Reinholdt Frederick Hennig (1901-1961), Architect

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1922-1961
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Reinholdt Hennig, ca. 1938.


Reinholdt Frederick Hennig was born November 8, 1901 in South Dakota but he relocated with his parents to Nebraska shortly after birth. Hennig was one of Omaha's most important architects; he was an “architect who became a bridge, tying contemporary design in Omaha over the war years.”[8] He has a long list of architectural accomplishments, which boasts much work done on residential buildings in particular. Hennig was married to Ruth, with whom he had two sons and a daughter. Hennig died March 17, 1961.[4][7]

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.

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"House of Tomorrow," 1933 (Lynn Meyer)

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Omaha, Nebraska, 1926, 1919-1931, 1934-1960

Educational & Professional Associations

1908-1916: Grade Schools, Creston, Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska.[4]

1916-1920: Central High School, Omaha, Nebraska.[4]

ca. 1920-1922: self-directed study in architecture.[4][b]

1922-1926: draftsman, Everett Dodds, Architect, Omaha, Nebraska.[4]

1926-1944: architect, Omaha, Nebraska.

1938: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska, November 15, 1938, A-91.[4]

1944-1960: design & construction manager, Omaha Division, Safeway Stores, Inc.[4][a]

1960-1961: architect, Omaha, Nebraska.

Buildings & Projects

Dated

St. John's A.M.E. Church (1921, 1943), 2402 N. 22nd St, Omaha, Nebraska.[9][d] (DO09:0136-001) National Register narrative

Underwood Apartments (1926), 4903 Underwood, Omaha, Nebraska.[3][4] (DO09:0435-007)

Scott Wilber house (1927), 808 S 67th, Omaha, Nebraska.[4]

House (1927), 715 J.E. George Blvd, Omaha, Nebraska.[3] (DO09:0438-108)

House (1928), 657 N 57th Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[3] (DO09:0436-046)

House (1928), 2703 N 53rd St, Omaha, Nebraska. (DO09:0446-085)

Buckingham Manor (1928), 4817 Chicago St, Omaha, Nebraska.[3] (DO09:0433-006)

Tudor Arms Apartments (1929), 131 S 39th, Omaha, Nebraska.[2][3][4] (DO09:0319-001)

Arlington Manor (1929), 4907 Davenport, Omaha, Nebraska.[3][4] (DO09:0433-008)

Willshire Apartments (1929), 4910 Capitol Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[3][4] (DO09:0433-016)

House (1929), 5310 Nicholas St, Omaha, Nebraska.[3] (DO09:0438-171)

House (1931), 2707 Country Club Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[3] (DO09:0446-061)

House (1933), 656 N 59th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[3] (DO09:0436-090)

"House of Tomorrow," building for the Junior Chamber of Commerce (1933), 2043 N 53rd St, Omaha, Nebraska.[1:39][3] (DO09:0444-001)

House (1933), 748 N 58th St, Omaha, Nebraska.[3] (DO09:0438-086)

House (1934), 2007 N 53rd St, Omaha, Nebraska.[3] (DO09:0444-077)

Building (1934), 2524 N. 51st St, Omaha, Nebraska.[3]

House (1935), 2704 Country Club Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[3] (DO09:0446-094)

House (1935), 2712 Country Club Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[3] (DO09:0446-092)

House (1936), 2720 Country Club Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[3] (DO09:0446-090)

House (1936), 2503 N 55th St, Omaha, Nebraska.[3] (DO09:0446-043)

Building (1936), 2501 N. 55th St, Omaha, Nebraska.[3]

D. E. Simmons house (1936), 607 N 65th, Omaha, Nebraska.[4]

J. B. Low house (1937), 91st & Hickory, Omaha, Nebraska.[4]

House (1937), 671 N 58th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[3] (DO09:0436-064)

Country Club Apartments (1940), 5314 Corby, Omaha, Nebraska.[1:109][3][c] (DO09:0446-004)

W. J. Dearth house (1941), 1516 S 58th St, Omaha, Nebraska.[1:102][3] (DO09:0424-001)

House (1941), 1502 S. 58th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[3] (DO09:0424-002)

George T. Morton house (1941), 4611 Center, Omaha, Nebraska.[1:108][3] (DO09:0310-001)

Frank Selby Apartments (1942), 830 S 37th , 3710 Marcy, 825 S 37th, Omaha, Nebraska.[1:146][2][3] (DO09:0315-001, 002, 003) National Register narrative

Apartment Building (1949), 3701 Jones, Omaha, Nebraska.[3] (DO09:0317-049)

Undated

Purported residence (n.d.), 53rd & Country Club, Omaha, Nebraska.

Notes

a. City directories from 1948-1954 list Hennig as Manager, Bramwell Construction, Omaha, Nebraska.

b. Study from works such as: Jackson, Architecture; Sturgis, History of Architecture; Moore, ____ Architecture; Moore, Renaissance Architecture; Mumford, Sticks and Stones; Ruskin, Seven Lamps of Architecture; Lethaby, Medieval Art; Morey, Christian Art; Cram, Substance of Gothic; Cram, Japanese Architecture; Cram, Ruined Abbeys of Great Britain; Cram, My Life in Architecture; Gill, Beauty Looks After Herself; Van Rensselaer, English Cathedrals; Byne, Forgotten Shrines of Spain; and current professional journals.[4]

c. In partnership with James Conley; Hennig & Conley.

d. Attributed design collaboration with the architect of record, Frederick Stott.[9]

References

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

2. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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

4. Application of Reinholdt Frederick Hennig for Registration to Practice Professional Engineering and Architecture, Nebraska State Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Architects, August 10, 1938. Nebraska State Historical Society RG081 SG2.

5. Carol Ahlgren, "Selby Apartments," National Register of Historic Places Registration Form (Omaha: 2020 Omaha, August 23, 2004).

6. “R. F. Hennig Dies on Trip,” Evening Omaha World-Herald (March 18, 1961), 14.

7. “Hennig,” Sunday World-Herald (March 19, 1961), 14B.

8. A Comprehensive Program for Historic Preservation in Omaha (Omaha: Landmarks heritage preservation Commission, 1980), 90-91.

9. Patterns on the Landscape: Heritage Conservation in North Omaha (Omaha: Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission, Omaha City Planning Department, 1984), 50.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Reinholdt Frederick Hennig (1901-1961), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, January 20, 2015. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, May 25, 2020.


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