Leach & Plym, Architects

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Lincoln, Nebraska, 1900-1903


Marcus Leach

Francis J. Plym

Leach & Plym was an architectural partnership that was in business from 1900-1903, in Lincoln. It was headed by Marcus Leach and Francis Plym. Early in 1903, Plym announced his departure for Kansas City, with the intention of opening an associated office there.[22]

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

Lincoln, Nebraska, 1900-1903

Educational & Professional Associations

Buildings & Projects


Design for City Library (1900), Lincoln, Nebraska.[23][e]

New Central (McKinley) School (1899-1902), 15th & M Sts, Lincoln, Nebraska.[16][17][26][a]

Building to be erected for...D. E. Thompson (1901), North 8th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[27]

Clay Center School (1902), Clay Center, Nebraska.[8]

Lincoln Daily Star Building (1902), Lincoln, Nebraska.[9]

George Loveland house (1902), 1130 S. 20th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska (2sfr., $4500).[10]

Masonic Hall Assoc. (1902), reconstruction (Lincoln, Nebraska?).[10]

N. P. Lundeen house (1902), (2sfr. cottage, $2000), York, Nebraska.[10][25][g]

Bissell & Seavy Brick Store (1902), Wolbach, Nebraska.[11]

Mrs. Harrison house (1902), 14th & H, Lincoln, Nebraska ($5000).[12]

Mrs. Lawless house (1902), 16th & Cherry, Lincoln, Nebraska ($2000).[12]

W. D. FitzGerald house (1902-1903), 1106 South 20th, Lincoln, Nebraska.[3][15] (LC13:D07-0046)

Residence for H. P. Lau, Jr. (circa 1902), probably 1029 D Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[19][24][f]

Lutheran Academy Building (1903), Wahoo, Nebraska.[13][18][b]

Dr. John S. Leonhardt house (circa 1903), probably 1726 N Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[7][d]

Sutton National Bank & Odd Fellows Hall (1903), (Sutton?).[4]

H. W. Davis store Building (1903), (Lincoln, Nebraska?).[5]

Osceola Auditorium (1903), Osceola, Nebraska.[6]

Methodist Episcopal Church (1903), Minden.[14]


Considered for Carnegie Library, Grand Island, Nebraska.


a. Improvement Bulletin in October 1901 reported bids were being received in Lincoln for a 10-room school house, designed by Leach & Plym. School Board Journal of October 1902 includes an elevation of "New Central School, Lincoln, Neb. 10 Class Rooms, Library, Reading Room and Manual Training Rooms. Cost $25,000. Leach & Plym, Architects, Lincoln, Neb." School board minutes indicate T. P. Harrison constructed a 10 room school house on the high school grounds in 1902, for $24,500. The school was called "New McKinley School" by 1903.[16][17][26]

b. The Wahoo academy building is estimated to cost $25,000, according to School Board Journal.[18]

c. School Board Journal of January 1899 lists: "Lincoln, Neb. A new $8,000 ward school. Plans drawn by architect M. Leach."[20]

d. The Lincoln Star of January 24, 1903 carried an announcement "Dr. Leonhardt, Office & Residence, Removed to 1726 N Street." The 1903 Sanborn Map Co. atlas of Lincoln shows that parcel as unimproved, while the 1928 edition shows a large two-story frame house on the site. Probably Leonhardt built 1726 N around 1903.[21]

e. The six architectural firms which submitted "separate sets of drawings and specifications" for Lincoln's Carnegie-supported library were Stone, Carpenter & Wilson of Providence, R. I.; Ferry & Clas of Milwaukee; Roberts & Woods, Leach & Plym, and James Tyler & Son of Lincoln; and Fisher & Lawrie of Omaha.[23]

f. Hans Peter Lau, Jr. lived at different addresses in 1900 and 1901, then in 1902 settled into a period of residence at 1029 D Street, a new house beside the house his mother Friedrike Lau was remodeling (1045 D) extensively after the death of her husband (H. P. Lau).[24]

g. Colonel Nils P. (N.P.) Lundeen was a long-time resident of York, Nebraska, involved in state government and especially the Nebraska National Guard.


1. Lincoln Trade Review 1:36 (Feb 7, 1903), 3. (Architects prepare to open Kansas City office to be under charge of Francis Plym. Lincoln office run by Marcus Leach.)

2. Lincoln Trade Review 1:50 (1903), 8. (re: Kansas City.)

3. Lincoln Trade Review 1:47 (1903), 3 (Work to commence, Apr 1903, plans drawn last fall). See also "Residence at Lincoln, Nebraska for W. D. FitzGerald, 20th & D Sts., Leach & Plym, Archts. Lincoln, Nebraska." Photocopy of drawing set, Lincoln/Lancaster County Planning Dept.

4. Lincoln Trade Review 1:48 (1903) (construction has commenced; Odd Fellow Hall on second floor of band and adjoining building).

5. Lincoln Trade Review 1:52 (1903), 10 (bids let).

6. Lincoln Trade Review 1:52 (1903), {plans under preparation; brick building, 54 x 90, large seven-tier gallery holds 800-1000 people).

7. Lincoln Trade Review 2:4 (1903), 3 ($2000).

8. Lincoln Trade Review 1:3 (1902), 4 (plans & bid let, $8,000).

9. Lincoln Trade Review 1:7 (1902), 4 (contracts).

10. Lincoln Trade Review (1902), 4.

11. Lincoln Trade Review 1:15 (1902), 3 (80 x 50 ft).

12. Lincoln Trade Review 1:20 (1902), 4.

13. Lincoln Trade Review 1:26 (1902), 3 (contract to plan; three story brick, 50 x 91, twelve and fourteen foot clgs, $25,000, to be completed by 1903).

14. Lincoln Trade Review 1:37 (1903), 3 (draw plans for 61 x 68 ft bldg.).

15. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places within the Mount Emerald and Capitol Additions Historic District.

16. School Board Journal (January 1902), 11 (with elevation); (October 1902), 11; (January 1903), 13 (with photograph).

17. Yost, Carl. "History of the Lincoln Schools 1864 to 1925," typescript, University of Nebraska: N.Y.A. Program, 1936; 101. Copy at Lincoln Public Schools archive.

18. School Board Journal (January 1903), 27.

19. Bob Robinson, Lincoln, to D. Murphy, May 17, 2016; from original blueprints in his possession.

21. Lincoln Star (January 17, 1903), 2.

22. "People You Know," (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (February 1, 1903), 6.

23. "Plans for Library--Board Declares Fisher & Lawrie the Winners--Competition Was Strong--Six Architects Submitted Drawings." (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (July 22, 1900), 1.

24. Lincoln city directories, 1900-1904.

25. "Ashland National Guard Camp News," Lincoln (Nebraska) State Journal (August 15, 1928), 7.

26. "Educational." Improvement Bulletin (October 26, 1901), 15.

27. "Business Buildings...Lincoln, Neb." Improvement Bulletin (May 4, 1901), 18. "Cost $35,000."

Page Citation

E. Zimmer & D. Murphy, “Leach & Plym, Architects,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, October 12, 2018. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, September 29, 2022.

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