Nathan Bruce Hazen (1897-1985), Architect
DBA: N Bruce Hazen, Hazen & Robinson, et al.
Nathan Bruce Hazen was born in Peoria, Illinois on March 13, 1897, son of Elisha Brewster Hazen and Agnes McGill. He attended the Bradley Polytechnic Institute in Peoria from 1915-1917, then the University of Pennsylvania from 1917-1918. After serving in the United States Navy during World War I, Hazen earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois in 1922.
Hazen acquired his initial professional experience as a draftsman and superintendent at Urbana and Peoria, Illinois after the war, then moved to Lincoln, Nebraska where, in 1926, he entered extended employment with Davis & Wilson. He was married to Sidna Nutting Smith, June 26, 1937, at Brimfield Massachusetts. They had four children. Hazen was a member of the Lincoln Zoning Board from 1945-1950, and an active member of the American Legion, Nebraska Architects Association, University Club, and Westminster Presbyterian Church. He died November 10, 1985.
Hazen designed or remodeled as many as 500 Lincoln homes, many while employed at Davis & Wilson, including the first homes in the Piedmont subdivision. He was the senior partner in Hazen & Robinson for two decades in the middle of his career, a partnership that produced a number of prominent Lincoln buildings.
Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings
Lincoln, Nebraska, 1934-1976
Educational & Professional Associations
1915-1917: Bradley Polytechnic Institute, Peoria, Illinois.
1917-1918: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
1919-1921: draftsman, J. W. Roy, Urbana, Illinois.
1921-1922: supervisor of new construction, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois.
1922: Bachelor of Science, Architecture, University of Illinois, Champagne, Illinois.
1922-1924: architect, Hewitt & Emerson, Peoria, Illinois.
1925: draftsman, Fiske, Meginnis & Schaumberg, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.
1934-1945: N. Bruce Hazen Architect, Lincoln, Nebraska.
1971: architect and member, Aitken, Graf & Hazen, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.
1972-1973: member, Aitken, Hazen, Hoffman & Hull, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.
1974: member, Aitken, Hazen, Hoffman & Miller, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.
1975-1978: architect and member, Hazen, Hoffman & Miller, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska
1979: member, Aitken, Hazen, Hoffman & Miller, Lincoln, Nebraska.
Buildings & Projects
Ernst Herminghaus House (1927-1928), 1946 Kings Highway, Lincoln, Nebraska. (LC13:D04-004)
Apartment House (1930), 1601 S 20th, Lincoln, Nebraska.
Thompson House (1936), 2601 Woodscrest Ave, Lincoln, Nebraska. (LC13:D05-496)
First Church of God (1946), 135 N 31st St., Lincoln, Nebraska.
From 1949-1969 Hazen was associated with Marvin L. Robinson in the partnership, Hazen & Robinson, Architects. The following are recorded by Hazen as Principal Works of that partnership. See Hazen & Robinson's buildings and projects for the work of that firm.
Kitchen Facilities Building (1952), Nebraska State Hospital, Lincoln, Nebraska.
First Federal Building & Loan (1953), Lincoln, Nebraska.
Whitehall School (1953), Lincoln, Nebraska.
Educational Unit & Chapel (1953), Westminster Presbyterian Church, Lincoln, Nebraska.
Millard Lefler Junior High School (1956), Lincoln, Nebraska.
Bennet Martin Public Library (1962), Lincoln, Nebraska.
Nellie Cochran Woods Art Building (1962-1963), 12th & R Streets, Lincoln, Nebraska.
First Federal Savings and Loan Association, Homestead Office (1964), Omaha, Nebraska.
Westbrook Music Building (1967), University of Nebraska. Lincoln, Nebraska.
University of Nebraska Medical Research Facility Building (1968), Beatrice State Hospital, Beatrice, Nebraska.
Kimball Recital Hall (1969), University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.
Following Robinson's retirement, Hazen returned to private practice, sharing office space and sometimes partnering with a number of other Lincoln architects.
Honors & Awards
Honor Award, Institution Magazine, 1953, Kitchen Building, State Hospital.
1. The AIA Historical Directory of American Architects, s.v. “Hazen, N. Bruce,” (ahd1018993). Accessed April 30, 2016. http://public.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki
3. “Architect Hazen, designer of many UNL buildings, dies,” Lincoln Star (November 11, 1985), 7.
4. Kay Logan-Peters, "Hazen And Robinson," An Architectural Tour of Historic UNL (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, UNL Libraries, 2005). Accessed April 29, 2016. http://historicbuildings.unl.edu/people.php?peopleID=54&cid=20
5. "Proposed Bath House and Bleachers for Seward, Nebraska," by N. Bruce Hazen, Architect. Nebraska State Historical Society Collections, RG0822.AM. Accessed April 30, 2016. http://nebraskahistory.pastperfectonline.com/archive/C5171A85-AB22-4451-A384-047232575619 The initials "M.R." appear in the lower right corner of the drawing. This probably refers to "Marvin Robinson," who worked for Hazen from 1939-1946, and was his partner in Hazen & Robinson from 1947-1969.
6. “Hazen, N Bruce,” Who’s Who in Nebraska. (Lincoln: Nebraska Press Association, 1940), 700.
7. Richard K Sutton, “Ernst H Herminghaus, Landscape Architect,” Nebraska History 66 (1985): 372- 391. Accessed online November 2, 2016. http://www.nebraskahistory.org/publish/publicat/history/full-text/NH1985Herminghaus.pdf
8. City of Lincoln Building Permit #42082.
9. D. Murphy, tr. "LeRoy W. "Bill" Hoffman, In conversation with David Murphy, Robert Ripley, and Thomas Kaspar" Nebraska State Historical Society Collections (April 10, 2003).
D. Murphy, “Nathan Bruce Hazen (1897-1985), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, April 30, 2016. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, June 3, 2020.
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