Robert W. D. Baker (1835- ), Superintendent

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1890-1913

Born in March, 1835, in Massachusetts, little is known about Robert W. D. Baker until the 1890s when, in his late fifties, he is identified as the superintendent of the Bee Building Company in Omaha. Robert W. D. Baker was occasionally listed as an architect, but appears to have primarily been working as a construction superintendent. He was the father of Arthur Dixon Baker, who had a prominent career in Omaha and Grand Island.[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, 1890-1915

Educational & Professional Associations

1890: superintendent, Omaha, Nebraska.

1890-1897: superintendent, Omaha, Nebraska.

1898: inspector, Omaha, Nebraska.

1899: architect and partner, R. W. Baker & Son, Omaha, Nebraska.[a]

1900-1903: architect, Omaha, Nebraska

1903-1912: superintendent, Omaha, Nebraska.

1912-1915: no Omaha listings.[b]

Buildings & Projects


a. This year he was listed in the classified section of the Omaha directory as partnering with his son, Arthur Dixon Baker, Omaha, Nebraska.

b. Note that his son was working in California during these years, and perhaps R. W. followed him there to take advantage of the same opportunities; see Arthur Dixon Baker.

c. He was the father-in-law of Charles F. Beindorff, Omaha, Nebraska.[2]


1. 1900 United States Census, s.v. “Robert W. Baker,” Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, accessed through

2. “Arthur D. Baker Taken by Death Early Sunday,” Grand Island Daily Independent (December 11, 1933), 4.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Robert W. D. Baker (1835- ), Superintendent,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, July 23, 2013. Accessed, September 25, 2022.

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