Mendelssohn & Lawrie, Architects

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1887


Louis Mendelssohn, Omaha, Nebraska

Harry Lawrie, Omaha, Nebraska

Mendelssohn & Lawrie was an architectural partnership that was in business for only one year before evolving into the firm of Mendelssohn, Fisher & Lawrie, Architects.

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.

Christ Church Episcopal, 1887-1890 (D. Murphy)

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Omaha, Nebraska, 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

1885-1886: employed George Lee Fisher, architect.

Buildings & Projects


J. M. Woolworth Building (1887), 1114-24 Howard, Omaha, Nebraska.[12][13] (DO09:0121-003)

B. F. Smith Warehouse (1887), 12th & Harney, Omaha, Nebraska.[2] (DO09:123-049)

Sheeley building (1887) northeast corner 15th & Howard, Omaha, Nebraska.[2][8][16]

Barker Building (1887), southwest corner 15th & Farnam, Omaha, Nebraska.[2][16]

Ramage Block (1887), southeast corner 15th & Harney, Omaha, Nebraska.[2][16]

W. J. Connell house (1887), southwest corner St Mary's Ave & 22nd, Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

First Congregational Society Church (1887), 19th & Davenport, Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

First National Bank (1887), southeast corner 13th & Farnam, Omaha, Nebraska.[2][6]

McCord-Brady & Company Warehouse (1887), 13th & Leavenworth, Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

Millard Hotel (1887), northeast corner 13th & Douglas, Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

Board of Trade Building (1887), southwest corner 16th & Farnam, Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

Moline, Milburn & Stoddard Warehouse (1887), Pacific S. of Union Station, Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

St. Peters Catholic Church (1887), Leavenworth near Phil Sheridan Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[2][16]

Hotel Barker (1887), northeast corner 13th & Jones, Omaha, Nebraska.[2][16]

Sacred Heart Convent, in Park Place (1887), Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

North American Bag Company Building (1887), 11th & Jackson, Omaha, Nebraska.[2][16]

Bemis Omaha Bag Company Building (1887, 1888, 1889), 1102-1118 Jones, Omaha, Nebraska.[11:45][12][13] (DO09:0121-029) National Register narrative

W. J. Broatch Building, 4th floor addition (1887), 1205-1211 Harney, Omaha, Nebraska.[11:130][12][13] (DO09:0123-027)

Paddock Theater and Hotel (ca.1887-1888), Beatrice, Nebraska.[3][17]

Joseph Barker House (1887), 1505 S 8th St, Omaha, Nebraska.[11:41]

Moses Block (1887), 1234-1244 S. 13th, Omaha, Nebraska.[12] (DO09:0117-006) National Register narrative

House (1887), 1916 Wirt St., Omaha, Nebraska.[13] (DO09:0140-058)

Christ Church Episcopal (1887-1890), southeast corner 5th & Lincoln, Beatrice, Nebraska.[14][15][d] (GA03-211) National Register narrative


W. A. Paxton Building (n.d.), northeast corner 16th & Farnam, Omaha, Nebraska.[2][4]

Chamber of Commerce Building (n.d.), Omaha, Nebraska.[7]

Knights of Pythias Castle Hall (n.d.), Omaha, Nebraska.[9][16]

Y.M.C.A. Building (n.d.), Omaha, Nebraska.[10]


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 states, "Moved to Europe."

d. The church agreed to hire Mendelssohn & Laurie (sic) on May 4, 1887, and the building committee was appointed on February 15, 1888.[14:24] The architects [Mendelssohn & Lawrie] submitted plans, and contracts were awarded on September 14, 1888; William H. Tyler of Lincoln was awarded the stonework.[14:27] The cornerstone was laid March 18, 1889, and the church was opened on Easter Sunday, 1890.[14:28][14:34] Mendelssohn & Lawrie, Architects were selected to design the church in the early planning stages, but the firm was officially known as Mendelssohn, Fisher & Lawrie at the time plans were submitted and the contracts awarded. A lien in the Land Record, in the amount of $2318.00, owed to W. H. Tyler, states that Tyler had supplied stone and stonework, etc., according to the plans and specs of Mendelssohn, Fisher & Lawrie of Omaha.[15] The church was completed under the supervision of the latter-named firm.


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

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

3. American Architect & Building News 22 (1887), plate 626.

4. Omaha Illustrated (Omaha: D. C. Dunbar & Co., January 1888), 55.

5. Omaha Illustrated (Omaha: D. C. Dunbar & Co., January 1888), illustration on 47.

6. Omaha Illustrated (Omaha: D. C. Dunbar & Co., January 1888), illustration on 35.

7. Omaha Illustrated (Omaha: D. C. Dunbar & Co., January 1888), illustration on 27.

8. Omaha Illustrated (Omaha: D. C. Dunbar & Co., January 1888), illustration on 87.

9. Omaha Illustrated (Omaha: D. C. Dunbar & Co., January 1888), illustration on 85.

10. Omaha Illustrated (Omaha: D. C. Dunbar & Co., January 1888), illustration on 79.

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

12. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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

14. History of the Parish of Christ Church, 1873-1923, Beatrice, Nebraska. (Beatrice, Nebr.: Milburn & Scott Co., n.d.), 24, 27-28, 34, 49.

15. Land Record, Lien 3-523, October 29, 1889. Register of Deeds Office, Gage County Courthouse, Beatrice, Nebraska. Transcript in site file GA03-211.

16. Robert Peters, “Bemis Bag Company NRHP Nomination,” OCPD (August 1978).

17. "Theatre and Hotel for A.S. Paddock (Item #4716)" St. Croix Architecture (May 24, 2011) via

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Mendelssohn & Lawrie, Architects,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, February 6, 2019. Accessed, February 21, 2019.

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