Parker N. Berry (1888-1918), Architect

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Chicago, Illinois, 1909-1919

Parker N. Berry was born on September 2, 1888 in Hastings, Nebraska to Elvetta Noble and John Berry.[1][3][4] He grew up in Princeton, Illinois. At the age of 21, Berry became the chief draftsman for prominent Chicago Architect Louis Sullivan.[2] In some cases, Berry was also the designer along with Sullivan and other draftsmen. He was the first applicant in the State of Illinois to score a perfect exam on his Illinois State boards to receive his architect's license in 1912.[4] Berry married Grace Robertson from in 1913. He died prematurely on December 16, 1918 of an illness at the age of 30.[2][4]

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.

Educational & Professional Associations

1906: graduated Princeton, Illinois, High School.[1]

1907-1908: student in architecture, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.[1]

1909-1917: apprentice architect, Louis Sullivan, Architect, Chicago, Illinois.[1][2]

ca. 1912-1917: chief draftsman, chief assistant, and designer, Louis Sullivan, Architect, Chicago, Illinois.[2][3]

Buildings & Projects

Henry Adams Building (1912), 123 E State St, Algona, Iowa.[3][a]

Proposal for Owatonna High School (1916), Owatonna, Minnesota.[2][a]


a. This building was designed by both Louis Sullivan and Parker Berry.[2]


1.Donald L. Hoffman, "The Brief Career of a Sullivan Apprentice: Parker N. Berry," Prairie School Review 4:1 (1967): 7-15.

2.Robert Twombly, Louis Sullivan: His Life and Work (1986: The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Illinois), 396.

3. H. Alan Brooks, The Prairie School: Frank Lloyd Wright and His Midwest Contemporaries. (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1972); 311, 316, 343.

4. "Parker Noble Berry," FindAGrave' Accessed September 12, 2019 via

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Parker N. Berry (1888-1918), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, September 12, 2019. Accessed, August 11, 2020.

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