Ozias M. Zander (1848-1940), Architect

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Omaha, 1890-1898; South Omaha, Nebraska, 1902-1903; Sheridan, Wyoming, 1904-1916

DBA: O. M. Zander

Ozias M. Zander was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 7, 1848, the son of carpenter, Aerulius, and Lucinda Zander.[8][13] He practiced his trade of carpenter and builder for twenty-two years, beginning ca. 1870, and then in 1880, while in Minneapolis, was identifying himself as an architect and builder.[1][5] By 1890, when he moved to Omaha, he was devoting his efforts exclusively to architecture. In November of that year he entered into a partnership with J. S. Blake as Blake & Zander.[1] The partnership dissolved in 1895.[1][2][7][9] While in Omaha, the Omaha Society of Architects was formed at his offices in 1897, and in 1898, he displayed a model underground street railway design at the “Greater American Exposition fairgrounds,” a possibly misdirected reference to the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition of that year.[14][15]

In 1904 Zander moved to Sheridan, Wyoming, and practiced there at least through 1916.[9][11] By 1920 he had moved to King County, Washington, where he was listed as a 71 year old painter at the shipyard.[10] Zander was married to Mary Jane B. Beach. They had two daughters and five sons, twenty-one grandchildren and twenty-five great-grandchildren. He died at Tacoma, Washington on October 31, 1940.[4][5][6][8][10][12][13]

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.

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Omaha, Nebraska, 1894-1904.[7]

Educational & Professional Associations

1870: laborer, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.[12]

1880: architect and builder, Minneapolis, Minnesota.[5]

1890-1895: architect and principal, Blake & Zander, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.[1][a]

1895-1904: architect and owner, O. M. Zander, Architect, Omaha, Nebraska.[1][4][7]

1904-1916: architect, Sheridan, Wyoming.[6][11]

1920: painter, King County, Washington.[10]

Buildings & Projects

Building for N. Husted (1898), 3221 Poppleton Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[2:164][3] (DO09:0204-091)


a. Zander joined Blake on November 18, 1890.[1]


1. John Lethem, “Blake & Zander,” Historical and Descriptive Review of Omaha (Omaha: Jno. Lethem, [1892?]), 112.

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

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

4. 1900 United States Census, s.v. “Ozias M. Zander,” West Omaha Precinct, Douglas County, Nebraska, accessed through HeritageQuestOnline.com.

5. 1880 United States Census, s.v. “Ozias M. Zander,” Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, accessed through HeritageQuestOnline.com.

6. 1910 United States Census, s.v. “Ozias M. Zander,” Sheridan, Sheridan County, Wyoming, accessed through HeritageQuestOnline.com.

7. A Comprehensive Program for Historic Preservation in Omaha (Omaha: Omaha City Planning Department, 1980), 92-93.

8. “Ozias M. Zander,” FindAGrave.com, December 28, 2012, accessed April 9, 2015, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=zander&GSfn=o&GSmn=m&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=102761042&df=all&

9. “News of the Week,” The Improvement Bulletin (January 16, 1904): 14. Accessed April 19, 2016. Google Books.

10. 1920 United States Census, s.v. “Ozias M. Zander,” Mount View precinct, King County, Washington. Accessed April 19, 2016. Ancestry.com.

11. “A Look Back in Time: January 4, 1916,” Accessed April 19, 2016. http://www.sheridanwyoming.com/. The article states that Zander was appointed Sheridan City building inspector.

12. 1870 United States Census, s.v. “Ozias M. Zander,” Prairie du Chien, Crawford County Wisconsin. Accessed April 19, 2016. Ancestry.com.

13. 1860 United States Census, s.v. “Ozias M. Zander,” Eastman, Crawford County, Wisconsin. Accessed April 19, 2016. Ancestry.com.

14. “Architects Organize,” Omaha World-Herald (April 11, 1897): 8.

15. The Improvement Bulletin (July 15, 1898): 12. Accessed April 19, 2016. Google Books.


Compilation of this page benefited substantially from research contributed by Patrick Thompson, architectural historian, Restoration Exchange Omaha, May 16, 2016.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Ozias M. Zander (1848-1940), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, May 28, 2016. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, September 30, 2022.

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