Smith & Tyler, Architects

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Lincoln, Nebraska, 1880-1883


G. A. C. Smith, Architect, Lincoln, Nebraska

James Tyler, Lincoln, Nebraska

Smith & Tyler worked together on Lincoln's U. S. Courthouse and Post Office in the late 1870s, with Smith directing the work as superintendent of construction and Tyler serving as "master mechanic." With that building completed in 1879, they organized an architectural partnership in 1880, although Andreas stated in 1882 that they had been engaged in similar work separately previous to that time.[1][a]

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, 1880-1883

Educational & Professional Associations

James Tyler & Son, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska

Tyler & Brandt, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska

Tyler, Brandt & Tyler, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska

Buildings & Projects


State Journal Building (1880-1881), Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][4]

Quick's Block (1880), corner of 10th & P, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][3][a]

Extension of Commercial Hotel (ca. 1880), Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][a]

Grimes Building (1880), 926 P Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][6]

Walsh & Putnam's addition to the Academy of Music (1881), 11th & O, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][4]

Fitzgerald Block (1881), east side of 10th between O and P, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][4]

Humphrey Brothers Hardware Store (1881), O Street at 9th, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][4][5][b]

Webster & McMurtry Block (1881), 11th & M, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][4][c]

Osborne's three-story, brick warehouse (1881), 8th & O, Lincoln, Nebraska.[4]

First Ward School (1881), 9th & T, Lincoln, Nebraska.[4]

Phillips & Barnes Building (1881), 10th between P & Q, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][4]

Burr & Muir Block (1881), west side of 9th Street, north of P, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][4]


Leighton & Brown's Wholesale Drug House, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1]

Veith Building, North side P bet 8th & 9th, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1] (LC13:)

A. S. Raymond house, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1]

L. E. Cropsey house, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1]

Windsor Hotel, Seward, Nebraska.

City Block, Pawnee City, Nebraska.[1]

Dave Stevenson house, Falls City, Nebraska.[1]

C. C. Burr house (early 1880s), NW corner 16th & L, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][2][7]

C. M. Leighton house, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1]

Second Ward School, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1]

Opera House, Fairbury, Nebraska.[1]

Jefferson County Courthouse, Fairbury, Nebraska [1] ??


a. The Daily State Journal of March 6, 1880, reported that T. P. Quick "let the contract, yesterday, for the erection of a three-story brick business house, on the corner of P and Tenth streets, to Col. Smith, ex-Superintendent of the Government building, and his partner, James Tyler." The paper goes on to mention that "The third floor will be divided into small rooms, and in all probability leased to Mr. Imhoff of the Commercial [hotel], for lodging rooms..." The cost was stated as $9,500.[3]

b. Reportedly the "Largest Hall in Lincoln" (in 1881) "will be located in the third story of the Humphrey Brothers' new building on the corner of O and Ninth streets."[5]

c. Andreas identifies Smith & Tyler as architects of the Webster & McMurtry (aka Courthouse) Block, while a more contemporary source of 1882 credited them with superintending its construction, according to designs by J. J. Butler.[1][4]


1. A. T. Andreas, History of the State of Nebraska (Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1882), 1056. Accessed January 10, 2018 on-line at

2. Jim McKee, “Lincoln’s fabulous Burrs for all seasons,” Lincoln Journal-Star (June 24, 2012), D7.

3. "The First Gun. The First Contract this Season, for the Erection of a Business House, Let to Smith & Tyler," Daily (Lincoln, Nebraska) State Journal (March 6, 1880), 4.

4. "The Year 1881. It is a Successful and Booming One for the Capital City of Nebraska. A Review of Its Building Interests and Other Industries. Nealy $600,000 Expended in Business Building During the Past Year. The Value of Realty Upon which the Magnificent Business Block Rest is Fully $200,000," Lincoln (Nebraska) Daily News, (January 2, 1882), 4.

5. "The Largest Hall in Lincoln," (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (March 29, 1881), 4.

6. (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (April 7, 1880), 4; Advertisement for "Grimes' Stove Store, 936 P st., north side of P. O. Square," (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (June 10, 1883), 8.

7. "C. C. Burr's Residence. A Handsome Residence Beautifully Adorned," (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal (April 13, 1884), 4.

Page Citation

D. Murphy & E. F. Zimmer, “Smith & Tyler, Architects,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, January 18, 2018. Accessed, November 29, 2022.

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