James LeRoy Haberlan (1935-2018), Architect

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Lincoln, Nebraska 1965-2000
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Jim Haberlan, ca. 2000s.

Jim Leroy Haberlan was born on March 4, 1935, in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Eloise and George Haberlan. He attended Lincoln Northeast High School, graduating in 1953, and then received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in 1958. Six years later, on December 5th, 1964, Haberlan became a Registered Professional Architect in Nebraska. In 1965, he began his own architectural firm, Haberlan Associates Architects, which was active until 1984. From about 1969 to the late 1970s, he entered into the Johnson & Haberlan partnership in Lincoln. Jim Haberlan was married to Rosemary, and they had three children, Lane, Laird, and Whitney. He died on January 22, 2018.[2][5]

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

1976-1982: Barrymoore Lounge, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1984-1988: commissioner at Nebraska State Racing Commission, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1989-1990: Not listed in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Educational & Professional Associations

1958: BArch, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.[2]

1964: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska, A-641; December 5, 1964.[4]

1964-1984: Haberlan Associates Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.[5]

1969-19__: Johnson & Haberlan, Lincoln, Nebraska.[2]

1974-2001: opened, owned, and operated Barrymore’s Lounge.[5]

1984: state horseracing commissioner, apt. by Gov. Bob Kerry, Nebraska.[5]

1989-2010: Senior State Steward, Nebraska.[5]

2000: inducted into Northeast High School Hall of Fame (3 sports, 8 letters) NE High School, Lincoln, Nebraska.[5]

2008: Architect Emeritus, Crete, Nebraska.[3]

2010: Emeritus expired May 31, 2010.[4]

Buildings & Projects

Barrymore's Lounge (ca. 1974), remodel of the back stage of the Stuart Theatre, Lincoln, Nebraska.[DM]

Gunny's Retail & Parking Complex Remodel (1975), 13th & Q Sts., Lincoln, Nebraska.[6:64-65][b]


a. 2003: living in Crete.[1]

b. This was done for Haberlan Associates, Architects [6:64]


1. Nebraska State Board of Engineers and Architects Website <http://www.ea.state.ne.us/search/search.cgi> Accessed April 1, 2003.

2. American Institute of Architects, comp. American Architects Directory. Third Ed. New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1970, p. 361. http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/1970%20American%20Architects%20Directory.aspx [accessed 20100404]

3. The Nebraska Professional (Spring-Summer 2008): 7.

4. State of Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects website, Professional license results for Jim L. Haberlan: http://www.ea.ne.gov/search/search.php?page=details&lic=A641 Accessed November 12,, 2013.

5. “Jim Haberlan” Lincoln Journal Star (January 26, 2018), A4. Accessed January 31, 2018 via http://journalstar.com/lifestyles/announcements/obituaries/jim-haberlan/article_47d3bbeb-22ef-523c-85a3-b7a230ad8506.html

6. Steve Eveans, et. al., New Architecture in Nebraska, from the Nebraska Society of Architects & the American Institute of Architects (Omaha, Nebraska: 1977).

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Page Citation

D. Murphy, “James LeRoy Haberlan (1935-2018), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, February 6, 2018. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, December 7, 2022.

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