John Kiewit (1866-1952), Architect

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Omaha, Nebraska

John Kiewit was born in April 1866 in Iowa; then he lived in Omaha for 74 years, working as an architect. He was married to Martha, with whom he had five children, and he was the uncle of the Omaha contractor Peter Kiewit. John Kiewit died in 1952.[3][4][5] He is not found in the 1920 federal census.

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, 1896, 1899, 1900-1915, 1925

Educational & Professional Associations

1866-1893: Not listed, Omaha, Nebraska.

1896-1915: architect, Omaha, Nebraska.[3][a]

1910: architect, John Kiewit, South Omaha, Nebraska.[4]

1925: architect, Omaha, Nebraska.[b]

Buildings & Projects


Dwelling for H. Lehman (1889), 3217 Poppleton Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[1:164][2] (DO09:0204-092)

A. D. Marriot house (1899), 1720 S 32nd Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[1:89][2] (DO09:0202-019)

Apartment (1900), 324 Park Ave./2952 Harney St., Omaha, Nebraska.[2] (DO09:0209-066)

House (1900), 314 Park Ave., Omaha, Nebraska.[2] (DO09:0209-065)

Mrs. G. N. Clayton house (1901), 516 Park Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[1][2] (DO09:0207-034)

Building (1903), 521 S. 22nd St., Omaha, Nebraska.[2] (DO09:0122-028)

Garage for Colonel Curtis and Dr. Mercer (1911-1912), 22nd & Farnham St., Omaha, Nebraska.[6]

Garage for Colonel Curtis and Dr. Mercer (1911-1912), 22nd & Farnham St., Omaha, Nebraska.[6]

Residence for Mrs. Mary Hemann (1911-1912), 24th & D Ave., South Omaha, Nebraska.[6]

Lodge Building for Bohemian Turners Society (1911-1912), 21st & U St., South Omaha, Nebraska.[6]

Theater Supply Building (1921), 1502 Davenport St, Omaha, Nebraska.[2] (DO09:0125-008)


St. Mary’s Catholic Church (n.d.), Omaha, Nebraska.[5]

Wheeler Memorial Presbyterian Church (n.d.), Omaha, Nebraska.[5]


a. First Omaha directory listing, 1896.

b. Last Omaha directory listing, 1925.


1. Landmarks, Inc., An Inventory of Historic Omaha Buildings (Omaha: City of Omaha and Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission, 1980), 155.

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

3. 1900 United States Census, s.v. “John Kiewit,” Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, accessed through

4. 1910 United States Census, s.v. “John Kiewit,” South Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, accessed through

5. “John Kiewit, 86, Dies; Uncle Of Contractor,” Lincoln Star (August 26, 1952), 7.

6. "Omaha, Nebraska," American Contractor 32:21 (May 27, 1911): 63.

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Page Citation

D. Murphy, “John Kiewit (1866-1952), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, February 2, 2015. Accessed, October 14, 2019.

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