Martin Inglis Aitken (1907-1974), Architect

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Lincoln Nebraska, 1933-1974

Martin Inglis Aitken was born November 26, 1907 in Lincoln, Nebraska. He received his B.A. from the University of Nebraska in 1929, after which he became a draftsman for the firm Davis & Wilson. Aitken received his B.F.A. in Architecture from Yale University in 1933, and worked the next year in the Engineering Department of Lincoln Telephone & Telegraph Company. He began his own private practice in Lincoln in 1935. He was a principal involved in several related partnerships during the last few years of his life. Aitken died on July 14, 1974, and was survived by his wife and two children. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Nebraska Architects Association.[1][5][6][7][8][9]

This page is a contribution to the publication, Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. See the Format and contents of Nebraska architect entries of Nebraska architect entries page for more information on the compilation and page organization.

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Lincoln Nebraska, 1929-1972

Educational & Professional Associations

1929-1934: student, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1930: draftsman, Davis & Wilson, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1]

1934-1935: draftsman, Engineering Department, Lincoln Telephone & Telegraph Co., Lincoln, Nebraska.[1]

1935-1970: architect, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

1938: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska; A-75.[1]

1970-1971: partner, Aitken Graf Hazen Hoffman & Hull, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska. [8]

1971: partner, Aitken Graf & Hazen, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1972-1973: partner, Aitken Hazen Hoffman & Hull, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1973-1974: partner, Aitken Hazen Hoffman & Miller, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Architectural Study Travel

France, Italy, Germany, Sweden, England.[6]

Buildings, Projects & Principal Works

Phi Delta Theta Fraternity House, (1937), 1545 R St, Lincoln, Nebraska.[2][4] (LC13:D09-511)

KFOR Transmitter House (1940), 48th & Vine, Lincoln, Nebraska.[10]

Telephone Exchange Building (1942), Plattsmouth, Nebraska.[6]

Car Park Building (1952), 13th & M SE, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][a]

Telephone Equipment Building (1953), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Telephone Exchange Building (1954), Falls City, Nebraska.[6]

Sheridan Elementary School Addition (1954), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

House at 2635 Woodscrest Ave (1954), Lincoln, Nebraska (LC13:D05-490)

House at 2490 Garden Road (1954), Lincoln, Nebraska (LC13:D05-484)

Sacred Heart Church (1955), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Hardy Furniture Company Remodel (1955), Lincoln, Nebraska.[7]

House at 2470 Garden Road (1956), Lincoln, Nebraska (LC13:D05-483)

House at 2541 Woodleigh Lane (1956), Lincoln, Nebraska (LC13:D05-476)

National Guard Readiness Center (1956), 817 S 1st Ave, York, Nebraska. (YK11-555)

"Y" Building., Beatrice State Home (1956), Beatrice, Nebraska.[7]

Addition and remodel (1957), Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska. [10]

House at 2601 Woodleigh Lane (1959), Lincoln, Nebraska (LC13:D05-475)

National Bank of Commerce Remodel (1960), 13th & O, Lincoln, Nebraska.[7]

Sacred Heart Convent (1960), Lincoln, Nebraska.[7]

"Y" Building Addition, Beatrice State Home (1961), Beatrice, Nebraska.[7]

Sacred Heart Rectory (1964), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

White Electric Supply Company Building (1966), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

First National Bank (1967), O'Neill, Nebraska.[8]

National Bank of Commerce, remodel (1968), 13th & O, Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

White Electric Supply Addition (1969), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Undated

Hardys Furniture Building (n.d.), 1314 O, Lincoln, Nebraska.[2]

House (n. d.), 916 Fall Creek Road, Lincoln, Nebraska.[3]

House (n. d.), 900 Fall Creek Road, Lincoln, Nebraska.[3]

House (n. d.), 2033 S 33rd, Lincoln, Nebraska.[3]

Hardy Furniture remodel (n.d.), 1314 O, Lincoln, Nebraska.[10]

Notes

a. In association with Clark & Enersen, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

References

1. “From the Files: Martin Inglis Aitken, A-75,” "The Nebraska Professional" (May 2001): 5.

2. Personal conversation with Robert C. Ripley, Architect, Lincoln, Nebraska, February 20, 2008.

3. Kay Logan-Peters, email to D. Murphy, February 20, 2008.

4. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

5. AIA Historical Directory of American Architects: A Resource Guide to Finding Information About Past Architects, accessed April 5, 2010, http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/ahd1000341.aspx

6. American Institute of Architects, comp., "American Architects Directory", first ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1956), 5, accessed March 3, 2010, http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/1956%20American%20Architects%20Directory.aspx

7. American Institute of Architects, comp., "American Architects Directory", second ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1962), 6, accessed April 4, 2010, http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/1962%20American%20Architects%20Directory.aspx

8. American Institute of Architects, comp., "American Architects Directory", third ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1970), 8, accessed April 4, 2010, http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/1970%20American%20Architects%20Directory.aspx

9. “Aitken [obituary],” "Lincoln Star" (July 15, 1974), 13:2.

10. Thomas Lee Kaspar (1951-____), Architect, comp. Inventory of architectural records in the archives of Davis Fenton Stange Darling, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska. 1996. Nebraska State Historical Society, RG3748, Box 16.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Martin Inglis Aitken (1907-1974), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, June 21, 2011. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, July 14, 2020.


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