Richard W. Grant (1862-1939), Architect

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Beatrice, Nebraska, 1888-1939


Richard W. Grant, 1938
Richard Grant was born January 5, 1862, in Sangamon County, Illinois to an American father and an English mother. He attended Beatrice Public Schools, in Nebraska, and the University of Illinois, although he claims to have trained himself as an architect. He married Ida M. Schell in 1887. Grant practiced architecture in Beatrice from 1888 until his death in 1939, with a specific focus on public buildings and public schools in Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, and South Dakota.[1][4]

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

Beatrice, Nebraska, 1890-1938

Educational & Professional Associations

1870s: High School, Beatrice, Nebraska.[4]

ca. 1884: special engineering student, University of Illinios.[4][b]

1885-1888: with N. S. Spencer, Architect, Beatrice, Nebraska.[4][a]

1888-1902: architect, 104 S 6th, Beatrice, Nebraska.[4][a]

1902: architect and partner, Berlinghof & Grant, Architects, Beatrice, Nebraska.

1904-1939: architect, Beatrice, Nebraska.

1938: Registered Professional Architect September 28, 1938, A-82.[4]

Buildings & Projects

North Platte High School (ca. 1900), North Platte, Nebraska.[2] (LN06-027)

Samuel D. Kilpatrick house (1904-1905), 701 N. 7th, Beatrice, Nebraska.[3] (GA03-166) National Register narrative

Geneva Carnegie Library (1911-1913) 1043 G, Geneva, Nebraska.[5] (FM05-046)

Fairfield Carnegie Library (1913), SW Corner 5th & D, Fairfield, Nebraska.[3][5] (CY05-004) National Register narrative

Tekamah Carnegie Library (1914), SW Corner 13th & L, Tekamah, Nebraska.[3][5] (BT06-043) National Register narrative

Wymore Carnegie Library (1914-1919), 1021 W B, Wymore, Nebraska. (GA15-011)

Undated

Hanover Lutheran Church (n.d.), rural Gage County.[1]

Notes

a. In 1888 Grant purchased the firm of N. S. Spencer and began practicing for himself.[4] The 1888 city directory also lists him this year as a contractor and builder.

b. Grant states in his application to practice architecture, 1938, that he worked under Professor Riecker while at the University of Illinois.[4]

References

1. Hugh J. Dobbs. History of Gage County, Nebraska. Lincoln: Western Publishing & Engraving Co., 1918, pp. 578-79.

2. North Platte Evening Telegraph (August 1, 1900): 1:2.

3. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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

5. State Library Commission files.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Richard W. Grant (1862-1939), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, February 3, 2013. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, February 25, 2021.


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