John Joseph Tewhill, Jr. (1922-2009), Architect

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1951-2007

John Joseph Tewhill, Jr. was born in Northampton, Massachusetts on July 20, 1922. Before studying architecture, Tewhill attended Massachusetts State College, receiving his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1942, whereupon he served as 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army until 1946. Tewhill then attended Cornell University, where he earned his Bachelor of Architecture in 1950.[3] In the same year, Tewhill began working for the firm John Latenser & Sons, in Omaha. Tewhill died in Omaha in 2009.[4][b]

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, 1955-1976

Educational & Professional Associations

1942: Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, Massachusetts State College.[3]

1942-1946: 1st Lieutenant, U.S. Army.[3]

1950: Bachelor of Architecture, Cornell University.[3]

1950-1954: draftsman, John Latenser & Sons, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.[3][a]

1954: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska, A-326, December 18, 1954.[1]

1955-1969: architect, John Latenser & Sons, Omaha, Nebraska.

1970: architect, Robert Bruce Widstrom, Omaha, Nebraska.

1971-1976: vice president, Robert Bruce Widstrom, Omaha, Nebraska.

1977-1985: president, John J. Tewhill & Associates, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1986-1993: president, Tewhill Kalvelage & Associates, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

No 1994 directory.

1995: no profession listed, Omaha, Nebraska.

1996-1997: retired, Omaha, Nebraska.

Other Associations

1977: employed Harlan R. Faust, draftsman.

1982: employed Frederick Henry Kalvelage, Jr., architect.

Buildings & Projects


a. First Omaha directory listing, 1950.

b. Reference [2] says he died in May 2007.


1. “Professional license results for John Joseph Tewhill, Jr.,” Nebraska State Board of Engineers and Architects Website, accessed August 6, 2008, <>

2. “In Memory / John J. Tewhill, Jr., AIA,” AIA NE Update LXXI (June 8, 2007), accessed September 26, 2008, <>

3. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory Second Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1962), 698, accessed April 4, 2010,

4. The Nebraska Professional (September 2009), 7.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “John Joseph Tewhill, Jr. (1922-2009), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, March 31, 2015. Accessed, July 13, 2020.

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