Rex Staal Helleberg (1928-2004), Architect

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Kearney, Nebraska, 1956-1985

DBA: Rex S. Helleberg, Architect

Rex Staal Helleberg was born on September 9, 1928 in Kearney to John and Elena (Staal) Helleberg. He attended Kearney State College from 1946-1948, whereupon he served in the United States Army’s Corps of Engineers as a Captain from 1948-1950. After serving, Helleberg received his Master's in Architecture from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.[1][2] In 1956, he joined the prolific Kearney firm of his father and brother, Helleberg & Helleberg. Helleberg married Marilyn in 1969, and they had two sons and a daughter. In 1989, Helleberg moved to Pennsylvania where he taught architecture and did architectural consulting. Helleberg died November 18, 2004 in Pennsylvania.[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.

Educational & Professional Associations

1945: graduate, Kearney High School.[2]

1951: BA Architecture, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Nebraska.[2]

1954: Master's of Architecture, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Nebraska.[2]

1956-1969: partner and architect, Helleberg & Helleberg, Architects

1964: member, American Institute of Architects.[2]

1969-1985: partner and owner, Helleberg & Helleberg, Architects

Buildings & Projects

Helleberg's work was typically accomplished on behalf of the firm, Helleberg & Helleberg. See the Helleberg & Helleberg buildings and projects lists for more information.

National Guard Armory (1965), Ogallala, Nebraska.[3]

Housing Project (1966), Minden, Nebraska.[3]

West Company Factory Addition (1967), Kearney, Nebraska.[3]

Aurora Elementary School (1968), Aurora, Nebraska.[3]

Reserve Officers Training Corps Building (1969), Kearney, Nebraska.[3]



1. “Project Listings,” TS ([Kearney, NE]: Rex S. Helleberg, Architect, [1985]). Copy in Nebraska State Historical Society, Historic Preservation Division, Architect files.

2. "Obituaries," Kearney Hub (November 22, 2004).

3. American Institute of Architects, comp. "American Architects Directory" Third Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1970), 395, accessed April 4, 2010,

Page Citation

L. Allen & D. Murphy, “Rex Staal Helleberg (1928-2004), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, March 6, 2019. Accessed, September 18, 2020.

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