Leo Anthony Daly, Jr. (1917-1981), Architect

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Washington, D. C., 1939-1948; and Omaha, Nebraska, 1948-1981

Leo A. Daly, Jr. was born in Omaha, July 29, 1917, and attended the same schools as his father, Leo Anthony Daly (1890-1952), Architect: St. John’s Grade School, Creighton Prep and Creighton University.[2] He transferred from Creighton to Catholic University in Washington, D.C., from where he graduated in 1939 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He then joined his father in practice. He married Rosemary Gaughan in 1941, from which union two children were born: Leo A., III, and John Gaughan. Like Daly, Jr., his son, Leo Anthony Daly, III, Architect, followed his father in the practice of architecture.[1]

Daly became vice president of his father’s firm when it was incorporated as the Leo A. Daly Company, Architects in 1948. Upon the elder’s death in 1952, Daly became president and treasurer of the company. He expanded the firm’s enterprises into Europe, Asia and South America. He died at age 63 in 1981. By that time the Daly Company had worked in all 50 states and about 50 foreign countries.[1]

Daly was prominent in Omaha civic affairs. He served as president of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce in 1972.[5] He also served Creighton University, Girls Town, the Boy Scouts, Catholic University, Boys Town, the Omaha Economic Development Council, and the Girl Scouts, among other organizations, as well as holding offices in the Nebraska Chapter of the AIA and service on national AIA committees.[1][3][4][5]

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.

Educational & Professional Associations

1931-1935: student, Creighton Prep, Omaha, Nebraska.

1935-1936: student, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska.

1937-1939: Bachelor of Architecture, Catholic University, Washington, D. C.

1939-1948: architect, Leo A. Daly, Architects, Washington, D.C.

1948-1952: vice-president, Leo A. Daly Company, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1952-1961: president, Leo A. Daly Company, Omaha, Nebraska.

1961-1981: president and treasurer, Leo A. Daly Company, Omaha, Nebraska.

Principal Works

See the listing with the Leo A. Daly Company, Architects. Only some of Daly’s principal works are noted below.


Father Flanagan's Boys Home (1951), Boys Town, Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

Buildings at the Atomic Energy Plant (1953), Portsmouth, Ohio.[2]

Pope Pius XII Memorial Library (1954-1959), St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri.[2][3]

Municipal Auditorium (1955), Omaha, Nebraska.[1][2]

Bishop Clarkson Memorial Hospital (1955), Omaha, Nebraska.[2][3]

Strategic Air Command Control Center (1956), Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Nebraska.[2][3] (SY04-116)

Strategic Air Command Memorial Chapel (1956), Lincoln Highway, Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Nebraska. (SY04-029)

Administration Building (1957), Northwestern Bell Telephone Company, Omaha, Nebraska.[3]

Butter-Nut Coffee Plant, Butter-Nut Foods Company (1961), Los Angeles, California.[3]

Air Force Plant No. 77 (1961), Minuteman Assembly Operations, Hill Air Force Base, Ogden, Utah.[3]

Cathedral of the Risen Christ Catholic Church (1963), 3500 Sheridan Blvd, Lincoln, Nebraska.[7].

Midwest United Life Insurance Company Building (1965), Ft. Wayne, Indiana.[4]

California Chamber of Commerce Building (1967), Sacramento, California.[4]

Bergan-Mercy Hospital (1968), Omaha, Nebraska.[4]

Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Building (1969), Omaha, Nebraska.[1][4][8:111]

Habib Bank (1969), Karachi, Pakistan.[4]


Northwestern Bell headquarters, Omaha [1]

Hilton Hotel (now Red Lion Inn), Omaha [1]

City-County Building, Omaha [1]

Honors & Awards


1954: Gold Medal Award, St Louis Chapter, AIA.[3]

1961-1962: King of Ak-Sar-Ben LXVII, Omaha, Nebraska.[4]

1962: Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement in architecture and engineering, Catholic University, for American Public Service.[4]

1963: Air Force Exceptional Service Medal, by the Commander-in-Chief, Strategic Air Command.[4]

1964: Knight of St. Gregory, Pope Paul VI.[4]

1966: Public Service Citation, National Conference of Christians & Jews.[4]

1967: Church Architecture National Award, National Liturgical Conference, St. Louis, Missouri.[4]

1976: Edward C. Kemper Award, American Institute of Architects.[6]

1980: Builders Award, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.[5]


National Brotherhood Award, National Conference of Christians and Jews.[1]

Scouting Man of the Year Award, Mid-America Council, Boy Scouts of America.[1]

Distinguished Nebraskan Award, Nebraska State Society, Washington, D.C.[1]



1. “Daly Left Mark Worldwide,” Omaha World Herald (June 17, 1981), 4.

2. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory, First Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1956), 123, accessed March 3, 2010, http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/1956%20American%20Architects%20Directory.aspx

3. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory, Second Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1962), 151, accessed April 4, 2010, http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/1962%20American%20Architects%20Directory.aspx

4. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory, Third Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1970), 199, April 4, 2010, http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/1970%20American%20Architects%20Directory.aspx

5. “Selleck, Daly to get NU Builder’s Award,” Lincoln Star (May 7, 1980), 9.

6. “Award Going to Leo Daly,” Omaha World Herald (February 29, 1976), 5.

7. City of Lincoln Building Permit #84235.

8. Jeff Barnes, 150@150: Nebraska's Landmark Buildings at the State's Sesquicentennial (Architectural Foundation of Nebraska, 2017).

Page Citation

Alan Eastman and D. Murphy, “Leo Anthony Daly, Jr. (1917-1981), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, July 12, 2012. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, July 13, 2020.

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