Joseph P. Guth (1860-1928), Architect

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1885-1928

Joseph P. Guth was born around 1860 in Germany and immigrated to the United states in 1884.[13] He moved to Omaha in 1886 from Cleveland to pursue his career in architecture.[4][10] Guth began business in Omaha as a partner of the firm, Dietrick & Guth. Guth was also a civil engineer, working in superintending as well as architecture; he supervised much of the construction for the Storz and Krug Brewing companies in Omaha, as well as several fire stations.[4][11] He was a member of numerous German societies.[11]. He died in April of 1928, and was survived by his wife, Isabella, and two daughters, Mrs. C. R. (Anna) Geisler and Miss Julia B. Guth.[10][11][13]

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.

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St John’s German Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1902 (D. Murphy)

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Omaha, Nebraska, 1891-1928

Educational & Professional Associations

1886-1890: architect, Dietrick & Guth, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.[10]

1891-1928: architect and superintendent, 516-517 Paxton block, Omaha, Nebraska.

Other Associations

1902: employed F. William Krelle, draftsman.

1907-1910: employed William M. Nevotti, draftsman.

Buildings & Projects


House (1890), 4202 Cuming St., Omaha, Nebraska. (DO09:0326-007)

Building (1892), 1502-04 Webster, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0127-021)

Tavern (1897), 4024 N 24th, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0229-008)

Building (1897), 822 N 16th, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0130-034)

Building (1897), 824 N 16th, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0130-035)

Building (1897), 1514 or 1516 Webster, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0127-024)

Prague Hotel (1898), 1402 S 13th St, Omaha, Nebraska.[5:47][6][7] (DO09:0117-003) National Register narrative

Commercial Building (1899), 1260 S 13th, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0117-091)

St John’s German Evangelical Lutheran Church (1902), Lyons vicinity, Burt County, Nebraska.[7][12][b] (BT00-009) National Register narrative

Francis House (1902), 1902 Cuming, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0130-059)

House (1902), 1224 S 10th, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0117-124)

Commercial Building (1902), 4002 Hamilton, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0327-024)

Medlar (Fepco) Building (1903), 416 S 14th, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0121-044)

Oscar Berndes house (1904), 1031 N 34th, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0216-032)

Building (1904), 3924 Florence Blvd, Omaha, Nebraska.[6]

Tavern (1904), 1624 Nicholas, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0130-058)

House (1904), 1214 S 10th, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0117-127)

House (1904), 1429 S 15th, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0115-038)

House (1905), 1220 S 10th, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0117-125)

Morningstar Baptist Church (1906), 2053 N 20th, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0136-007)

Building (1906), 536 S 26th Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0207-012)

Building (1906), 554 or 560 S 26th Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0207-014)

Building (ca. 1906), 545-51 S 27th, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0207-013) [possible attribution]

House (1907), 1012 S 22nd, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0120-023)

Multiple Dwelling (1907), 1405 S 16th, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0117-034)

Building (1907), 2028-32 Lake, Omaha, Nebraska.[6]

Schuyler City-Fire Hall (1908-1909), 203 E. 11th, Schuyler, Nebraska.[7] (CX06-002) National Register narrative

Commercial Building (1908), 420 S 13th, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0121-047)

Steiner Rowhouse #1 (1909) 638-40-42 S. 19th, Omaha, Nebraska.[7] (DO09:0122-053) National Register narrative

Flora Burkenroad house (1909), 2060 Florence Blvd, Omaha, Nebraska.[5:123][6] (DO09:0136-008)

St. Bonaventure Catholic School (1910), Raeville, Nebraska.[7] (BD09-001)

Charles H. Haarmann house (1910), 1722 S 29th St, Omaha, Nebraska.[5:75][6] (DO09:0201-006)

William H. Schmoller house (1910), 3402 Woolworth Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[5:181][6] (DO09:0204-078)

William Schmoller house (1910), 1336 Turner Blvd, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0204-009)

Rowhouse (1910), 2967-69 Harris, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0204-128)

Building (1910), 604-06 S 36th, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0208-037)

Steiner Rowhouse No. 2 (1911), 1906-08-10 Jones St., Omaha, Nebraska.[7] (DO09:0122-050) National Register narrative

Ye Old Junke Shop (1911), 2025 N 16th, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0133-001)

Commercial Building (1911), 723 S 27th, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0207-026)

Bank Building for A.D. Schermerhorn (1911), Norfolk, Nebraska.[14]

Egress & O Flying Plant (1912), 801 S 15th St, Omaha, Nebraska.[5:48][6][7] (DO09:0119-001) National Register narrative

Druid Hall (1914-1915), 2412 Ames Ave, Omaha, Nebraska. (DO09:0233-003)

Atlantic City Hall (1916), Atlantic, Iowa.[9:457]

House (1916), 3151 Davenport, Omaha, Nebraska.[6][a] (DO09:0212-068)

Commercial Building (1917), 1112 Douglas, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0123-067)

B. H. Post Building (1918), 6214 Maple, Omaha, Nebraska.[5:144][6][8] (DO09:0559-004)

House (1918) [1.5s, 30x46], Maynard, Nebraska.[8]

Garage (remodel theatre) for Cassell Realty (1918), 1314-1316 Harney, Omaha, Nebraska.[8]

Storefront Alt for Cassell Realty (1918), 321 S 14th, Omaha, Nebraska.[8]

Elk’s Club Building (1919), 2420 Lake, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0223-016)

Commercial Building (1920), 1260 S. 13th St., Omaha, Nebraska. (DO09:0117-093)

Shirley Apartments (1922), 3320 California, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0214-002)

Rowhouse (1922), 3601-03 Davenport, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0321-030)

St. Boniface Catholic School (1923), Rural, Menominee, Nebraska.[7] (CD10-001.10) National Register narrative

Boulevard Apartments (1923), 606 S 32nd Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0208-025)

Seymour Apartments (1923), 608 S 32nd Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0208-026)

House (1924), 5405 Nicholas, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0438-185)

Apartment (1924), 3709-11 N 24th, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0144-001)

Harriet Court rowhouse (1925), 137 N 33rd, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0212-011)

Building (1927), 2561 or 2661 Douglas, Omaha, Nebraska.[6] (DO09:0209-012)

Riviera Court Apartments (ca. 1927), Omaha, Nebraska.[1][2]


Dreibus Candy Company Building (n.d.), Omaha, Nebraska.[4]

Omaha Casket Company Building (n.d), Omaha, Nebraska.[4]


a. Built by Charles Bauer & Sons.

b. This church is similar to the one built in 1890-1891, also by Guth, but which burned down in 1901. The earlier church had a 70-foot tower, while the 1901-1902 church has a 90-foot tower.[12]


1. Omaha World Herald (April 24, 1927).

2. Omaha World Herald (June 19, 1927), illus.

3. "J. P. Guth," Pen and Sunlight Sketches of Omaha and Environs (Chicago: Phoenix Publishing Co., 1892), 114.

4. "J. P. Guth, 516 Paxton Block," Omaha Daily Bee (January 1, 1906), 7.

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

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

7. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

8. The American Contractor (March 23, 1918), 60, (This is a fireproof building of brick, terracotta, and concrete; four storeys with a basement, measuring 89 by 139 feet.), accessed through Google Books, January 12, 2012,,+architect,+york+hotel,+nebraska&source=bl&ots=-QV--qNAlx&sig=yQZ--Gvu9ph8VGJ7unfHB-6P9QU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=whYPT97eOov9iQLF9M3fDQ&sqi=2&ved=0CB4Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=f%20w%20clarke%2C%20architect%2C%20york%20hotel%2C%20nebraska&f=false

9. David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. Buildings of Iowa. Society of Architectural Historians, Buildings of the United States (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993).

10. "Joseph P. Guth, Architect, Dead," Omaha Evening Bee (April 24, 1928): 2.

11. "Joseph P. Guth Dies: Architect and Builder Put Up Several Early Fire Stations," Omaha World-Herald (April 25, 1928): 10.

12. "Lyons, Nebraska. St. John's German Evangelical Lutheran Church." Nebraska State Historical Society, Manuscript Collection, RG4245.AM

13. 1900 U. S. Census, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, Omaha Ward 6, District 68, Page 1, Line 97, 2729 Parker Street.

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

Other Sources

Portrait in Omaha Bee, Nebraskans, 1854-1904 (Omaha: Bee Publishing Co., 1904). [978.2.B39n]

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Joseph P. Guth (1860-1928), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, December 18, 2014. Accessed, August 13, 2022.

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