John Hackett Kent (1851- ), Architect & Engineer

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Omaha, Nebraska; Kearney, Nebraska, 1889; Butte, Montana, 1900-1920

DBA: J.H. Kent

John Hackett Kent was a architect practicing in Omaha and Kearney, Nebraska, as well as Butte, Montana. He was born in England and studied at Cambridge University. He was a partner in such firms Bell & Kent and Kent & Shanley, Architects. Kent was well-known for his work on religious buildings, as well as public and government buildings.

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.

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Kearney, Nebraska, 1893

Educational & Professional Associations

1869-1873: Cambridge University, Cambridge, England.[10]

ca. 1874: apprentice, T.C. Hine, England.[10]

1879: architect and surveyor, Chesterfield, Sheffield Wednesday, South Yorkshire, England.[14]

1887: Draughtsman, E. E. Myers & Son, Detroit, Michigan. [3]

1889: Manager and Superintendent, F.M. Ellis, Kearney Office, Nebraska.[2]

1894-1898: Bell & Kent, Architects, Council Bluffs, Iowa.[17]

1898-1903: Bell & Kent, Architects, Helena, Montana.[17]

1908-1911: Kent & Shanley, Architects, Butte, Montana. [9]

1910: J.H. Kent, Architect & Engineer, Butte, Montana. [3]

1910, 1912, 1917-1919, & 1921: J.H. Kent, Architect & Engineer, Salt Lake City, Utah.[15]

1911: architect, Watkins, Birch & Kent, Architects, Salt Lake City, Utah.[15]

1913, 1914, 1916-1918: architect, Headlund & Kent, Architects, Salt Lake City, Utah. [15]

1915: architect, Headlund, Kent & McSweeney, Architects, Salt Lake City, Utah.[15]

Buildings & Projects

First National Bank (1890), corner of 22nd St. and Central Ave., Kearney, Nebraska. [1] (BF05-007)

E.E. Warren Opera House & Store (1896), Greenfield, Iowa.[10][a]

Montana State Capitol (1898), Helena, Montana.[8][a]

J. G. McDonald Chocolate Company Building (1901), 159 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City, Utah.[15][d]

St. Ann's Cathedral (1907), Great Falls, Montana.[5]

Emergency Hospital (1909), Butte, Montana.[7][b]

Great Falls Water & Townsite Co. Hotel (1909), Great Falls, Montana.[7][b]

Hotel for Conrad Land and Investment Company (1909), Valier, Montana.[7][b]

Congregational Church (1909-1910), Great Falls, Montana.[7][b]

St. Matthews Roman Catholic Church (1909-1910), Kalispell, Montana.[7][12][b]

Washington School District #1 Building (1909-1910), Great Falls, Montana.[11][a]

Wheatland County Courthouse (1910), NW 201 A Ave. and NW 2nd St., Harlowton, Montana.[13][16][c]

Patrick Dry Goods Building (1913), 163 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City, Utah.[15][d]

J.G. McDonald Chocolate Company Building Addition (1914), 159 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City, Utah.[15][d]


Deer Lodge County Courthouse (n.d.), Anaconda, Montana. [8][a]

Flathead County Courthouse (n.d.), Kalispell, Montana.[8][a]

Columbus Public School (n.d.), Columbus, Montana. [8][a]

Hotel Havre (n.d.), Havre, Montana.[8][a]

Several Business Blocks (n.d.), Glasgow, Montana.[8][a]


a. These buildings were designed by the firm Bell & Kent, Architects.[8]

b. These buildings were designed by the firm Kent & Shanley, Architects.[7]

c. This building was designed by Kent and Richard E. Wright.[13]

d. These buildings were designed by the firm Headlund & Kent, Architects.[15]


1. “New Bank Building,” Kearney Daily Hub (October 22, 1889), 4.

2. “F.M. Ellis, Architect,” Kearney Daily Hub (June 19, 1889), 3.

3. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.

4. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.

5. Wikipedia contributors, "St. Ann's Cathedral (Great Falls, Montana)," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia,,_Montana)&oldid=760556063 (accessed April 20, 2017).

6. "Architects: A Selected List of Leading Architects in the United States," Engineering Directory (Chicago: The Crawford Publishing Company, 1911), 316.

7. "Hotels & Hospitals" and "Churches," Improvement Bulletin, Vol. 39 (Minnesota: Chapin Publishing Company, 1909)

8. Kirby Lambert, Patricia Mullan Burnham, Susan R. Near, Montana's State Capitol: The People's House (Montana Historical Society, 2002), 10.

9. "Current News Section," The American Architect and Building News, Vol. 93 (New York: James R. Osgood & Company, 1908), 19.

10. Brittany Noel Dieleman, "The historic rehabilitation of the E.E. Warren Opera House in Greenfield, Iowa: Design of a cafe, chamber of commerce, and art gallery focused on wayfinding and adaptability" (2014). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. Paper 13741.

11. "Montana," American Architect and Architecture, Volume 95 (American Architect, 1909), 14.

12. "Churches," Improvement Bulletin, Vol. 40 (Minnesota: Chapin Publishing Company, 1910)

13. "Images for Wheatland County, Montana," (2016). Acccessed April 21, 2017 via

14. "Notes From South Yorkshire," Engineering, Vol. 28 (Office for Advertisements and Publication: July 25, 1879), 79. Accessed on Google Books on April 21, 2017.

15. "John Hackett Kent," Utah Center for Architecture, accessed on April 21, 2017 via

16. "Wheatland County", Courthouses.Co (2011), accessed April 25, 2017 via

17. Martin J. Kidston, "Family Affair: The Work and Life of Charles Emlen Bell" Independent Record (June 30, 2002). Accessed April 25, 2017 via

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “John Hackett Kent (1851- ), Architect & Engineer,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, April 19, 2017. Accessed, May 25, 2020.

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