Robert Charles Dawson (1930-2014), Architect

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Watertown, New York; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Lincoln, Nebraska, 1966-2006

Robert Charles Dawson was born in Sioux City, Iowa on May 26, 1930.[2] In 1956, he earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Nebraska, where he had joined the fraternity Sigma Chi.[2][3] Dawson then went to work for Sargent, Websterm Crenshaw & Folley in Watertown, New York; he later worked in San Juan, Puerto Rico as a project architect for the firm.[3]

After moving back to Lincoln, Dawson became a founding partner of Hemphill, Vierk & Dawson, Architects. He retired from the firm in 2006.[3] Dawson died in Lincoln, Nebraska on April 26, 2014.[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

Lincoln, Nebraska, 1966-2000

Educational & Professional Associations

1956: Bachelor of Architecture, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.[2]

____: Sargent, Websterm Crenshaw & Folley, Watertown, New York and San Juan, Puerto Rico.[3]

1964-2006: architect and partner, Hemphill, Vierk & Dawson, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.[2][3]

1966: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska, A-754; December 17, 1966.[1]

Buildings & Projects

Reimers Kaufman Building (1967), Lincoln, Nebraska.[2]

Nebr. Home for Children Housing (1968), Lincoln, Nebraska.[2]

Apartment Building 1724 L St. (1968), Lincoln, Nebraska.[2]

Physical Education Building, Doane College (1969), Crete, Nebraska.[2]

Physical Education & Art Department Building, Hastings College (1969), Hastings, Nebraska.[2]



1. “Professional license results for Robert Charles Dawson,” Nebraska State Board of Engineers and Architects Website, accessed April 1, 2003, <>

2. American Institute of Architects, comp., "American Architects Directory", Third Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1970), 209, accessed April 4, 2010,

3. Obituary, Lincoln Journal Star (April 29, 2014), B3.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Robert Charles Dawson (1930-2014), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, March 25, 2003. Accessed, March 31, 2020.

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