Lloyd D. Willis (1877-1926), Architect

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1909-1917

Lloyd D. Willis was born in August 1877, in Illinois. He had a relatively short but prolific architectural career in Omaha, designing several residential buildings, among other projects. He was married to Carolyn.[5][6][7] Willis died on April 6, 1926 in Los Angeles.[11]

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.

Proposed expansion of Bellevue College, 1912 (Sunday World-Herald)

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Omaha, Nebraska, 1909-1917

Educational & Professional Associations

____-1893: Unlisted, Omaha, Nebraska.

1909: architect and partner, Willis & Frankfurt, Omaha, Nebraska.

1909-1917: architect, Omaha, Nebraska.

Buildings & Projects

Residence for the Misses (probably Martha and Nina) Sharp (c. 1909), 41st & Davenport (probably 311 N. 41st), Omaha, Nebraska.[14]

C. D. Armstrong House (1909), 3322 Woolworth Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[3:181][4] (DO09:0204-084)

Quadruple House (1909), 3302-08 Poppleton Ave., Omaha, Nebraska.[4] (DO09:0204-130)

Building (1909), 1323 N. 29th Street, Omaha, Nebraska.[4]

Bldg for L. Willis/Maryland Apt.(1910), 1136 Park Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[3:159][4] (DO09:0203-011)

Quadruple House (1910), 1302 S. 33rd St., Omaha, Nebraska.[4] (DO09:0204-129)

Jewell Schoolhouse (1911), 703 Bellevue Blvd., Bellevue, Nebraska.[2] (SY02-044)

North Side Christian/Paradise Baptist Church (1911), 2124 Lothrop, Omaha, Nebraska.[3:142][4] (DO09:0142-004)

Rowhouse (1911), 2913-15 Dodge St., Omaha, Nebraska.[4] (DO09:0209-059)

Lorraine Apartments (1911), 3105 Dewey Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[3:113][4] (DO09:0208-009)

Residence for W.J.S. Neligh (1911), West Point, Nebraska.[8]

House (1911), Omaha, Nebraska.[10]

Proposed expansion and remodel of Bellevue College (1912), Bellevue, Nebraska.[9] Not built.

Rowhouse (1912), 3913 Farnam, Omaha, Nebraska.[4] (DO09:0319-045)

Bldg for J. Lichtenwahlner/Virgina Apt.(1912), 1148 Park Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[3:159][4] (DO09:0203-012)

Pasadena Apartments (1913), 420 Park Ave., Omaha, Nebraska.[4] (DO09:0209-055)

Woodland Apartments (1913), 506 S. 31st St., Omaha, Nebraska.[4] (DO09:0208-017)

Russell I. Harris House (1913), 3541 Woolworth Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[3:183][4] (DO09:0202-029)

Knickerbocker Apartments (1913), 702 S. 38th Street, Omaha, Nebraska.[4] (DO09:0317-037)

Dunbar School (1914), Dunbar, Nebraska. (OT03-003)

Duplex (1914), 3310-12 Davenport St., Omaha, Nebraska.[4] (DO09:0212-027)

Duplex (1914), 137-39 N. 38th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[4] (DO09:0321-045)

Duplex (1915), 133-35 N. 38th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[4] (DO09:0321-044)

Marion Ward House (1915), 106 S 52nd St., Omaha, Nebraska.[3:102][4] (DO09:0432-004)

Stromsburg Bank (1915-1916), 328 Main Street, Stromsburg, Nebraska.[12]

Greenfield Carnegie Library (1916), Greenfield, Iowa.[1]



1. “An Architectural and Historical Survey of Public Libraries in Iowa, 1870-1940,” MS (Iowa SHPO, 1980).

2. Bellevue School Board of Director's Record (see Nebraska SHPO site file SY02-044).

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

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

5. 1910 United States Census, s.v. “Lloyd D. Willis,” Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, accessed through HeritageQuestOnline.com.

6. 1900 United States Census, s.v. “Lloyd Willis,” Illinois Western Hospital, Rock Island County, Illinois, accessed through HeritageQuestOnline.com.

7. 1920 United States Census, s.v. “Lloyd Willis,” Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, accessed through HeritageQuestOnline.com.

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

9. "Great Improvements Planned for Bellevue," Sunday World-Herald (March 3, 1912): 6-E, description, and elevation drawing.

10. "Hints for Prospective Builders," Sunday World-Herald (March 3, 1912): 6-E, description, plans and photograph.

11. "Lloyd Willis" Findagrave.com Accessed February 21, 2018 via https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/140771727

12. "Bank Buildings...Stromsburg, Nebr.," American Contractor (July 24, 1915), 15; "Omaha, Nebr....Bank: 1 sty & bas. 25x70. Stromsburg, Neb. Archt. L. D. Willis...," American Contractor (July 24, 1915), 80.

13. "Artistic Brick in Vogue--Change in Style is Now Being Used by the Architects in Handsome Residences," Omaha (Nebraska) Daily Bee (May 8, 1910), 39.

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Thanks to Patrick Thompson, architectural historian with Restoration Exchange Omaha (REO), for the Bellevue College attribution, February 22, 2017.

Page Citation

D. Murphy and E. F. Zimmer, “Lloyd D. Willis (1877-1926), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, December 22, 2022. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, February 1, 2023.

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