Marcus Lindsey Evans (1885-1949), Architect

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Hastings, Nebraska, 1907-1950

Marcus L. Evans, ca. 1938.
Marcus Lindsey Evans was born April 27, 1885 in Iowa.[4][7] He was a student at Highland Park College for a short stint, then worked a long time with C. W. Way Company, Architects before practicing independently.[4] Evans was married to Vera and, as of 1920, had one son.[7] He died November 20, 1949 in Hastings.[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, Nebraska, 1924, 1928, 1930, 1932, 1935, 1937-1950

Educational & Professional Associations

1899-1903: student, high school, Waterloo, Iowa.[4]

1903: student, electrical engineering (short course), Highland Park College, Des Moines, Iowa.[4]

1907-1918: chief draftsman and designer, C. W. Way Company, Architects, Hastings Nebraska.[4]

1914: draftsman (4 months), Omaha Steel Works, Omaha, Nebraska.[4]

1916-1922: partner, C. W. Way Company, Architects, Hastings, Nebraska.[4]

1923-1933: Marcus L. Evans, Architect, Hastings, Nebraska.[4][c]

1924-1928: architect, 3rd floor Brandes Building, 904 W 2nd, Hastings, Nebraska.

1929: No Hastings Directories.

1930-1937: architect, 16 Cameron Building, Hastings, Nebraska.

1933-1949: with Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District, Hastings, Nebraska.[4]

1938: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska, January 11, 1938; A-39.[4]

1939: architect, 115 N Hastings, Hastings, Nebraska.

1940: No Hastings Directories.

1941: draftsman, Hastings, Nebraska.

1942-1943: No Hastings Directories.

1944: Unlisted, Hastings, Nebraska.

1945-1946: No Hastings Directories.

1947: architect, Cameron Building, Hastings, Nebraska.

1948-1949: No Hastings Directories.

1950: designer, Office Melville Evans, Hastings, Nebraska.[e]

Other Associations

1928-1935: employed Abraham E. Thaut, draftsman.

1930-1932: employed Albert Meinzen.[5]

Buildings & Projects


Public School (ca. 1924), SW corner County Ave. & Reynolds, Palisade, Nebraska. (HK03-023)

School Building Dist. #1 (ca. 1925) Arizona & College, Culbertson, Nebraska. (HK02-029)

Kelly Scott Bullard & Reed Bldg (1925), McCook, Nebraska.[3]

Red Willow County Courthouse (1926-1927), NW corner Norris Ave & East E, McCook, Nebraska.[1][4][a] (RW05-016)

Saline County Courthouse (1927-1929), 215 S. Court, Wilber, Nebraska.[2][4] (SA09-016) National Register narrative

Davenport Public Library (1928), Davenport, Nebraska.[9][f]

Morton School (ca. 1930-1932), Hastings, Nebraska.[4][5][b]

Alcott School (1935), 313 N Cedar, Hastings, Nebraska.[4][5][d] (AD04-051)


School (n.d.) Culbertson, Nebraska.[4]

Methodist Church (n.d.), McCook, Nebraska.[4]

Gazette Bldg (n.d.), 422 Norris Ave, McCook, Nebraska. (RW05-014)

Oak School (n.d.), Oak, Nebraska.[4]

City Water & Light Dept (n.d.), Hastings, Nebraska.[4]


a. In association with Percy Bell.[1]

b. Design development from Evans’s sketches and working drawings attributed to Albert Meinzen, Architect.[5]

c. Successor firm to C. W. Way Company, Hastings, Nebraska.[4]

d. Design assistance attributed to Albert Meinzen.[6]

e. Last Hastings directory listing, 1950. No 1951 Hastings directory.

f. Commissioned by the Davenport Women's Club.[9]


1. Oliver B. Pollak, Nebraska Courthouses: Contention, Compromise, and Community [Images of America Series] (Chicago: Arcadia Publishing, 2002), 96. [725.1.P771n]

2. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

3. Thomas Lee Kaspar, comp. Inventory of architectural records in the archives of Davis Fenton Stange Darling, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska. 1996. Nebraska State Historical Society, RG3748, Box 16.

4. Application for Registration to Practice Professional Engineering and Architecture, Nebraska State Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Architects, December 9, 1937. Nebraska State Historical Society RG081 SG2

5. “Albert William Meinzen,” Application 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.

6. “Bert Meinzen Dies in Indiana,” Hastings Daily Tribune (April 29, 1949), 11:3.

7. 1920 United States Census, s.v. “Marcus L. Evans,” Hastings, Adams County, Nebraska, accessed through

8. “Marcus Lindsey Evans,”, May 24, 2009, accessed December 9, 2014,

9. Jack Roegner to D. Murphy, email message concerning Marcus Lindsey Evans and the Davenport Public Library, January 20, 2022. Evans's plans for the library are on file at the library.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Marcus Lindsey Evans (1885-1949), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, January 20, 2022. Accessed, November 26, 2022.

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