Kimball, Steele & Sandham, Architects

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1928-1945


Thomas Rogers Kimball

William LaBarthe Steele

Josiah Dow Sandham (1880-1969), Architect

Kimball, Steele & Sandham was an architectural firm that practiced in Omaha, Nebraska. They were a prolific firm and especially did a lot of work across the US for N.W. Bell Telephone Company. Kimball, Steele & Sandham was one in a long line of firms involving Thomas Rogers Kimball.

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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Federal Building, 1932 (Lynn Meyer)

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Omaha, Nebraska, 1928-1945

Lineage of the Firm

1891-1893: Walker, Kimball & Best, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska, and Boston, Massachusetts.

1892-1899: Walker & Kimball, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska, and Boston, Massachusetts.

1900-1928: Thomas Rogers Kimball, Architect, Omaha, Nebraska.

1928-1945: Kimball, Steele & Sandham, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1946-1956: Steele, Sandham & Steele, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1957-1963: Steele, Sandham & Weinstein Company, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1963-1969: Steele, Weinstein & Associates, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1970-1971: Steele & Associates, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

Other Associations

1929-1932: employed Elrey G. Peterson, draftsman.

Buildings & Projects


House (1930), 702 N 56th, Omaha, Nebraska.[3] (DO09:0438-009)

City of Omaha Public Safety Bldg (1931), 7502 N 30th St, Omaha, Nebraska.[2:33]

Federal Office Building (1932), 106 S 15th St, Omaha, Nebraska.[2:48][3][4][5][b][c] (DO09:0123-002) (with George Prinz)

Hotel Fontenelle Alterations (ca.1936-1937), (with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham). [5][b]

Bishop Ryan’s House Alterations and Additions (ca.1937), (with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham). [5][b]

St. John's Catholic Church (1942), Holt County, Nebraska.[1]


St. Cecilia's Cathedral (1900, 1905-1959), 701 N 40th, Omaha, Nebraska. (For Bishop Rummel; finished by Kimball, Steele & Sandham for Thomas R. Kimball.)[4][5][b]

First Church of Christ Scientist (by Kimball, Steele & Sandham for Thomas R. Kimball) Minneapolis, Minnesota.[4][5][b]

Omaha Public Library Elevator Annex, Omaha, Nebraska (with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham, Omaha).[4][5][b]

Fire Station at Florence, Omaha, Nebraska.[4][5][b]

Memorial to W.B.T. Belt Family, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Omaha, Nebraska.[4][5][b]

Receiving Vault, Calvary Group and Altar, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Omaha, Nebraska.[4][5][b]

Memorial to Nathaniel Peabody, Piney Woods, Mississippi.[4][5][b]

Paxton Block (Alterations), Omaha, Nebraska.[4][5][b]

Dr. F. F. Whitcomb Residence, Omaha, Nebraska.[4][5][b]

George Grimes Residence, Omaha, Nebraska.[4][5][b]

Mitchell, South Dakota Telephone Building.[5][b]

Grand Island, Nebraska Telephone Building.[5][b]

Sidney, Nebraska Telephone Building. [5][b]

AT&T Building, Lincoln, Nebraska.[5][b]

St. Peter’s School and Rectory, Omaha, Nebraska.[5][b]

Holy Trinity Parochial School, Hartington, Nebraska.[5][b]

Jefferson School Building, Omaha, Nebraska Board of Education.[4][b]

Ward Building, Hastings State Hospital, Ingleside, Nebraska.[5][b]

Ward Building, Lincoln State Hospital, Lincoln, Nebraska.[5][b]

Employees Building, Lincoln State Hospital, Lincoln, Nebraska.[5][b]

Telephone Exchanges for N.W. Bell Telephone Company

Rapid City, South Dakota.[4][5][b]

North Platte, Nebraska.[4][5][b

McCook, Nebraska.[4][5][b]

South Sioux City, Nebraska.[4][5][b]

Norfolk, Nebraska.[4][5][b]

Winner, South Dakota.[4][5][b]

Belle Fourche, South Dakota.[4][5][b]

Gordon, Nebraska.[4][5][b]

Valentine, Nebraska.[4][5][b]

O’Neill, Nebraska.[4][5][b]

Wayne, Nebraska.[4][5][b]

Minden, Nebraska.[4][5][b]

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a. The firm continued under the same name from 1934, when Kimball died, until 1945, when the firm became Steele, Sandham & Steele.

b. Steele claimed design and/or supervision for these buildings in his resume.[4][5]

c. A joint project of Kimball, Steele & Sandham, and George B. Prinz Associates.


1. “WPB Okays Construction of Church at St. John's,” The True Voice (August 21, 1942), 1 (sketch, plans approved).

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

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

4. “Vital Statistics and Professional Record of William L. Steele, Architect, Omaha, Nebraska, August, 1937.” Attachment to Application for Registration.[5]. The buildings listed are under a sub-heading, “Typical Buildings Designed and Supervised by W. L. Steele.”

5. “Vital Statistics and Professional Record of William L. Steele, Architect, Omaha, Nebraska, Sept. 1941.” Cf. reference [4]. Copy in Nebraska State Historical Society, Historic Preservation Division, architect files. The buildings listed are under a sub-heading, “Typical Buildings Designed and Supervised by W. L. Steele.”

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Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Kimball, Steele & Sandham, Architects,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, April 4, 2017. Accessed, February 1, 2023.

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