Steve Edgar Cook, Jr. (1925- ), Architect

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Lincoln, Nebraska, 1951-2000

DBA Steve E. Cook & Associates

Steve Edgar Cook, Jr. was born in Rayville, Louisiana on April 27, 1925. Before studying architecture, Cook served in the United States Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant from 1942-1945. He received his Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the University of Nebraska in 1950.[2][3] He owned his practice in Lincoln for four decades.

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, 1954-2000

Educational & Professional Associations

1942-1945: 2nd Lt., U. S. Army Air Force.[2][3]

1950: B.A., University of Nebraska, Lincoln.[2]

1951-1954: designer and draftsman, Lincoln Steel Works, Lincoln, Nebraska.[2]

1954: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska, A-309; December 18, 1954.[1]

1954-1958: with Davis & Wilson, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.[3]

1958-1960: designer, Hemphill & Vierk, Lincoln, Nebraska.[2][3]

1961-2000: architect and owner, Steve E. Cook & Associates, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Honors & Awards

1971: former chair of the housing subcommittee, Lincoln City Council.[5]

1971: member, City of Lincoln Building Code Study Committee.[5]

1971: member, Nebraska Association of Soil and Water Districts’ committee on urban affairs.[5]

1971: board of directors, Nebraska Chapter, American Institute of Architects.[5]

1975-1976: first vice president, League of Nebraska Municipalities.[4]

1976-1977: president, League of Nebraska Municipalities.[4]

Buildings & Projects

Superintendent of construction, Pershing Municipal Auditorium (1956-1957), 15th & N Streets, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][b]

Trailways Bus Terminal (1961), 130 N10th St, Lincoln, Nebraska.[2][a] (LC13:C09-146)

Christian Record Building (1963), Lincoln, Nebraska.[3]

College View Academy (1963), Lincoln, Nebraska.[3]

Union College Ten Year Master Plan (1964), Lincoln, Nebraska.[3]

High Rise Dorm for Men (1966), Lincoln, Nebraska.[3]

Lincoln Industrial Complex (1968), Lincoln, Nebraska.[3]


a. In association with H. A. Berry.[2]

b. The design and construction of Pershing Auditorium was a collaboration of four architectural firms, working under the title of Associated Architects; these were Davis & Wilson, Schaumberg & Freeman, Hazen & Robinson, and Fritz Craig. A fifth architect, Steve Cook, was superintendent of construction.[6]


1. “Professional license results for Steve Edgar Cook, Jr.,” Nebraska State Board of Engineers and Architects Website, accessed April 1, 2003, <>

2. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory, Second Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1962), 133, accessed April 4, 2010,

3. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory, Third Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1970), 176, accessed April 4, 2010,

4. “State’s League of Cities Names Steve Cook Chief,” Lincoln Star (September 25, 1976), 8:1-3.

5. “Two More File for Council,” Lincoln Evening Journal (March 16, 1971).

6. Del Snodgrass, "More Than 15 Firms Had Major Part in Building Structure," Lincoln Sunday Journal and Star (March 10, 1957): 2-E.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Steve Edgar Cook, Jr. (1925- ), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, November 18, 2014. Accessed, August 18, 2022.

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