Mendelssohn & Fisher, Architects

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1885-1887


Louis Mendelssohn, Omaha, Nebraska

George Lee Fisher, Omaha, Nebraska

Mendelssohn & Fisher was the successor architectural firm to Dufrene & Mendelssohn, an early Omaha practice. The firm continued to evolve with the addition of Harry Lawrie, until it segued into a partnership without Mendelssohn.

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.

Cady House, 1886-1887 (Nebraska State Historical Society)

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Omaha, Nebraska, 1885-1887

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

1885: employed George A. Berlinghof (1858-1944), Architect, as draftsman.

Buildings & Projects


Duncan Finlayson house (1886), 2017 Binney, Omaha, Nebraska.[5][7] (DO09:0140-126)

Ramge Bldg (1886), 15th & Harney, Omaha, Nebraska.[1]

H. F. Cady house (1886-1887), 1020 3rd Ave., Nebraska City, Nebraska.[3][6][8] (OT06:B-50) Not extant.

House (1888), 3122 Chicago St., Omaha, Nebraska.[7] (DO09:0212-051)

House (1889), 831 S. 28th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[7] (DO09:0205-108)

Commercial Building (1889), 1207 Howard St., Omaha, Nebraska. (DO09:0121-061)


J. T. May house (n.d.), Fremont, Nebraska.[4]

Moline Plow Company Building (n.d.), Omaha, Nebraska.[1]

McCord & Brady Building (n.d.), Omaha, Nebraska.[1]

Paddock Building (n.d.), Omaha, Nebraska.[1]

Morrison Building (n.d.), Omaha, Nebraska.[1]

First National Bank Building (n.d.), Omaha, Nebraska.[1]

William A. Paxton Building (n.d.), 16th & Farnam, Omaha, Nebraska.[1]

First Congregational Church (n.d.), Omaha, Nebraska.[1]

Exposition Building (n.d.), Omaha, Nebraska.[1]

Union Pacific Hospital (n.d.), Denver, Colorado.[1]


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

b. Fisher rejoins the firm, January 1, 1888.[2]

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


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

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

3. Mendelssohn & Fisher, “Residence Built for H. F. Cady, Esq., Nebraska City, Nebraska,” American Architect and Building News 20 (October 2, 1886), plate 562.

4. J. T. May house, Plans & specs. (copy, NSHS Archives).

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

6. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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

8. St. Croix Architecture (May 24, 2011).

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Mendelssohn & Fisher, Architects,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, February 24, 2015. Accessed, August 13, 2022.

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