John H. Felt (1867-1938), Architect

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Kansas City, Missouri

DBA: J. H. Felt & Company

John H. Felt was born in August 1867 in Indiana.[4] Self-educated, Felt was a well-known architect in and around Kansas City; he and his associates were responsible for many large public, educational, and religious buildings in Missouri and Kansas.[5] He was married to Kate M., with whom he had a daughter and a son.[2][3][4] Felt died November 1, 1938.[5]

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

ca. 1897-1907: architect, St. Joseph, Missouri.[4][5]

ca. 1907-1927: architect and owner, J. H. Felt & Company, Architects, Kansas City, Missouri.[2][3][5]

1927-1936: architect and partner, Felt, Dunham & Kriehn, Architects, Kansas City, Missouri.[5]

1936-1938: architect and partner, Felt & Kriehn, Architects, Kansas City, Missouri.[5]

Buildings & Projects

District 107 School (1913), West O Street, near Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][7][a]

McCook Elementary School (1924-1925), McCook, Nebraska.[1]

Nebraska City Junior High School (1928), between 8th & 9th on 2nd Corso, Nebraska City, Nebraska. (OT06:A-024)


a. School Board Journal of July 1913 identifies Felt as the architect for a school for District 107 at Lincoln. Nebraska State Journal of December 7, 1913 provides a long article on the dedication of the rural school "located four and one-half miles west of Lincoln on O Street," with a perspective drawing and floor plan.[6][7]


1. Janet Jeffries, Doane College. Email communication with D. Murphy and Ed Zimmer, November 15, 2010.

2. 1920 United States Census, s.v. “John H. Felt,” Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, accessed through

3. 1910 United States Census, s.v. “Jno H. Felt,” Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, accessed through

4. 1900 United States Census, s.v. “John F. Felt,” St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri, accessed through

5. Henry F. Wiley and Elsie Rathburn Withey, “Felt, J.H.,” Biographical Dictionary of American Architects (Deceased) (Los Angeles: Hennessey & Ingalls, Inc., 1970), 206-207.

6. School Board Journal (July 1913), 66.

7. "New Rural School Building. Equipped in a Pleasing Way to Meet Requirements," Nebraska State Journal (December 7, 1913), 20.

Other Sources

M. L. Van Nada, “John Felt, Architect,” The Book of Missourians (1906), 341-342.

Page Citation

D. Murphy and E. Zimmer, “John H. Felt (1867-1938), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, November 11, 2017. Accessed, March 31, 2020.

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