Maxon, Bourgeois & Cooke, Architects

From E Nebraska History
Jump to: navigation, search
Omaha, Nebraska, 1890-1891

Page under development


S. E. Maxon

L. J-B. Bourgeois

Henry C. Cooke

Maxon, Bourgeois & Cooke was a short-lived architectural firm that practiced in Omaha, Nebraska. A partnership of S. E. Maxon "the well known architect of this city" and "Mr. Bourgeois, a French architect and graduate of Des Bourse Arts of Paris," was announced by the Omaha Daily Bee in January 1890.[1] In April through early August of 1890, Maxon and Bourgeois advertised offices in both Council Bluffs, Iowa and Omaha.[3] By August 11, 1890, H. C. Cooke was added to the advertisements, with the same Omaha and Council Bluffs offices.[5]

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

Omaha, Nebraska, 1890-1891

Educational & Professional Associations

Buildings & Projects

Proposal (unsuccessful) for high school (1890), Lincoln, Nebraska.[2][a]

Sweesy Block (1890), Sixteenth and Jackson Streets, Omaha, Nebraska.[4][b]


a. In March 1890, Maxon & Bourgeois were listed among a dozen architectural practices which offered designs for a high school to the Lincoln, Nebraska Board of Education. The other proposals came from Fowler & Beindorff of Omaha; Seymour Davis of Topeka; F. M. Ellis of Omaha; Frank, Bailey & Farmer of Kearney; William Gray & O. H. Placey of Lincoln; Pallister & Co. of New York; and R. C. Kerr & Co. of Rock Island. Ferdinand Fiske of Lincoln and Craddock & Hay of Lincoln were mentioned as having plans in preparation "and were given further time to complete the plans." The design of "Maxon, of Council Bluffs" was named among the half-dozen chosen for further consideration, but ultimately none of the plans advanced to construction.[2]

b. The Sweesy Block was described in July 1890 as "It will be 88x63 and five stories high. It will cost about $50,000."[4]


1. "A Promising Partnership," Omaha (Nebraska) Daily Bee (January 4, 1890), 6.

2. "Help [sic] School Plans--The Board of Education Gives Audience to a Dozen Architects," Lincoln (Nebraska) Daily Call (March 27, 1890), 1.

3. "Maxon & Bourgeois, Architects and Superintendents. Fine Interior Decorations," Omaha (Nebraska) Daily Bee (April 30, 1890), 6; through (August 8, 1890), 6.

4. "Omaha in Brief," (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (July 19, 1890), 2.

5. "Maxon, Bourgeois & Cooke," Omaha (Nebraska) Daily Bee (August 11, 1890), 6.

Page Citation

E. F. Zimmer & D. Murphy, “Maxon, Bourgeois & Cooke, Architects,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, July 19, 2020. Accessed, November 29, 2022.

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.