Robert Burns Gibb (1920-1990), Architect, A.I.A.

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Lincoln, Nebraska, 1954-1976

Robert Burns Gibb was born in Kimball, Nebraska on January 22, 1920. Gibb attended Nebraska Wesleyan University from 1940-1943, and went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Nebraska in 1949, at the age of 29. Thereafter, Gibb worked as a draftsman for the firm Martin I. Aitken until 1958, whereupon he began his work for Unthank & Unthank for one year’s time. In 1959, Gibb began his own architecture firm, Robert Gibb & Associates.[1]

Gibb died on November 30, 1990 as a retired architect of the State Department of Health.[2] He was survived by his wife, Mary; sons, D. Roderick and Cedric Stewart; brother, James; sister, Edith Lange; as well as 2 grandchildren.[2] He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, the UNL Alumni Association, and the American Institute of Architects.[2]

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, 1954-1976

Educational & Professional Associations

1940-1943: attending Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1]

1949: Bachelor of Arts, Architecture, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1]

1949-1958: draftsman, Martin I. Aitken, Architect, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1]

1958-1959: architect, Unthank & Unthank, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1]

1958-1976: Robert Gibb & Associates, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1]

1976-1983: architect, Nebraska Department of Health, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1984-1991: architect, Robert B Gibb & Associates, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Buildings & Projects

Dr. Maynard A. Wood residence (1953-1954), 1307 Crestdale Road, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][8][b]

Dr. LaVerne F. Pfeifer residence (1955-1956), 901 South 52nd Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][7]

Own residence (1956), 4647 Mohawk Circle, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Education Unit (1956), Christ Methodist Episcopal Church, 46th & A Streets, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1]

Drs. Angle & Pfeifer Medical Clinic (1958), 3705 South Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][9]

Dr. Harlan Papenfuss residence (1960), 1550 Skyline Drive, Lincoln, Nebraska.[3][a]

Beatrice Bowling Alley (1960), Beatrice, Nebraska.[1]

First Assembly of God Church (1961), Lincoln, Nebraska.[1]

Piedmont Shopping Center (1961), Cotner Boulevard at A Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[5]

Fire Station No. 1 (1965), 18th & Q Streets, Lincoln, Nebraska.[4]


a. The Papenfuss residence is listed as a contributing resource in the Park Manor Historic Residential District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.

b. Gibb lists "Dr. M. A. Wood res." in Lincoln among his principal works in the 1962 AIA "American Architects Directory," also listing his employment at that time as draftsman in the office of Martin I. Aitken. Aitken is identified as the architect on the building permit for Dr. Wood's house at 1307 Crestdale, issued in 1953.[8]


1. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory, Second Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1962), 245, accessed March 2, 2020,

2. Lincoln Star (December 1, 1990), 9:1.

3. City of Lincoln Building Permit #77345; issued September 15, 1960; estimated construction cost: $33,261.

4. "Architect Named, New 18th, Q Fire Station," Lincoln (Nebraska) Evening Journal (September 13, 1965), 6.

5. "New Shopping Center Planned on 4 1/2-Acre Tract at 50th, A," Lincoln (Nebraska) Sunday Journal and Star (April 23, 1961), 2B.

6. City of Lincoln Building Permit #69454; issued August 16, 1956; estimated construction cost: $14,000.

7. Lincoln city directories, 1959.

8. City of Lincoln Building Permit #61418; listing Martin I. Aitken as architect; issued September 8, 1953; estimated construction cost: $29,900.

9. "Building Record over $7,500...Addition to medical clinic at 3705 South, Dr. Everett Angle & Dr. LaVerne Pfeifer, $11,250," Lincoln (Nebraska) Evening Journal (June 26, 1956), 24.

Page Citation

D. Murphy & E. F. Zimmer, “Robert Burns Gibb (1920-1990), Architect, A.I.A.,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, March 2, 2020. Accessed, April 15, 2021.

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