Marion McDonald (Don) Lovell (1895-1960), Architect

From E Nebraska History
Jump to: navigation, search
Chicago, Illinois, 1919-1953; and Crete, Nebraska, 1953-1960S
Marion Lovell, ca. 1953.

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.[1][2][4][5][7]

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

Crete, Nebraska, 1953-1959

Educational & Professional Associations

1901-1909: student, Shakespeare Grammar School, Chicago, Illinois.[2]

1909-1913: student, Hyde Park High School, Chicago, Illinois.[2]

1913-1917: student, University of Illinois, B.S. Architecture, Urbana, Illinois.[2]

1917-1919: U. S. Army Air Service, First World War.[2]

1919: Registered Professional Architect, Illinois; certificate 1618.[2]

1919-1927: draftsman, designer, superintendent, Sidney Lovell, Architect, Chicago, Illinois. [2]

1927-1938: partner, Lovell & Lovell, Architects, Chicago, Illinois.[2][4]

1938-1953: McDonald Lovell, Architect, Chicago, Illinois.[2]

1946: senior registrant, NCARB.[2]

1953: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska, May 2, 1953, A-269.[2]

1953-1960: McDonald Lovell, Architect, Crete, Nebraska.

Buildings & Projects

Forest Lawn Mausoleum (1919), Norfolk, Virginia.[6][a]

Rose Hill Mausoleum (1919), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.[6][a]

Oakwood Mausoleum (1919), Saginaw, Michigan.[6][a]

Old Mission Mausoleum (1920), Wichita, Kansas.[6][a]

Deepdale Mausoleum (1921), Lansing, Michigan.[6][a]

Sherman Mausoleum (1922), Sherman, Texas.[6][a]

Astoria Memorial Mausoleum (1923), Astoria, Illinois.[6][a]

Oakwood Memorial Mausoleum (1924), Dixon, Illinois.[6][a]

Riverside Memorial Mausoleum (1924), Sterling, Illinois.[6][a]

Kensico Mausoleum (1924), Val Halla, New York.[6][a]

Riverside Memorial Mausoleum (1925), Defiance, Ohio.[6][a]

Forest Hill Abbey Mausoleum (1925), Kansas City, Missouri.[6][a]

Park Hill Mausoleum (1925), Bloomington, Illinois.[6][a]

Diamond Grove Mausoleum (1925), Jacksonville, Illinois.[6][a]

Knollwood Mausoleum (1926), Mayfield Heights, Ohio.[6][a]

Mount hope Memorial Mausoleum (1926), St. Louis, Missouri.[6][a]

Oak Grove Mausoleum (1926), St. Louis, Missouri.[6][a]

Sunset Hills Mausoleum (1926), Flint, Michigan.[6][a]

Tod Memorial Mausoleum (1927), Youngstown, Ohio.[6][c]

Hillcrest Mausoleum (1927), Salina, Kansas.[6][c]

Fairlawn Memorial Mausoleum (1927), Decatur, Illinois.[6][c]

Greenwood Abbey Mausoleum (1927), Eureka, Kansas.[6][c]

Forest Park Abbey Mausoleum (1928), Houston, Texas.[6][c]

Mount Hope Mausoleum (1928), Topeka, Kansas.[6][c]

Woodland Park Mausoleum (1928) Miami, Florida.[6][c]

Mount Royal Memorial Mausoleum (1929), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[6][c]

Llano Pantheon Mausoleum (1929), Amarillo, Texas.[6][c]

Greenlawn Abbey Mausoleum (1929), Blackwell, Oklahoma.[6][c]

Forest Hill Mausoleum (1929), Napoleon, Ohio.[6][c]

Lakeside Memorial Mausoleum (1929), Pekin, Illinois.[6][c]

Springdale Mausoleum (1929), Peoria, Illinois.[6][c]

Sunset Hill Mausoleum (1929), Glen Carbon, Illinois.[6][c]

Harleigh Memorial Mausoleum (1929), Camden, New Jersey.[6][c]

Rienzi Memorial Mausoleum (1930), Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.[6][c]

Mayfield Mausoleum (1931), Cleveland, Ohio.[6][c]

Maplewood Mausoleum (1931), Emporia, Kansas.[6][c]

Fairlawn Mausoleum (1932), Hutchinson, Kansas.[6][c]

Highland Mausoleum (1932), South Bend, Indiana.[6][c]

Sunset Chapel Mausoleum (1933), Minneapolis, Minnesota.[6][c]


a. Working with his father, Sidney Lovell (1867-1938), Architect, Chicago, Illinois.[2][3]

b. Previously registered in Illinois, Florida, Missouri, Texas, and Wisconsin.[2]

c. Lovell & Lovell, Architects, Chicago, Illinois.

d. His obituary gives the birthdate of July 7, 1901.[7]


1. AIA Historical Directory of American Architects: A Resource Guide to Finding Information About Past Architects, accessed May 25, 2010,

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,

4. [David G. Stuart], “Sidney Lovell an American Architect, 1867-1938,” David G. Stuart’s family history pages, accessed December 1, 2011,

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,

6. “Sidney Lovell’s Community Mausoleums in the United States,” compiled online in David G. Stuart’s family history pages, accessed December 1, 2011, This site links to photographs

7. “Services Today For McDonald Lovell,” Crete News (June 2, 1960), 1.

Page Citation

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. Accessed, April 15, 2021.

Contact the Nebraska State Historic Preservation Office with questions or comments concerning this page, including any problems you may have with broken links (see, however, the Disclaimers link at the bottom of this page). Please provide the URL to this page with your inquiry.