Meginnis & Schaumberg, Architects

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Lincoln, Nebraska, 1926-1951


Harry Meginnis

Edward Schaumberg

Meginnis & Schaumberg was a Lincoln architectural partnership that was in business for 25 years. It was a prolific partnership that designed many schools and houses.

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.

North Platte High School, 1929-1931 (D. Murphy)

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Lincoln, Nebraska, 1926-1930, 1930-1939, 1940-1942, 1950-1951

Educational & Professional Associations

1900-1910: Dieman & Fiske, Architects, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

1902-1904: Fiske, Dieman & Meginnis, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska

1902-1910: Fiske & Dieman, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1913-1914: Fiske & Miller, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1915-1924: Fiske & Meginnis, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1925: Fiske, Meginnis & Schaumberg, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Other Associations

1929-1938: employed Claude K. Camblin, designer.[10]

1946-1950: employed Richard (Sam) Freeman, architect.

Buildings & Projects


Auditorium/Student Activities Building (1925-1926), Lincoln, Nebraska.[14]

J. C. Ridnour Building (1925-1926), 809 P Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[17]

Irving Middle School (1925-1926), 2745 S. 22nd St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[15] (LC13:D05-004)

Lincoln's "Official Milestone" (1926), northwest corner of 10th & O Streets, Lincoln, Nebraska.[16]

Beta Theta Pi house (1926), 1515 R Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[2][31] (LC13:D09-514)

Blessed Sacrament Elementary School (1926), 2500 S 27th, Lincoln, Nebraska. (LC13:D05-428)

Mitchell High School (1926), Mitchell, Nebraska.[18]

H. C. Claude house (1926-1927), 2731 Van Dorn, Lincoln, Nebraska.[5]

Federal Trust Company Building (1926-1927), Northeast corner 13th & N, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][7][19] (LC13:C08-007)

Alpha Phi house (1927), 1531 S, Lincoln, Nebraska. (LC13:D09-521)

Edna Barkley House (1927), 2829 S. 24th St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[11]

Raymond N. Westover House (1927), 3224 E Pershing Road, Lincoln, Nebraska.[30]

E. G. Schaumberg House (1927), 3240 E Pershing Road, Lincoln, Nebraska.[30]

Roy Wythers House (1927), 3415 E Pershing Road, Lincoln, Nebraska.[30]

Fullerton High School (1928), north south 4th between Division & Irving, Fullerton, Nebraska.[21] (NC02-091)

Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity House (1928), 5305 Huntington, Lincoln, Nebraska.[7][11] (LC13:F12-296)

Ashland Methodist Church (1928), Ashland, Nebraska.[22]

"Cottage for Colored Girls" at State Training School (1928-1929), Geneva, Nebraska.[23][24]

F. A. Roehl Nash Co. Building (1929), 1418 P Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[26]

Kathleen Hearn Building (1929), 10th & O, Aurora, Nebraska. (HM01-005)

Stromsburg High School (1929), Stromsburg, Nebraska.[8]

Dormitory for Peru State Teachers College (1929), Peru, Nebraska.[29]

Carl Norden House (1929), 3449 E Pershing Road, Lincoln, Nebraska.[30]

Crawford High School (1929-30), Crawford, Nebraska.[27]

Addition (1929), Bryan Memorial Hospital, 4848 Sumner, Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Cody School (1929-1930), 2nd & Custer Ave, North Platte, Nebraska.[8][9]

Wadlow's Mortuary (1929-1930), 1225 L Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[28]

J. Leslie Grainger House (1929), 2310 Woodsdale Blvd., Lincoln, Nebraska.[11]

North Platte High School (1929-1931), West 2nd Street at North Washington Avenue, North Platte, Nebraska.[8][9][b] Demolished, 2003. (LN06-027)

House (ca. 1930), 2829 S. 24th St., Lincoln, Nebraska. (LC13….

House (ca. 1930), 2310 Woodsdale Blvd, Lincoln, Nebraska. (LC13….

Taft School (ca. 1930-1931), five miles W of North Platte on Lincoln Highway, North Platte, Nebraska.[9]

New Chapel for Nebraska State Penitentiary (1931), Lincoln, Nebraska.[13]

Delta Upsilon house (1931), 1701 E, Lincoln, Nebraska.[7] (LC13:D07-034)

Addition and Alterations (1931), Saratoga School, 13th & Hudson Avenue, Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Lincoln YWCA Building (1932), 1432 N St, Lincoln, Nebraska.[7] (LC13:D08-018)

Lincoln Municipal Airport (ca. 1932), Lincoln, Nebraska.[12]

Smith-Dorsey Building (1933, 1939), 233 S 10th, Lincoln, Nebraska. (LC13:C08-171)

Masonic Temple (1934-1935), 1635 L St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[7][20][c] (LC13:D08-020) NRHP form and photos

Campbell house (1935), 2465 Woodscrest Ave, Lincoln, Nebraska. (LC13:D05-493)

Lincoln Liberty Life Insurance Building (1936), 113 N 11th, Lincoln, Nebraska. (LC13:C09-048) [7]

Little Building remodel (1936), 113 N 11th St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[11]

Andrews house (1937), 2626 S 24th, Lincoln, Nebraska. (LC13:D05-482)

C. E. Swanson house (1937), 2633 S 24th, Lincoln, Nebraska. (LC13:D05-535)

Edward and Claire Schaumberg House (1937), 3450 E Pershing Road, Lincoln, Nebraska.[30][d]

McKelvie Building (1938), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Walt & Son Music Company Building (1939), 1140 O, Lincoln, Nebraska. (LC13:C09-124)

York Municipal Auditorium Building (1940), Northeast corner 7th & Nebraska Ave, York, Nebraska.[8] (YK11-003/YK10-004)

Gordon Auditorium Building (1940-1943), 311 N. Oak St., Gordon, Nebraska.[8] (SH05-034)

Earl & Florence Luff House (1940), 3501 W Pershing Road, Lincoln, Nebraska.[30]

Fredrick & Florence Misch House (1941), 3300 E Pershing Road, Lincoln, Nebraska.[30]

Delta Tau Delta house (1949), 715 N 16th, Lincoln, Nebraska. (LC13:D09-___)

House (1951), 2530 S 24th, Lincoln, Nebraska. (LC13:D05-479)


Clinton Elementary School, 1520 N 29th, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Northeast High School, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][a]

House, 4929 Huntington, Lincoln, Nebraska. (LC13:F12-287)


a. In association with Davis & Wilson, Architects.

b. Ernest R. Rokahr & Sons, Lincoln, Nebraska, Contractors.[9]

c. As early as 1926, Meginnis & Schaumberg had a contract with the "Masonic Building Corporation" to design a Masonic temple for 17th and L Streets.[20]

d. Edward G. Schaumberg lived in two homes in Woodsshire that he or the Meginnis & Schaumberg partnership designed, the first at 3250 E Pershing (of 1927) and the second (1937) at 3450 E Pershing.[30]


1. Nebraska State Journal (January 16, 1927), 4G.

2. Nebraska State Journal (January 16, 1927), 11G.

3. Nebraska State Journal (January 16, 1922): 10, illus.

4. "Harry Meginnis Dies while attending SAR Meeting," Lincoln Star (February 23, 1943), 1.

5. Dee Gunnerson, Lincoln, to D. Murphy, 1984. (see file)

6. Tom Kaspar. Personal communication with D. Murphy, 3.14.2003.

7. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

8. Tom 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.

9. North Platte Public Schools, North Platte, Nebraska: A Dedication Program, March Thirteenth Nineteen Hundred Thirty-One (North Platte: Kelly & Son, [1931]); in Rokahr Family Collection, MS3584, S.6, f.6. Nebraska State Historical Society archives.

10. Application for Registration to Practice Professional Engineering and Architecture, Nebraska State Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Architects, June 14, 1938. Nebraska State Historical Society RG081 SG2

11. Zimmer, Ed., Harry Meginnis Biography (Lincoln: City of Lincoln, 2006).

12. Neues Derwaltungsgebäude auf d em ftadtifchen flugfelf in Lincoln [New Administration Building on the...Airfield...], The World Newspaper (December 22, 1932), 5.

13. "Notice to Bidders," Lincoln (Nebraska) Evening Journal (July 21, 1931), 20.

14. "New Building Contracts to Davis & Wilson, Meginnis & Schaumberg," Lincoln (Nebraska) Star (June 28, 1925), 1; "Auditorium at Farm," Lincoln (Nebraska) Star (January 17, 1926), 10 ("Industrial Section").

15. "Will Push [Irving] Junior High. Board expects to let contract this winter," Lincoln (Nebraska) Evening Journal (November 17, 1925), 1.

16. "Must Consult his Guide. Motorist will not find Lincoln Milestone cluttered with names and distances," Lincoln (Nebraska) Evening Journal (January 20, 1926), 1.

17. "New J. C. Ridnour Co. Building specially arranged, of latest fireproof and daylight design," in five-page "Ridnour Section," Lincoln (Nebraska) Star (March 14, 1926), R-1.

18. "Church Plans Received," mentioning Meginnis & Schaumberg as architects of new Mitchell High School, Lincoln Evening Journal (June 12, 1926), 2.

19. "Work Starts August 1 on New Federal Trust Building" (with rendering), Lincoln (Nebraska) Star (July 11, 1926), 1, 2.

20. "Architects for Temple. Masonic Corporation Contracts with Meginnis & Schaumberg to design building," Lincoln (Nebraska) Evening Journal (July 28, 1926), 11.

21. "Mere Mention" includes reference to Lincoln Builders Bureau receiving plans & specs for $150,000 Fullerton High School, Lincoln (Nebraska) Evening Journal (January 9, 1928), 9.

22. "Ashland Methodists to build church," Lincoln (Nebraska) Evening Journal (July 7, 1928), 4.

23. "State Abandons Geneva Dormitory. Rejects bids aggregating $25,897, without equipment, because appropriation is $10,000 short," Lincoln (Nebraska) Evening Journal (August 28, 1928), 2.

24. "Lincoln Firms Get Contracts to build cottage for colored girls at Geneva School. Total cost of structure unfurnished to be $36,541," Lincoln (Nebraska) Star (August 6, 1929), 1, 12.

25. "Bryan Memorial to be Enlarged. Contract will be let in September for first unit of new hospital building," Lincoln (Nebraska) Star (August 25, 1929), 2.

26. "New Home F. A. Roehl Nash Co. at 1418 'P' Street" (with photo), Lincoln (Nebraska) Star (October 4, 1929), 12.

27. "New High School at Crawford Under Construction" (with rendering), Lincoln (Nebraska) Evening Journal (December 13, 1929), 19.

28. "An Invitation to attend...The formal opening of the new Wadlow's Mortuary" (exterior & interior photos), Lincoln (Nebraska) Star (March 23, 1930), E-7.

29. "Outstate Construction," Omaha (Nebraska) World-Herald (April 7, 1929), 8-D.

30. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places within the Woodsshire Residential Historic District. See National Register narrative

31. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places within the Greek Row Historic District. SEE National Register narrative

Page Citation

E. F. Zimmer and D. Murphy, “Meginnis & Schaumberg, Architects,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, May 2, 2017. Accessed, June 1, 2020.

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