Percy Boughton Newman (1883-1961), Architect

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DBA, P. B. Newman, Architect Percy Boughton Newman was born in Goderich, Ontario, Canada in 1883. He married Edith Gertrude Arnot in Toronto in 1904 and they immigrated to the U. S. in 1905, where they had six children, four born in Nebraska and in Iowa.[1][5] Newman practiced in Omaha as Hall & Newman and in Columbus as Wurdeman & Newman before moving to Saint Paul, Minnesota in the later 1910s. He resided in Los Angeles, California by 1942 and died there in 1961.[2]

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, 1907-1911, 1917

Educational & Professional Associations

1907-1908: draftsman for John Latenzer, Omaha, Nebraska.[10]

1909: draftsman for Union Pacific Railroad, Omaha, Nebraska.[10]

1910: draftsman for G. B. Prinz, Omaha, Nebraska.[10]

1914: draftsman for W. L. Steele, Mason City, Iowa.[9]

1918: building estimator for Great Northern Railroad Co., Saint Paul, Minnesota.[4]

1918: draftsman for Slifer Lundie & Abrahamson, Saint Paul, Minnesota.[6]

1919: architect, Saint Paul, Minnesota.[6][8]

Buildings & Projects



Empress Theater (1914), 421 North Main Street, Fremont, Nebraska.[3][b]


In 19__ Newman entered into a partnership with


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b. The Fremont Tribune described plans for the new theater in 1914, noting "Wurdeman & Newman of Columbus are the architects."[13]


1. "Declaration of Intention" (to become a U. S. citizen), 1942, "California, Federal Naturalization Records, 1843-1999" [database on-line], s.v. "Percy Boughton Newman." Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.

2. "California, Death Index, 1940-1997" [database on-line], s.v. "Percy Boughton Newman." Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2000.

3. "Completing Plans for Empress Theater--New Playhouse to be of Fine Modern Design--A Seating Capacity of 900," Fremont (Nebraska) Tri-Weekly Tribune (May 28, 1914), 6.

4. "U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," [database on-line], s.v. "Percy Boughton Newman." Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005.

5. "Iowa, Delayed Birth Records, 1856-1940," [database on-line], s.v. "Percy Boughton Newman.", Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2017.

6. Saint Paul, Minnesota city directories, 1918, 1919.

7. "1910 United States Federal Census," [database on-line], s.v. "Percy Boughton Newman." Lehi, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006.

8. "1920 United States Federal Census," [database on-line], s.v. "Percy Boughton Newman." Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.

9. Mason City, Iowa city directory, 1914.

10. Omaha, Nebraska city directories, 1907-1911.

Page Citation

E. Zimmer, “Percy Boughton Newman (1883-1961), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, February 8, 2020. Accessed, October 20, 2020.

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