Sinclair Hille & Associates, Architects

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Lincoln, Nebraska, 1981-


John E. Sinclair, Architect

James “Jim” C. Hille, Architect

Sinclair Hille & Associates, Architects was a Lincoln architectural firm started by John Sinclair and Jim Hille in 1981.

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, 1981-2003

Other Associations

1984: Christopher Beardslee, landscape architect, became an associate.[6]

1986: JoAnne Kissel, planner, became an associate.[6]

1988: Richard Toren, architect, became an associate.[6]

1989: Patricia Birch, architect, became an associate.[6]

1992: Gordon Hardle, architect, became an associate.[6]

Buildings & Projects


Addition to Jaynes Street Community Church (1981), Omaha, Nebraska.[6][11]

Remodel of Sports Courts Fitness Center (1981), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][11]

Historic Rehabilitation of the Candy Factory Atrium (1982), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][11]

First Church of Christ Scientists (1982), NE corner 19th & D, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][11]

Eckhardt Residence (1983), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][11]

Goodtimes Fitness Center (1983), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Hillis Greenhouse (1983), 230 N 7th St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Wayside Housing (1983), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][11]

Historic Rehabilitation of Hayward Place Condominiums (1984), 1223 N 9th St, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][11]

Marysville Bank (1984), Marysville, Kansas.[6]

Miller & Paine, Gateway Mall (1984), 6100 O St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][11]

Barkley Memorial Center (1984), 253 Center St, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][11]

Bruckner, O’Gara, Keating, Sievers & Hendry Law Offices (1985), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][11]

Grand Island Parking Garage (1985), Grand Island, Nebraska.[6][11]

Third Floor Addition (1985), Miller & Paine, Gateway Mall, 6100 O St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][11]

Valentino’s Restaurants (1985), various locations, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][11]

Hardy Building Housing Project (1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Lincoln Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Clinic (1986), 575 S 70th St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Southern Heights Presbyterian Church (1986), 5750 S 40th St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Historic Rehabilitation of WaterPark Condominiums (1986), 2901 A St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][11]

Beattie Elementary School, Gymnasium Addition (1987), 1901 Calvert St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

CenterOaks Housing Project (1987), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

FairOaks Housing Project (1987), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Christ Lutheran Church, Education Wing (1987), 4325 Sumner St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Sanctuary Addition, First Presbyterian Church (1987), 104 S. 10th St., Norfolk, Nebraska.[6]

Lincoln Electric System Headquarters Remodel (1987), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Groundwater Educational and Visitor Center (1987), Wood River, Nebraska.[10]

Lincoln Water System Treatment Plant (1987-1994), Ashland, Nebraska.[6]

Fort Robinson Museum Elevator and Vet Hospital (1988), Crawford, Nebraska.[6]

Hawthorne Elementary School Remodel (1988), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

HWS Remodel (1988), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Lincoln Airport Authority Warehouses (1988), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Madonna Centers Rehabilitation Hospital Expansion (1988), 5401 South St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Department of Correctional Services, Double Y Building Remodel (1989), 801 W Prospector Pl., Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center (1989), 1326 S 32nd St., Omaha, Nebraska.[6][a]

Irving Middle School Addition and Renovation (1989), 2745 S 22nd St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Jensen Residence (1989), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][11]

Union Bank Depot Remodel (1989), 20th & O, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Addition and Renovation, College of Business Administration, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Sanctuary Addition, Christ Lutheran Church (1990), 4325 Sumner St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Clerk of the District Court Remodel (1990), 555 S 10th, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Community Mental Health Renovation (1990), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Grainger Building Renovation (1990), 105 N 8th St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Health Department Remodel (1990), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Juvenile Court Remodel (1990), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

K Street Records Center Rehabilitation (1990), NW corner 9th & K, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Gymnasium Addition, Northeast High School (1990), 2635 N 63rd St., Lincoln, Nebraska [6]

Que Place Garage (1990), SE corner 11th & Q, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

North Façade Addition, St. Francis Chapel [old St. Elizabeth Hospital] (1990), 12th & South, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Remodel, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church (1990), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Remodel, YWCA Day Care (1990), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Expansion and Remodel, Charles H. Gere Branch Library (1991-94), 2400 S 56th St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Remodel, Alexander Building (1991), NE corner 14th & Q, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.[6]

Chimney Rock Visitor Center (1992), 9822 County Road 75, Bayard, Nebraska.[6][b]

Lux Middle School (1992),7800 High St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Scott Middle School (1992), 2200 Pine Lake Rd., Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Nebraska Air National Guard, Indefinite Service Contract (1992), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Charles Trust Senior Housing (1993), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Cotner & Vine Senior Housing (1993), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Addition and Renovation, East High School (1993), 1000 S 70th St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Nebraska Heart Institute & Heart Hospital (1993-2003), 91st & Pine Lake Road, Lincoln, Nebraska.[5][6]

Olsson Associates Office (1993), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Neihardt Hall (1993), Wayne State College, E 12th St., Wayne, Nebraska.[6]

Interior Remodel (1994), Citizen’s State Bank, Seneca, Kansas.[6]

daVinci’s (1994), Omaha, Nebraska.[6]

Remodel (1994), Energy Square, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Remodel (1994), First United Methodist Church, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Remodel (1994), Health Department, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Lincoln Water System, Operations Center (1994), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Renovation (1994), Lincoln Water System, Treatment Plant, Ashland, Nebraska.[6]

Meadow Ridge Apartments (1994), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Nebraska Air National Guard Composite Support Facility (1994), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Nebraska Air National Guard Engine Shop (1994), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Nebraska Municipal Power Pool Energy Corporate Office (1994), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Papillion Public Library (1994), Papillion, Nebraska.[6]

Park Meadows Apartments (1994), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Pine Street Station Redevelopment (1994), Grand Island, Nebraska.[6]

Remboldt Ludtke & Berger Law Office, Master Plan and Remodel (1994), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Ridge Hollow Apartments (1994), 5851 N 23rd St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Sandoz Coating Room (1994), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

YWCA Housing Project (1994), SW corner of 15th & O, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

14th & Old Cheney Development (1995), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Ridge Place Development (1995), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Bluestem Apartments (1995), Grand Island, Nebraska.[6]

Design Data Corporate Park (1995), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Hall of Justice (1995), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Addition (1995), Lancaster County Juvenile Attention Center, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Landscapes Unlimited Office Building (1995), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Landscape Design (1995), Lincoln Water System Treatment Plant, Ashland, Nebraska.[6]

Olsson Associates Office Expansion (1995), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Olsson Associates Office Remodel (1995), Grand Island, Nebraska.[6]

Gas Cylinder Storage Building (1995), Sandoz Labs, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Remodel (1995), Alexander Building (Office of Admissions), NE corner 14th & Q St., University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Student Union Expansion and Renovation (1995), 1400 R St., University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Emergency Housing (1996), Department of Correctional Services, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Remodel (1996), Lincoln Community Playhouse, 2500 S 56th St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Paul VI Heights Housing (1996), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Union Bank (1996), NW corner 27th & Pine Lake Road, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Interior Remodel (1996), Union Bank, SW corner 13th & O, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Van Dorn Meadows (1996), Lincoln, Nebraska.[6]

Sinclair Hille Office Building (ca. 1999-2000), NE corner 7th & Q, Lincoln, Nebraska.[ed]

Haymarket Parking Garage (ca. 2001-02), NW corner 9th & Q, Lincoln, Nebraska.[ed]

Student Suites and Townhouse Village (ca. 2002-03), Nebraska Weslyan University, 5000 St Paul Ave., Lincoln, Nebraska.[1]

Marvin and Virginia Schmid Law Library expansion (ca. 2002-03), University of Nebraska, East Campus, Lincoln, Nebraska.[2][c]

North Star High School (ca. 2002-03), 5801 N 33rd, Lincoln, Nebraska.[4][d]

University Housing-Husker Courtyards (ca. 2002-2004), SW corner 17th & Vine, Lincoln, Nebraska.[ed]

Fallbrook “new urbanism” style Housing Plan (2003), Fallbrook, Lincoln, Nebraska.[3]

City of Lincoln, Block 38 LLC, garage and highrise (2011), 13th & Q, Lincoln, Nebraska.[7]

North American Martyrs Catholic Church (2004), 1101 Isaac Drive, Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Horizons Community Church, 3200 Grainger Parkway (2004).[8]


Southwood Lutheran Church (n.d.), 4301 Wilderness Hill Blvd., Lincoln, Nebraska.[8][a]

Capitol Environs Master Plan (n.d.), Lincoln, Nebraska. [11]

Urban Transit Shelters (n.d.), NW corner of 11th St. & N St., Lincoln, Nebraska. [11]

Triangle Park Master Plan (n.d.), 27th & Capitol Pkwy., Lincoln, Nebraska. [11]

Statue of Liberty Plaza (n.d.), corner of 27th & A St., Lincoln, Nebraska. [11]

Christ Lutheran Church Master Plan (n.d.), 4325 Sumner St., Lincoln, Nebraska. [11]

Historic Rehabilitation of Tifereth House Apartments (n.d.), 344 South 18th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska. [11]

Historic Rehabilitation of H.P. Lau Office Building (n.d.), 231 N. 8th St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[11]

Blue Valley National Bank (n.d.), unknown. [11]

Hebron Recreation Center (n.d.), Hebron, Nebraska. [11]

Floors Inc. Warehouse (n.d.), 5201 S 19th St, Lincoln, Nebraska. [11]

Hastings State Bank (n.d.), Hastings, Nebraska. [11]

Taylor Greens Community Development (n.d.), Rockhurst Dr. & Haverford Circle., Lincoln, Nebraska. [11]

Radcliffe Residence (n.d.), Lincoln, Nebraska. [11]

Gade Residence (n.d.), Lincoln, Nebraska. [11]

Ruud Residence (n.d.), Lincoln, Nebraska. [11]

Reed Residence (n.d.), Lincoln, Nebraska. [11]

Gold’s Galleria Tenant Spaces interior design (n.d.), SW corner of 11th & O St., Lincoln, Nebraska. [11]

Gold’s Galleria 5th floor interior design (n.d.), SW corner of 11th & O St., Lincoln, Nebraska. [11]

Interior, Modern Business Systems (n.d.), 8251 Northwoods Dr., Lincoln, Nebraska. [11]

Interior, Sheppard’s Business Interiors (n.d.), 725 S 72nd St, Omaha , Nebraska. [11]

Interior, Brester Contruction Co. Offices (n.d.), 1200 Infinity Ct, Lincoln, Nebraska. [11]

Interior, Sinclair, Hille, & Associates Offices (n.d.), NE corner of 8th & Q St., Lincoln, Nebraska. [11]

Honors & Awards

2005: Honorable Mention – International Parking Institute’s 2005 International Parking Awards competition, Haymarket Parking Garage, corner of 9th and Q St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[9]


a. The lead designer was Patricia Birch.[6]

b. The lead designer was Kevin Clark.[8]

c. These projects were completed in association with Alley Poyner Architecture.[2]

d. These projects were completed in association with Bahr, Vermeer & Haecker, Architects.[4]


1. “Wesleyan’s new housing aims at student success,” Lincoln Journal Star (March 2, 2003): 9M.

2. “New Roost for Legal Eagles,” Lincoln Journal Star (March 2, 2003): 13M.

3. “Fallbrook: linking past and the future,” Lincoln Journal Star (February 23, 2003): 1M.

4. “Opening of North Star gives northwest city a new identity,” Lincoln Journal Star (February 23, 2003): 9M.

5. The exterior design, landscaping, and construction management; in association with M.E. Group, Inc., prime engineers and consultants, Lincoln and Omaha, and Stein Cox Group, Architects, Phoenix, Arizona, Kirkham Michael Associates, Architects, Omaha, and Olsson Associates, Engineers, Lincoln, structural and civil engineering. M.E. Group, Inc., “Building with Vision,” Nebraska Heart Institute Heart Hospital, supplement to the Lincoln Journal Star [April 2003]: 10.

6. Two postcards celebrating 15 years of Sinclair Hille & Associates, 1981-1996 [Nebraska State Historical Society architects files].

7. Construction sign, 14th & Q, observed September 14, 2011.

8. Reeves, Bob, “Church Architecture: Function and Spirit,” Lincoln Journal Star (April 8, 2007): 1K-2K.

9. “Sinclair Hille Architects gets International Award,” Lincoln Journal Star (May 30, 2005): 4A

10. Correspondence from John. E. Sinclair to Dr. James Hanson, Nebraska State Historical Society. July 29, 1987.

11. Sinclair Hille & Associates, Architects (Lincoln: The Firm, n.d.)

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Sinclair Hille & Associates, Architects,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, April 27, 2017. Accessed, May 30, 2020.

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