905), 6.

120. Mention of contractor for Sutton Catholic church "of which J. H. Craddock is the architect," The Hastings (Nebraska) Tribune (November 10, 1905), 7.

121. "New Church of the Visitation, O'Connor, Nebraska. Dedicated...1905," The Greely (Nebraska) Citizen (October 27, 1905), 4 (illustrated with rendering).

122. "Ashland. It's [sic] Resources and Prospects Prosperity of Town and County," Ashland (Nebraska) Gazette (July 28, 1905), 1 (illustrated with rendering).

123. "Notice to Contractors," Stanton (Nebraska) Register (June 2, 1905), 4.

124. "New Sacred Heart Church--Its Dedication and a Brief History of the Parish," Leader-Independent (Greeley, Nebraska) (June 1, 1905), 1 (illustrated with exterior and interior photographs).

125. "Contractors Are Very Busy--Buildings are to Be Erected in All Sections of the State This Season," Lincoln (Nebraska) Star (April 8, 1905), 7.

126. "New Catholic Church Dedicated," The Friend (Nebraska) Telegraph (July 1, 1904), 2 (illustrated with rendering).

127. "A Hurried Trip to West A Street School," Lincoln (Nebraska) Star (May 25, 1904), 6.

128. "Patrons Volunteered to Aid School Board," Lincoln (Nebraska) Star (May 3, 1904), 10.

129. "The New St. Stephens' Church at Exeter," Exeter (Nebraska) Enterprise (September 14, 1901), 8.

130. Note on new Catholic church in Cambridge, Nebraska, "to be built according to plans furnished by J. H. Craddock of Lincoln...to cost $4,759," The Weekly Courier (McCook, Nebraska) (October 20, 1898), 5.

131. "Prescott's New School. Board Makes Contract for $10,600 Building of Six Rooms," Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa) (April 29, 1914), 3.

132. "Bids Wanted," Sioux City (Iowa) Journal (August 14, 1913), 11.

133. "Special Notices. Notice to Contractors--School, Oto, IA," Sioux City (Iowa) Journal (May 31, 1913), 15.


The editors thank Patrick Thompson, architectural historian with Restoration Exchange Omaha (REO), for additional project attributions and citations, February 13, 2017, and April 10-11, 2017.

Page Citation

D. Murphy & E. F. Zimmer, “James Henry Craddock (1856-1932), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, January 20, 2022. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, December 11, 2023.

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