John Adolph Emil Eberson (1875-1954), Architect

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Hamilton, Ohio, 1904-1910; Chicago, Illinois, 1916-1920; New York City, 1926-1950

John Emil Adolph Eberson was born on January 2, 1875 in Cernauti, Bukovina, Austria.[4][5][9][10] He immigrated to America around 1901 and settled in St. Louis, Missouri, and eventually lived and worked in several U.S. cities. He is known for building "atmospheric" theaters, of which he designed several across the country. He built several buildings for Loew's Theater Chain until he moved to New York in 1926. Eberson was married to Beatrice Salina Lamb in 1903, and had they three children: Drew, who joined the firm with his father in 1928, and two daughters, Elsa and Lora. He continued building theaters through the 1930s and 1940s, and his design became more Art Deco. Eberson passed away in March of 1954, and his son Drew continued the firm under the same name until the 1970s.[10]

This page is a contribution to the publication, Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. See the Format and contents of Nebraska architect entries page for more information on the compilation and page organization.

Educational & Professional Associations

1904-1910: architect, Hamilton, Ohio.[5][7][8]

1916-1920: architect, Chicago, Illinois.[4][6]

Buildings & Projects

Paramount (Astro) (Riviera) Theater (1926-1930), 2001 Farnam, Omaha, Nebraska.[1][2][3] (DO09:0124-012) National Register narrative

Capitol Theater (1927) south side 2nd between Pine & Locust, Grand Island, Nebraska. (HL06-013)



1. Landmarks, Inc., An Inventory of Historic Omaha Buildings (Omaha: City of Omaha and Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission, 1980), 122.

2. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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

4. 1920 United States Census, s.v. “John Eberson,” Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, accessed through

5. 1910 United States Census, s.v. “John Eberson,” Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio, accessed through

6. Chicago City Directory, 1916.

7. Hamilton City Directory, 1908.

8. Hamilton City Directory, 1914.

9. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005.

10. "John Adolph Emil Eberson" Accessed February 27, 2018 via

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Page Citation

D. Murphy, “John Adolph Emil Eberson (1875-1954), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, January 27, 2018. Accessed, May 26, 2020.

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