Mendelssohn, Fisher & Lawrie, Architects

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1888-1893


Louis Mendelssohn, Omaha, Nebraska

George Lee Fisher, Omaha, Nebraska

Harry Lawrie, Omaha, Nebraska

See the individual architects' page for biographical information.

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.

Kirkendall Block, 1889, Omaha (Lynn Meyer)

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Omaha, Nebraska, 1888-1893

Lineage of the Firm

1881-1885: Dufrene & Mendelssohn, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska

1885-1886: Mendelssohn & Fisher, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1887: Mendelssohn & Lawrie, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.[a]

1888-1893: Mendelssohn, Fisher & Lawrie, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.[b]

1893-1896: Louis Mendelssohn (1842- ), Architect, Omaha, Nebraska.[c]

1893-1913: Fisher & Lawrie, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

Other Associations

ca. 1887-ca. 1907: employed William E. Stockham, as draftsman, at some unspecified time during this period.

1888: employed George A. Berlinghof (1858-1944), Architect, as draftsman.

Buildings & Projects

University Library - Architecture Hall, 1891-1895 (D. Murphy)


Proposal for Lancaster County Courthouse (1888), Lincoln, Nebraska.[14][d]

Minnelusa Pumping Station (1888-1889), Omaha, Nebraska.[12] (DO09:0256-002)

Commercial Building (1889), 1817 Leavenworth St., Omaha, Nebraska.[13] (DO09:0120-003)

Kirkendall Block (1889), 109 S. 16th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[12] Demolished. (DO09:0123-001)

Pickering Memorial Methodist Church (1889), 20th & Davenport, Omaha, Nebraska.[4]

E. E. Brown house (1890), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Building for G. Hicks (1890), 3003 Pacific, Omaha, Nebraska.[10][12] (DO09:0204-008)

Faith Temple Church of God In Christ (1890), 2108 Emmet St., Omaha, Nebraska.[12] (DO09:0142-002)

Lincoln Hotel, southeast corner of N. 9th & P Sts., Lincoln, Nebraska.[15]

Omaha Merchants Express Transfer (1891), 802 S. 14th, Omaha, Nebraska.[11] (DO09:0119-027)

University Library (1891-1895), northwest corner 11th & R St, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.[11][13] (LC13:C09-007)

Western Normal College (ca. 1892), rural Lancaster County, Nebraska.[5] (LC00-037)


C. O. Taylor house (n.d.), Ottumwa, Iowa.[7][9] (ca. 1895-97)

First National Bank (n.d.), Omaha, Nebraska.[3] (Cf. Mendelssohn & Fisher, The Herald)


a. Retirement of George Fisher announced, January 1, 1887.[2]

b. Fisher rejoins the firm, January 1, 1888.[1]

c. Mendelssohn's 1896 Omaha City Directory listing, "Moved to Europe."

d. In February 1888, at least thirteen architects vied for the commission to design Lancaster County Commissioners. Nebraska-based architects included Ellis, Mendelssohn, Fisher & Lawrie, Hodgson & Son, Architects of Omaha; and Placey, James Tyler, Hawkins, and Gray of Lincoln.[14]


1. “Mendelssohn & Lawrie,” Omaha Daily Bee, Annual Review (January 1, 1888).

2. “Mendelssohn & Lawrie,” The [Omaha] Herald (January 1, 1887).

3. John Grant, “Mendelssohn, Fisher & Lawrie,” Glimpses of Omaha (ca. 1888), 50-51.

4. Omaha Daily Bee (March 12, 1889), 5, and (April 1, 1889), 2.

5. Western Normal College [catalog] (1892), inside front cover (see LC00-037).

6. Carbon copy specification, A Brick Dwelling for E. E. Brown, Lincoln, Nebraska (April 1890, Nebraska State Historical Society Library: MSS — Brown, Erastus E).

7. David Murphy, phone converstaion with Ralph Christian, Iowa S.H.P.O., June 23, 1986.

9. Drawings in owner's possession

10. Landmarks, Inc., An Inventory of Historic Omaha Buildings (Omaha: Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission, 1980).

11. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

12. City of Omaha Planning Department, Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission, Database, Query on Architects, May 20, 2002; courtesy of Lynn Meyer, Preservation Planner.

13. "Library (Old)," Kay Logan-Peters, An Architectural Tour of Historic UNL (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, UNL Libraries, 2005) Accessed February 24, 2015.

14. "After a Courthouse. The County Commissioners Commence the Work of Examining Plans--A Large Number of Architects in the Competition," (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (February 22, 1888), 2.

15. "Notice to Contractors," (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (April 6, 1890), 12.

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Page Citation

D. Murphy & E. F. Zimmer, “Mendelssohn, Fisher & Lawrie, Architects,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, September 6, 2021. Accessed, August 13, 2022.

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