Marion McDonald (Don) Lovell (1895-1960), Architect
Marion McDonald Lovell was born July 7, 1895 to Sidney and Jane Brunner Lovell in Chicago, Illinois.[d] He was educated in Chicago schools, and received an architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign in 1917. After serving as a balloonist in WWI, he returned to Chicago in 1919, became a registered architect in the state of Illinois, and went to work in his father’s architectural firm as a draftsman, designer, and superintendent. McDonald became a partner in the firm Lovell & Lovell in 1927.
Sidney Lovell (1867-1938) began his architectural career in 1882, working with James Wood, a Chicago architect specializing in theaters. After Woods’s death in 1903, Sidney Lovell practiced alone, and began to specialize in mausoleum design around 1912. This specialization continued after taking his son as partner through the father's death in 1938. McDonald Lovell continued a nationwide specialization in mausolea, memorials and chapels with his individual practice after 1938. He was registered in seven states.
McDonald Lovell married Muriel Price, and together they had two daughters. On December 20, 1950, he married Jean Sedlacek, and soon after made a third home in Crete, Nebraska, splitting their time between homes in Crete, Chicago, and Miami. He died suddenly in Lincoln, Nebraska, on May 30, 1960. He was survived by his wife, Jean; two daughters, Marian Coy of Chicago and Marjorie Boley of Middleton, Connecticut; eight grandchildren; and a sister, Alice Johanson of Tucson. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Chicago, and, since 1927, the American Institute of Architects.
Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings
Crete, Nebraska, 1953-1959
Educational & Professional Associations
1901-1909: student, Shakespeare Grammar School, Chicago, Illinois.
1909-1913: student, Hyde Park High School, Chicago, Illinois.
1913-1917: student, University of Illinois, B.S. Architecture, Urbana, Illinois.
1917-1919: U. S. Army Air Service, First World War.
1919: Registered Professional Architect, Illinois; certificate 1618.
1919-1927: draftsman, designer, superintendent, Sidney Lovell, Architect, Chicago, Illinois. 
1927-1938: partner, Lovell & Lovell, Architects, Chicago, Illinois.
1938-1953: McDonald Lovell, Architect, Chicago, Illinois.
1946: senior registrant, NCARB.
1953: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska, May 2, 1953, A-269.
1953-1960: McDonald Lovell, Architect, Crete, Nebraska.
Buildings & Projects
a. Working with his father, Sidney Lovell (1867-1938), Architect, Chicago, Illinois.
b. Previously registered in Illinois, Florida, Missouri, Texas, and Wisconsin.
c. Lovell & Lovell, Architects, Chicago, Illinois.
d. His obituary gives the birthdate of July 7, 1901.
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2. Application for Registration to Practice Professional Engineering and Architecture, Nebraska State Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Architects, March 19, 1953. Nebraska State Historical Society RG081 SG2.
3. Anon, “Sidney Lovell,” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia accessed December 1, 2011, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidney_Lovell
4. [David G. Stuart], “Sidney Lovell an American Architect, 1867-1938,” David G. Stuart’s family history pages, accessed December 1, 2011, http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~dgstuart/lovell%20biog.htm
5. “The Work of Lovell & Lovell Architects,” American Cemetery Magazine (March 1931), reprinted online in David G. Stuart’s family history pages, accessed December 1, 2011, http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~dgstuart/american%20cemetery.htm
6. “Sidney Lovell’s Community Mausoleums in the United States,” compiled online in David G. Stuart’s family history pages, accessed December 1, 2011, http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~dgstuart/lovellmausoleums.htm This site links to photographs
7. “Services Today For McDonald Lovell,” Crete News (June 2, 1960), 1.
D. Murphy, “Marion McDonald (Don) Lovell (1895-1960), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, February 17, 2015. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, April 15, 2021.
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