Robert Christian Robinson (1896-1967), Architect

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1946-1947; and Council Bluffs, Iowa, 1948-1960

Robert Christian Robinson was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa on February 9, 1896. Before practicing architecture, Robinson served in the U.S. Army from 1917-1918. He became married in 1922, and had one child. In 1923, Robinson was employed by the architecture firm, Andersen & Spooner, where he worked until 1929. Robinson transferred to work for the firm, John McDonald & Alan McDonald, working there until 1948, when Robinson started his own firm. During World War II, Robinson served as the Architecture Coordinator of Buckley Field in 1942, and Alcan Highway in 1943.

Robinson was a Member of the Masonic Orders through the Shrine, Elks, Kiwanis, and the American Legion, and served as the occasional university lecturer on architecture. Robinson was highly involved in his community, serving as Chairman of the Residential Development Commissions, and Chairman of the Building Code Commission, as well as the Board of Review.[2][3] Robinson died on January 17th, 1967.[1]

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, 1946-1947

Council Bluffs, Iowa, 1948-1960

Educational & Professional Associations

____: student, Council Bluffs Public Schools, Council Bluffs, Iowa.[2][3]

1896-1915: not listed, Omaha, Nebraska.

1917-1918: U.S. Army.[2][3][a]

1923-1929: Anderson & Spooner.[2][3]

1929-1948: John & Alan McDonald, Architects.[2][3]

1942: architectural coordinator, Buckley Field.[2]

1943: architectural coordinator, Alcan Highway.[2]

1948: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska; July 9, 1948, A-201.[4]

1948-19__: Robert C. Robinson & Associates.[2][3]

Architectural Study Travel

England, France, & Italy.[2]

Buildings & Projects

Christian Home Chapel & School (1950), Council Bluffs, Iowa.[2]

Herbert C. Hoover School (1950), Council Bluffs, Iowa.[2]

Lewis Township Central School (1954), Pottawattamie County, Iowa.[2]

World Radio Labs (1954), Council Bluffs, Iowa.[2]

U.S. Post Office & Court House (1959), Council Bluffs, Iowa, with Brooks-Borg, Architects, & Engineers, Des Moines, Iowa.[3]

Ready Mixed Concrete Company Plant (1959), Council Bluffs, Iowa.[3]

Education Unit Grace United Presbyterian Church (1961), Council Bluffs, Iowa.[3]



1. AIA Historical Directory of American Architects: A Resource Guide to Finding Information About Past Architects, accessed June 15, 2010,

2. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory First Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1956), 467, accessed March 3, 2010,

3. R American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory Second Ed. (New York:. R. Bowker Co., 1962), 593, accessed April 4, 2010,

4. “Professional license results for Robert C. Robinson,” State of Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects website, accessed August 27, 2013,

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Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Robert Christian Robinson (1896-1967), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, March 10, 2015. Accessed, February 17, 2020.

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