Steele, Sandham & Steele, Architects

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1946-1956


William LaBarthe Steele, Omaha, Nebraska

Josiah Dow Sandham, Omaha, Nebraska

William LaBarthe Steele, Jr., Omaha, Nebraska

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.

Agronomy Building - Keim Hall, 1949-1952 (D. Murphy)

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Omaha, Nebraska, 1946-1947, 1953-1956

Lineage of the Firm

1891-1893: Walker, Kimball & Best, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska, and Boston, Massachusetts.

1892-1899: Walker & Kimball, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska, and Boston, Massachusetts.

1900-1928: Thomas Rogers Kimball, Architect, Omaha, Nebraska.

1928-1945: Kimball, Steele & Sandham, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1946-1956: Steele, Sandham & Steele, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska. [b]

1957-1963: Steele, Sandham & Weinstein Company, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1963-1969: Steele, Weinstein & Associates, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1970-1971: Steele & Associates, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

Other Associations

1949-1955: employed Alex Weinstein.

1951-1954: employed Kenneth E. Nelson, engineer.

1953: employed James W. Nicas, draftsman.

Buildings & Projects

Omaha Fire Station No. 5, 1948 (Diane Laffin)

Omaha Fire Department Station No. 5 (ca. 1947-1948), 4702 S 25th St, Omaha, Nebraska.[1:69][3][5] (DO09:0183-006)

Dodson Engineering Company Office and Warehouse (1948-1949), Douglas west of Saddle Creek Road, Omaha, Nebraska.[4][a]

Agronomy Building - Keim Hall (1949-1952), University of Nebraska, East Campus, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][c] (LC13:E11-175)

Student Health Center (n.d.), University of Nebraska, Lincoln.[2]


a. The World-Herald notice describes the construction as a "one story building, 50 by 120 feet, ... made of concrete tilt-up walls which are laid horizontally in panels before being raised." Bids close the following Tuesday.[4]

b. There is a floating reference to the firm, Steele, Sandham & Daxon, Architects, 1947-1952, but this is not supported by Omaha directories.

c. Preliminary planning by Linus Burr Smith (1899-1982), Architect.[6]


1. Landmarks, Inc., An Inventory of Historic Omaha Buildings (Omaha: Landmarks Heritage Presrvation Commission, 1980).

2. Kay Logan-Peters to D. Murphy, email, January 21, 2008.

3. City of Omaha Planning Department, Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission, Database, Query on Architects, May 20, 2002; courtesy of Lynn Meyer, Preservation Planner.

4. "Engineering Firm Plans New Office, Warehouse," Sunday World-Herald (September 12, 1948): 4-F.

5. “Vital Statistics and Professional Record of William L. Steele, Architect, Omaha, Nebraska, Sept. 1941.” TS with annotations including buildings designed through the 1940s. Cf. reference [6]. Copy in Nebraska State Historical Society, Historic Preservation Division, architect files. The buildings listed are under a sub-heading, “Typical Buildings Designed and Supervised by W. L. Steele.”

6. Kay Logan-Peters, "Agronomy Building (Keim)," in An Architectural Tour of Historic UNL (Lincoln: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, UNL Libraries, 2005). Accessed May 8, 2017.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Steele, Sandham & Steele, Architects,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, May 8, 2017. Accessed, August 16, 2022.

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