Peter D. Denney (1843-1912), Architect & Builder

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Fremont, Nebraska, 1866-1890; Spokane, Washington, 1900-1910

Peter Denney was born on February 12, 1843, in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania.[1] He was raised on a farm, and subsequently engaged in the lumber business before moving West in the spring of 1866.[1] Denney settled in Fremont, Nebraska, where he was engaged with an architectural firm for one year, prior to opening his own business in 1867.[1] With the exception of two years in Lincoln, Denney’s business remained in Fremont.[1] A year after opening his business, Denney married Margaret Close, and together they had two children, Roy and Eva. All were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Fremont.[1]

Denney died in 1912 at the age of 69. He was buried in Spokane, Washington, where he had lived since at latest 1900.[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

Fremont, Nebraska, 1882-1983, 1889-1990

Educational & Professional Associations

1860: day laborer, Tyrone, Pennsylvania.[4]

1861-1862: private, Union Army.[5]

1866-1890: architect, Fremont, Nebraska.[1][3][6][a]

1900: architect, Spokane, Spokane County, Washington.

1910: contractor, Spokane, Spokane County, Washington.

Buildings & Projects


a. Peter Denney is listed as a carpenter in the 1870 census.[3]


1. A. T. Andreas, History of the State of Nebraska (Chicago: The Western Historical Company, 1882), 648.

2. “Peter D. Denney,”, October 14, 2012, accessed December 2, 2014,

3. 1870 United States Federal Census, s.v. “Peter D. Denney,” Fremont, Dodge County, Nebraska, accessed through

4. 1860 United States Federal Census, s.v. “Peter Denney,” Tyrone, Blair County, Pennsylvania, accessed through

5. “Peter Denny,” National Park Service, "U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865" accessed through

6. 1880 United States Federal Census, s.v. “Peter Denney,” Fremont, Dodge County, Nebraska, accessed through

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Peter D. Denney (1843-1912), Architect & Builder,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, November 21, 2014. Accessed, March 31, 2020.

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