Kenneth Hayde Gedney (1895-1980), Architect

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Hastings, Nebraska, 1920-1940; Kansas City, Missouri, 1920-1940; Washington D.C., 1941-1956
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Kenneth Gedney, 1918.

DBA: K. H. Gedney Company, Architects, Hastings, Nebraska, 1928-1939.

Kenneth Hayde Gedney was born in Kansas City, Missouri on December 15, 1895 to William and Pearl Holcomb Gedney.[3][7] Gedney studied architecture at the University of Kansas from 1914-1917, and he was married to Helen Matticks the next year, with whom he had three sons and a daughter. During his career, Gedney was President of the Rotary Club in 1928, as well as a Member Masonic & Shriner at AAONMS in 1930. He also held offices in the American Society for Heating & Air Conditioning Engineers from 1920-32, and was a Member of the Washington-Metro Chapter of the AIA. He was registered in Montana, Nebraska, and Texas.[1][8]

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

Hastings, 1924,1928,1930, 1932, 1937, 1939

Educational & Professional Associations

1914-1918: student, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.[1][3]

1917-1919: First Lieutenant, 360th Infantry, 90th Division AEF, army of occupation.[3][7]

1920-1921: administrative engineer, Gedney Construction Company, Kansas City and Hastings.[3][7]

1922-1940: owner, K. H. Gedney Co, Architects, Hastings, Nebraska, and Kansas City, Missouri.[1][3][7]

1937: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska, A-24; December 28, 1937.[9]

1941-1955: Kenneth H. Gedney, Consultant to Construction Industry, Seattle, Washington and Washington, D.C.[1][8][a]

Other Associations

1935-1938: employed Albert William Meinzen.[2]

Architectural Study Travel

Philippine Islands, Japan, Okinawa, Hong Kong, Thailand, Korea, Singapore, Germany, and France.[1]

Buildings & Projects

Telephone Building (1922), 355 N. Commercial Ave., Superior, Nebraska.[6] (NU13-718)

Park Court (1922-1923), East 9th St, Hastings, Nebraska.[4] (AD04-413)

Receiving Building (1925), Hastings Regional Center, Hastings, Nebraska.[5]

Mullett Building (1925), 134 E. Third St., Superior, Nebraska.[6] (NU13-730)

Longfellow Elementary School (1926-1927), Hastings, Nebraska. (AD04-223)

Elks Bldg (1928), 5th & Denver, Hastings, Nebraska. (AD04-135)

New Ward Building (ca. 1935-1938), Hastings State Hospital, Ingleside, Nebraska.[2]

City Hall and Auditorium (1936-1937), 450- N. Commercial Ave., Superior, Nebraska.[6] (NU13-734)


a. AIA (1956) gives his home address in Omaha, and his office address in Washington, D.C.[1] He was not, however, listed in Omaha directories for 1940, 1942, or 1945, nor locally (Hastings, Kearney, Grand Island, or Lincoln) in the 1940s.


1. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory First Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1956), 192, accessed March 3, 2010,

2. Application of Albert William Meinzen for Registration to Practice Professional Engineering and Architecture, Nebraska State Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Architects, December 14, 1937. Nebraska State Historical Society RG081 SG2.

3. Dorothy Weyer Creigh, Adams County: The People, 1872-1972 (Hastings: Adams County-Hastings Centennial Commission, 1971), 87.

4. Dorothy Weyer Creigh, Adams County: The Story, 1872-1972 (Hastings: Adams County-Hastings Centennial Commission, 1972), 119.

5. Dorothy McDermott Einsel, “Hastings Regional Center,” Dorothy Weyer Creigh, Adams County: The Story, 1872-1972 (Hastings: Adams County-Hastings Centennial Commission, 1972), 796.

6. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, “Superior Downtown Historic District.” See National Register narrative

7. Who’s Who in Nebraska, 1940, accessed April 10, 2012,

8. “Mrs. K. H. Gedney, Former Hastings Resident, Dies,” Lincoln Star (December 21, 1950), 2.

9. “Professional license results for Kenneth H. Gedney,” State of Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects website, accessed October 29, 2013,

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Kenneth Hayde Gedney (1895-1980), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, October 25, 2017. Accessed, August 12, 2020.

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