James Stephen Caples (1911-2000), Architect

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1958; Washington, D. C., 1966-____

James Stephen Caples was born at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas on July 12, 1911. He attended Yale University in 1938, receiving his B.F.A. in Architecture. Caples then served in the U.S. Air Force as a Colonel from 1941-1966, receiving the Legion of Merit in his last year of service. Other accolades he received include the Order of the Cloud Banner in China (1946), and the Order of the British Empire (1949). Caples died in Alexandria City, Virginia on November 12, 2000.[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, 1958

Educational & Professional Associations

1938: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.[1]

1941-1966: Colonel, US Air Force.[1]

1950: Member, National Society of Professional Engineers.[1]

1958: officer in charge, US Air Force Installation Representative, Omaha, Nebraska.

1958: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska, A-448; November 1, 1958.[2]

1966-____: The Perkins & Will Partnership, Washington, D.C. [1]

Buildings & Projects

Honors and Awards

1946: Order of the Cloud and Banner, China.[1]

1949: Order of the British Empire.[1]

1966: Legion of Merit.[1]



1. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory, Third Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1970), accessed April 4, 2010, http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/1970%20American%20Architects%20Directory.aspx

2. “Professional license results for James S. Caples,” State of Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects website, accessed October 15, 2014, http://www.ea.ne.gov/search/search.php?page=details&lic=A448

3. “James S. Caples (569-07-4752),” issued in California, U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 [database on-line] (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2011).

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “James Stephen Caples (1911-2000), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, October 9, 2014. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, March 31, 2020.

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