Joseph E. Dietrick (1853-1916), Architect

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1880-1915

Joseph E. Dietrick was born on May 25, 1853 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[3][4][5][6] He moved to Lincoln, Nebraska around 1876 to work in the Burlington engineering department. Four years later, he moved to Omaha and was employed there at Union Pacific until the creation of a firm with Joseph Guth.[5][6] Dietrick was a founding partner of Dietrick & Guth, Architects, after whose dissolution he continued to practice independently. His wife was named Maggie and he had three daughters with her, Mary, Anna, and Lucy.[3][4] Three weeks after his wife, Joseph Dietrick died on November 6, 1916 in Omaha.[5][6]

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, 1891-1916

Educational & Professional Associations

1876-1880: engineering department, Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad, Lincoln, Nebraska.[5[6]]]

1880-1887: engineer, Union Pacific Railroad, Omaha, Nebraska.[5][6]

1887-1890: architect and partner, Dietrick & Guth, Omaha, Nebraska.

1891-1895: architect, Omaha, Nebraska.

1896: Not listed, Omaha, Nebraska.

1897-1915: architect, Omaha, Nebraska.[d]

Buildings & Projects

Saunders House (1891), 3824 N. 24th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[2] (DO09:0229-001)

Fred Terry house (1892), 1036 S 32nd St, Omaha, Nebraska.[1][2] (DO09:0206-029)

James A. Sunderland house (1892), 1329 S 32nd St, Omaha, Nebraska.[1][2] (DO09:0204-100)

C. A. Baldwin house (1892), 1522 S 32nd Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[1][2] (DO09:0202-012)

Edward Reed house (1892), 2417 Pierce, Omaha, Nebraska.[1][2] (DO09:0203-022)

House (1894), 3136 Chicago St, Omaha, Nebraska.[2][a] (DO09:0212-054)

Daniel Cameron house (1895), 1936 S 33rd St, Omaha, Nebraska.[1][2] (DO09:0200-006)

C. Hughes house (1896), 1624 S 32nd Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[1][2] (DO09:0202-014)

Telocvicna Jednota Sokol Sin / Sokol Hall (1899), 2216 S 13th, Omaha, Nebraska.[2][b] (DO09:0113-008)

Rowhouse (1900), 1301 S 28th St, Omaha, Nebraska.[2] (DO09:0203-027)

Mrs. J. Boyd house (1901), 1302 Park Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[1][2] (DO09:0203-017)

W. A. Case house (1904), 3408 Hawthorne Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[2] (DO09:0216-011)

Constantine J. Smyth house (1906), 3807 Burt, Omaha, Nebraska.[1][2][c] (DO09:0323-005)

Commercial Building (1911), 1227 S 13th St, Omaha, Nebraska.[2] (DO09:0117-097)


a. Listed as J.E. in NEHBS.

b. Listed as James P. in NEHBS and Omaha Architect’s database.

c. Address shown as 710 N. 38th in NEHBS and Omaha Architect’s database.

d. Last Omaha directory listing, 1915.

e. Not found in 1880 or 1920 federal census in Nebraska.


1. Landmarks, Inc., An Inventory of Historic Omaha Buildings (Omaha: City of Omaha and Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission, 1980), 86, 84, 87, 87, 161, 93, 88, 159, 107.

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. “Joseph Dietrick,” Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, accessed through

4. 1910 United States Census, s.v. “Joseph E. Dietrick,” Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, accessed through

5. "Joseph E. Dietrick" Accessed January 25, 2018 via

6. "J.E. Dietrick, Pioneer Architect, Is Dead" Omaha World-Herald (November 7, 1916), 1.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Joseph E. Dietrick (1853-1916), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, January 25 2018. Accessed, June 3, 2020.

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