Paul V. Hyland, in association with J. G. McArthur, Architects

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Lincoln, Nebraska, 1915-1918

DBA: Paul V. Hyland, employing J. G. McArthur as superintendent/representative

In his initial partnership with H. H. Green, Paul V. Hyland had several major commissions in Lincoln, Nebraska between 1910 and 1914. After that partnership dissolved, Hyland continued with projects in Nebraska, employing Joseph G. McArthur as his building superintendent and representative in Lincoln, Nebraska from 1915 to 1918. In this brief period they undertook several major commercial and residential projects in Nebraska, while Hyland remained active in Illinois designing numerous banks and other commercial projects. McArthur relocated to Omaha by 1918 to supervise construction of a Hyland-designed building, then McArthur began an independent practice in Nebraska.

This page is a contribution to the publication, Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. See the format and contents page for details on the compilation and the organization of the pages.

Terminal Building, 1915-1916 (D. Murphy)

Lineage of the Firm

Paul V. Hyland, Architect, 1908-1909, Chicago, Illinois.

Hyland & Green, Architects, 1910-1914, Chicago, Illinois.

Paul V. Hyland, Architect, 1914-1926, Chicago, Illinois.

Paul V. Hyland, in association with J. G. McArthur, Architects, 1915-1918, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Hyland & Corse, Architects, ca. 1925-1931, Chicago, Illinois.

Paul V. Hyland, Architect, 1933-1942, Chicago, Illinois.

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Lincoln, Nebraska, 1917-1918: Listed as Paul V. Hyland, Architect; J. G. McArthur, Representative.[a]

Buildings & Projects

Otoe County National Bank (1915), 805 Central Avenue, Nebraska City, Nebraska.[11][b] Façade has been extensively altered (2016).

Terminal Building (1915-1916), 947 O Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[2][a] Extant (2016). (LC13:C08-298) National Register narrative

Frank H. Woods House (1916), 2501 Sheridan Boulevard, Lincoln, Nebraska.[3] Extant (2016). (LC13:D05-470) National Register narrative

Apartment house for Mrs. Kittie Melick (1916), 511 South 13th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[4] Demolished.

James L. McAfee house (1916), 1801 C St, Lincoln, Nebraska.[5][10][c] Extant (2016). (LC13:D07-051)

Remodeling of two stories of "the Interier [sic] Bank" for First National Bank (1917), 1001 O Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Remodeling of first story of Fraternity Building for Woodman Accident Co. (1918), 1301 N Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[8][12][e] Demolished for McArthur's Sharp Building (1926).

Public garage and salesroom for Nebraska Buick Auto Company (1918-1919), 1901 Howard Street, Omaha, Nebraska.[7][9][13][d] Extant (2016). (DO09:0122-034)


a. Their initial Lincoln office was in the First National Bank Building, designed by Hyland & Green, while the Terminal Building was constructed on the opposite side of South 10th Street. In 1917 and 1918, Hyland and McArthur had office space in the Terminal Building. The Nebraska directories do not list a residential address for Hyland, while McArthur rented quarters in three different Lincoln hotels or apartments in 1916-1918. When McArthur registered for the military draft in 1917, he listed his Chicago residence as his "Home address."[1]

b. In 1915, American Contractor provided several references to Hyland's design for Otoe County National Bank in Nebraska City, Nebraska. On July 31, the status of the $18,000 project was: "Plans in progress." On October 2, the general contract was announced as let to James Welsch of Nebraska City.[11]

c. The McAfee House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing property in the Mount Emerald and Capitol Additions Historic District. American Contractor of January 17, 1917 described the construction as "Finishing" and the house as a "Studio Res.," mentioning that the owner J. L. McAfee was engaged in "interior decorating." The cost was estimated at $26,000.[10]

d. Now (2016) the location of Redfield Lithography, this project was built in downtown Omaha at 19th & Howard Streets in 1918-1919. It appears to have been the final collaboration of Hyland and McArthur. Hyland's plan was described as a fireproof building of brick, terra cotta, and concrete; four stories with a basement, measuring 89 by 139 feet. Omaha World-Herald provided an illustrated account of the building shortly before it opened in January, 1919, noting "Paul V. Hyland, Omaha and Chicago, designed the structure, and J. G. McArthur has been supervising architect."[13] While this project was under construction in 1918, McArthur relocated to Omaha. One of his first independent projects was an even larger garage and salesroom for Nebraska Buick, back in Lincoln at 13th & Q Streets.

e. American Contractor of February 9, 1918 lists Hyland as the architect for this "alt.[eration]" but includes both his Chicago office address and "315 Terminal bldg., Lincoln," where McArthur maintained the firm's Nebraska office, strongly suggesting that this project at least began while Hyland and McArthur were still associates.[12]


1. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005.

2. City of Lincoln building permit application (December 18, 1915) and permit #6496 (April 6, 1916). Paul V. Hyland, architect (with both Lincoln and Chicago office addresses listed); Selden-Breck Construction Company of Chicago, Omaha, & St. Louis. Estimated cost: $280,000. "To Be Completed Aug. 1, 1916."

3. "Complete Specifications for Residence and Garage for Mr. Frank Woods, Lincoln, Nebraska. Paul V. Hyland, Archt. 29 E. Madison St., Chicago, Ill." Dated 1915. Typescript. Photocopy on file at Lincoln/Lancaster County Planning Dept.

4. City of Lincoln building permit application (May 9, 1916) and permit #6584 (May 24, 1916). Architect: Paul V. Hyland; Contractor: Selden-Breck Construction Company. Estimated cost: $32,000. Time for construction: "August 1st, 1916."

5. City of Lincoln building permit application (August 10, 1916) and permit #6730 (August 14, 1916). Architect: Paul V. Hyland; Contractor: William N. Parks. Estimated cost: $12,000. Time for construction: "120 days."

6. City of Lincoln building permit application and permit #7229 (September 18,1917). Architect: Paul V. Hyland; Contractor: W. J. Assenmacher. Estimated cost: $7,000.

7. The American Contractor (February 23, 1918), 50; (March 23, 1918), 60.

8. City of Lincoln building permit application (May 8, 1918) and permit #7485 (June 11, 1918). Architect: Paul V. Hyland; Contractor: W. J. Assenmacher. Estimated cost: $20,000.

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

10. American Contractor (January 27, 1917), 33.

11. American Contractor (July 31, 1915), 15, 38, 87; (October 2, 1915), 56, 95.

12. American Contractor (February 09, 1918), 50.

13. "Buick Soon to Occupy Splendid New Building; Illustrates Substantial Growth of Industry," Omaha World-Herald (January 19, 1919), B9.

Page credits

E. F. Zimmer, “Paul V. Hyland, in association with J. G. McArthur, Architects,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, February 26, 2016. Accessed, September 28, 2022.

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