Robert Bruce Widstrom (1924-2006), Architect

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1953-1976

Robert Bruce Widstrom was born July 7, 1924 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He got his Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University after serving as Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Widstrom proceeded to practice architecture in Iowa and Nebraska with several firms, acting as a partner in Boyer, Biskup & Widstrom and in R. Bruce Widstrom & Associates. Widstrom was a member of Tau Sigma Delta, Tau Beta Pi, and the Omaha Building Board of Review. He served as chairman for the Board of Review from 1969-1970.[1][2][3]

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

Omaha, Nebraska, 1955-1976

Educational & Professional Associations

1943-1945: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army.[2]

1951: Bachelor of Architecture, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.[1][2]

____: James H. Walsh, Spencer, Iowa.[1]

1953: designer, Leo A. Daly Company, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.[a]

1954: architect draftsman, Omaha, Nebraska.

1955: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska, A-357; December 31, 1955.[3]

1955-1956: designer, James E. Loftus, Architect, Omaha, Nebraska.

1957-1959: architect and partner, Boyer, Biskup & Widstrom, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1962-1976: architect and principal, R. Bruce Widstrom & Associates, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

____: B. H. Backlund Associates, Engineers & Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.[1]

1976: not listed, Omaha, Nebraska

1982: License expired December 31,1982.[3]

Other Associations

1969-1976: employed Donald L. Smith, draftsman (1969-1972) and team captain (1973-1976).

1970-1976: employed John Joseph Tewhill, Jr., architect (1970) and vice president (1971-1976).

Buildings & Projects

Brownell Hall School (1958), Omaha, Nebraska.[1]

St. Benedicts Church (1958), Omaha, Nebraska.[1]

Merrick County Hospital (1959), Central City, Nebraska.[1]

First Presbyterian Church (1959), Broken Bow, Nebraska.[1]

St. Johns School (1959), Lincoln, Nebraska.[1]

St, Columbans Office Building (1961), Bellevue, Nebraska.[1]

King of Kings Lutheran Church (1964), Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

Place 90 Office Building (1967), Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

Oakridge Housing Project Homes (1969), Des Moines, Iowa.[2]

Teamsters Union Office Building (1969), Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

Park Place Apartments (1969), Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

Honors & Awards

Mention, Nebraska Architects Association,1960, St. John’s School, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1]


a. First Omaha directory listing, 1953. No Omaha directory, 1952.


1. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory Second Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1962), 759, accessed April 4, 2010,

2. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory Third Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1970), 989, accessed April 4, 2010,

3. “Professional license results for R. Bruce Widstrom,” State of Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects website, accessed September 24, 2013,

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Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Robert Bruce Widstrom (1924-2006), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, April 7, 2015. Accessed, August 18, 2022.

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