Richard Oliver (Sam) Freeman (1915-2003), Architect

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Lincoln, Nebraska, 1941-1985

Richard Oliver Freeman was born in Stromsburg, Nebraska on February 19, 1915 to Andrew and Lulu (nee Holmquist).[1][2][3] Freeman attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, earning his Bachelor's of Arts in Architecture in 1941.[2][3] This began Freeman’s nearly fifty-year long career, including his partnership in the firm Schaumberg & Freeman.[1] Other highlights of Freeman’s career include his Vice Presidency of the architectural firm, Hoskins, Western and Sonderegger, as well as his status as Member, Member Emeritus, Officer, and eventually President of the Nebraska Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.[1] In his personal life, Freeman was a member of the First Plymouth Congregational Church.[1] Freeman died on April 15, 2003 in Lincoln.[1][5]

This page is a contribution to the publication, Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. See the Format and contents of Nebraska architect entries page for more information on the compilation and page organization.

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Lincoln, Nebraska, 1946-1976

Educational & Professional Associations

1940: Bachelor of Arts, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][a]

1941: Bachelor of Architecture, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][b]

1941-1946: draftsman, John Latenser & Sons, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.[2][3][4]

1946-1950: architect, Meginnis & Schaumberg, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.[2][3][4]

1951-1968: architect and partner, Schaumberg & Freeman, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.[2][3][4]

1968-1969: architect and partner, Hoskins, Stippich, Schaumberg & Freeman, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1970-1971: vice-president, Harold Hoskins & Associates, Inc., Architects and Engineers, Lincoln, Nebraska.[4]

1972-1981: vice-president, Hoskins Western Sonderegger, Architects and Engineers, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1982-1985: architect, Hoskins Western Sonderegger, Architects and Engineers, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1986-1987: retired.

Buildings & Projects

First Christian Church (1958), Lincoln, Nebraska.[3]

Maximum Security Hospital (1959), Davenport, Nebraska.[3]

Grade & High School Building (1959), Davenport, Nebraska.[3]

Campus Center (1959), Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Nebraska.[3]

Biology Lab (1961), Osmond, Nebraska.[3]

Grade and High School (1961). Osmond, Nebraska.[3]

Riley Elementary School (1965), Lincoln, Nebraska.[4]

Norden Labs, Inc. Main Plant & Office Building (1966, 1969, 1970), Lincoln, Nebraska.[4]

Animal Research Facility (1969) [4]

Nebraska Hall (1968-1969), University Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.[4]

Brunswick Corporation Plant (1966, 1969), Lincoln, Nebraska.[4]

Notes

a. Phi Beta Kappa.[1]

b. With distinction.[1]

References

1. “Richard O. ‘Sam’ Freeman,” Lincoln Journal Star (April 17, 2003), 4B:2.

2. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory, First Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1956), 141, accessed March 3, 2010, http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/1956%20American%20Architects%20Directory.aspx

3. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory, Second Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1962), 227, accessed April 4, 2010, http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/1962%20American%20Architects%20Directory.aspx

4. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory, Third Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1970), 297, accessed April 4, 2010, http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/1970%20American%20Architects%20Directory.aspx

5. Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects, Sixty-Fifth Annual Report, July 1, 2002-June 30, 2003.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Richard Oliver (Sam) Freeman (1915-2003), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, December 9, 2014. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, March 31, 2020.


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