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Lincoln, 1977-2016, and Kearney, Nebraska, 1993-2005


Kenneth B. Clark, Architect, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1946-1979 [e]

Albert Charles Hamersky, Architect, Lincoln, Nebraska. 1964-1992 [12:25-32]

William D. Schlaebitz, Architect, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1964-1987 [12:34]

Charles L. Thomsen, Engineer, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1962-1980 [12:85]

Charles G. Nelson, Architect, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1982-__.[12:116]

Harold L. Tarr, Architect, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1982-__.[12:116]

Lowell S. Berg, Architect, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1982-__.[12:116]

Bernard P. Rempe, Architect, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1982-__.[12:111]

Joanne McCandless, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1982-__.[12:116]

Dennis Scheer, Landscape Architect, Lincoln, Nebraska. [12:112]

The Clark Enersen Partners, Architects was the successor firm to Clark & Enersen, Hamersky, Schlaebitz, Burroughs & Thomsen, Architects, and the final and permanent name change for the firm that was founded in 1946. In 1977-1978, several developments occurred for the firm, including retired and newly appointed principals, a newly affirmed philosophy and corresponding company logo, an extended emphasis on communication, and a brand new office with many personalized changes to how the employees would go about their work.[12:79-81][13]

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, 1977-2003

Lineage of the Firm

1946-1962: Clark & Enersen, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1962-1971: Clark & Enersen, Olsson, Burroughs & Thomsen, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.[d][g]

1972-1977: Clark & Enersen, Hamersky, Schlaebitz, Burroughs & Thomsen, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1977-2016: The Clark Enersen Partners, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1993-2005: The Clark Enersen Partners, Architects, Kearney, Nebraska.

Other Associations

1978-__: employed Patricia J. Birch, architect. 12:116]

1978-__: employed Robert A. Olson, architect.12:116]

1978-1993: employed Stephen L. Clymer, architect. 12:116]

1982-1994: employed Paul J. Brokering, architect.

1983-__: employed Dennis Scheer, Landscape Architect.12:112]

1986-1991: employed Charles G. Nelson, architect.

2001: employed Barry M. Ward, principal.

2003: employed JoAnne Kissel, principal.

Buildings & Projects


Plant Sciences Complex, East Campus, University of Nebraska (ca. 1976-1979), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Journal-Star Publishing Company Addition (ca. 1976-1979), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8][12:169]

Ten Year Campus Plan, Union College (ca. 1976-1979), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8][12:175]

Lincoln Electric System Service Center (ca. 1976-1979), 27th & Superior, Lincoln, Nebraska.[8][12:169]

Physical Education, Health and Recreation Building, Union College (ca. 1976-1979), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8][12:175]

Wilderness Park (ca. 1976-1979), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8][12:171]

Tractor Test Facility (officially Agricultural Engineering Annex), University of Nebraska (ca. 1976-1979), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8][12:172]

Hyde Observatory (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8][12:102]

Landscaping, Nebraska State Capitol (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Lincoln Memorial Mortuary (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Centrum Retail Complex and Parking Garage (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8][c]

Air National Guard Support Facility (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8][12:175]

Fine Arts Auditorium remodel, Nebraska Wesleyan University (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

First Federal Lincoln (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Multi-Cultural Awareness Center (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Christ the King Church (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Coddington Street Fire Station (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Old City Hall renovation (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Veterans Administration Medical Center Addition (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Physicians Office Building, Lincoln General Hospital (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

First National Bank Operations Center (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Library, Union College (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

State Historical Museum (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Baumann Baseball Building, University of Nebraska (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Blessed Sacrament School Addition (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Southeast Community College Additions (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Madonna Rehabilitation Center (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

College View Post Office (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Cline Williams Wright Johnson and Oldfather Offices (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Lincoln Center Plan Update (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Morrill Hall Renovation, University of Nebraska (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

FirsTier Executive Offices (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Nebraska Book Store (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Dorsey Laboratories Landscaping (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Dietrich Linear Park (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Lancaster Manor (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8][c]

Abel Stadium, Nebraska Wesleyan University (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Retired Priests Residence (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Cathedral School Addition (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Horse Barns, Nebraska State Fairgrounds (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Nebraska School Activities Association Building (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

West Bypass Study (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Havelock Bank Downtown (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Harris Laboratories Master Plan (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Centel Space Planning (ca. 1976-1986), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Pius X High School (1977), Lincoln, Nebraska.[12:168]

Agricultural Engineering Renovation, University of Nebraska (ca. 1978), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8][12:173]

Nebraska State Historical Society Heritage Center (1978-1979), 15th & H, Lincoln, Nebraska.[4][12:98-99]

College View Seventh-day Adventist Church (ca. 1979), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8][12:165]

Sunbird House (1979), 1220 Thunderbird Ave., Lincoln, Nebraska.[12:106]

Project for Troutdale-in-the-Pines Hotel (1979), Evergreen, Colorado.[12:162]

Project for Joint-Use Facility (1979), Lincoln, Nebraska.[12:160]

Johnson County Courthouse (1979), Tecumseh, Nebraska.[12:173]

St. John Lutheran Church (1979), Beatrice, Nebraska.[12:174]


Renovation of Lincoln Community Playhouse (ca. 1980), Lincoln, Nebraska.[10][12:97]

Rock Island Railroad Linear Park (ca. 1980-1990).[10]

Downtown Renovation (J.C. Penney to NebHelp) (ca. 1980-1990), Lincoln, Nebraska.[10]

Restoration and remodel of Sharp Building, renamed the American Charter Center (1980), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Proposal to renovate building for Nebraska State Historical Society Museum (1981), 15th & P Streets, Lincoln, Nebraska.[9]

Lincoln Mall (1983), J Street between Capitol and the County-City Building, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][a]

Fredstrom Elementary School (1983), Lincoln, Nebraska.[8][10]

Addition to Eleven-Eleven Building (1985), 11th & J Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]

Meridian Park (1986), 70th & 0 Streets, Lincoln, Nebraska.[8]


Pius X High School renovations/additions (ca. 1990-2000).[10]

O Street Skywalk (ca. 1990-2000).[10][b][c]

Star City Shores family aquatic center (ca. 1990-2000), Lincoln, Nebraska.[10]

Renovation of Folsom Children's Zoo (ca. 1990-2000), Lincoln, Nebraska.[10]


1 Landmark Center (2000-2003), 1000 Lincoln Mall, Lincoln, Nebraska.[3]

Classroom, office, and sanctuary addition to Holy Savior Lutheran Church (ca. 2002), 4710 N 10th, Lincoln, Nebraska.[2]

Ameritas Life Insurance Corporation Building (ca. 2002-2003), Fallbrook Village, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1]

Sheridan Lutheran Church (2003) corner of 70th Street and Old Cheney Road, Lincoln, Nebraska.[7]


Farm Credit Services of America Corporate Office Building 2 (n.d.), Omaha, NE.[5]

Beatrice Elks Lodge & Country Club (n.d.), Beatrice, Nebraska.[12:109,174]

Project for Phelps Performing Arts Center (n.d.), Holdrege, Nebraska.[12:163]

Project for Civic Center (n.d.), Lincoln, Nebraska.[12:163]

Project for Hi-Quiet Hotel (n.d.), Evergreen, Colorado.[12:163]

Project for Brandeis Block (n.d.), block bound by M, N, 10th, & 11th St., Lincoln, Nebraska.[12:164]

Project for Chicago Towers (n.d.), Chicago, Illinois.[12:164][f]

Restoration of Ferguson Mansion and Carriage House (n.d.), Lincoln, Nebraska.[12:165]

Kearney First Methodist Church (n.d.), Kearney, Nebraska.[12:166]

Lower Platte South NRD (n.d.), Lincoln, Nebraska.[12:167]

The Neihardt Center (n.d., Bancroft, Nebraska.[12:167]

Renovation, Preservation, and Restoration of the Nebraska State Capitol Building.[12:167]

DeSoto Bend National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center (n.d.), Blair, Nebraska.[12:168]

Multicultural Awareness Center (n.d.), Lincoln, Nebraska.[12:170]

Crescent Green Park Development (n.d.), along Salt Creek, Lincoln, Nebraska.[12:171]

Eucharistic Shrine of Christ the King (n.d.), Lincoln, Nebraska.[12:172]

Harvard Public Schools (n.d.), Harvard, Nebraska.[12:174]

Farmers State Bank (n.d.), Aurora, Nebraska.[12:175]

Hampton Public School (n.d.), Hampton, Nebraska.[12:175]

Sandhills Public School (n.d.), Dunning, Nebraska.[12:175]

Lake Traverse Indian Reservation Master Plan (n.d.), South Dakota.[12:175]

Mary Moppets Preschool (n.d.), Lincoln, several locations.[12:175]

Shelby Public School Addition (n.d.), Shelby, Nebraska.[12:175]

McCool Junction School Addition (n.d.), McCool Junction, Nebraska.[12:175]

Woods Park Tennis Courts (n.d.), Lincoln, Nebraska.[12:175]

Blue Valley Home (n.d.), Hebron, Nebraska.[12:175]

Plano High School (n.d.), Plano, Illinois.[12:175]

Nebraska Public Power District (n.d.), York, Nebraska.[12:175]

Cozad Resource Center (n.d.), Cozad, Nebraska.[12:175]

Peru State College Renovations (n.d.), Peru, Nebraska.[12:175]

Cody-Kilgore Unified school Addition (n.d.), Cody, Nebraska.[12:175]

Christ United Methodist Church Renovations (n.d.), Lincoln, Nebraska.[12:175]

Lincoln Housing Authority Office (n.d.), Lincoln, Nebraska.[12:175]

Syracuse High School Additions (n.d.), Syracuse, Nebraska.[12:175]

Downers Grove Police Facility (n.d.), Downers Grove, Illinois.[12:175]

Captain Meriwether Lewis dredge on the Missouri River Restoration (n.d.), Brownville, Nebraska.[12:175]

Fairmont School Addition and Renovation (n.d.), Fairmont, Nebraska.[12:175]

Hastings State Bank (n.d.), Hastings, Nebraska.[12:175]

Family YMCA Renovation (n.d.), Columbus, Nebraska.[12:175]

Honors & Awards

1978: International Award of Merit, Illumination Engineering Society, Lincoln Memorial Mortuary, Lincoln, Nebraska.[12:159]

1979: First Place Award, Regional Design Competition, Joint-Use Facility (Library, Fire Station, Health Center), Lincoln, Nebraska.[12:160]

2012: AIA Honor Award for Detail, Farm Credit Services of America Corporate Office Building 2.[5]


a. Designed by Lawrence A. Enersen.[6]

b. In association with Davis Fenton Stange Darling, Architects. [10]

c. Project completed by Davis, Clark & Associates, a joint firm of Davis & Wilson and Clark & Enersen, Olsson, Burroughs & Thomsen, Architects. [12:24]

d. Because both Davis & Wilson, Architects and Clark & Enersen, Olsson, Burroughs & Thomsen, Architects submitted proposals for the Lincoln Air Terminal, the two firms joined together at this time to provide “construction projects of larger magnitude.”[12:24]

e. At the age of 68 in 1977, Enersen had to retire from the Board of Directors, but continued on staff as head of landscape architecture until his death in 1983.[12:77]

f. This preliminary design was worked on by The Delas Corporation, which included a Illinois firm, Wight & Company, and Clark Enersen Partners.

g. To accomplish large projects in the state of Colorado, The Clark Enersen Partners joined forces with Clapsaddle & Pond, Architects, a firm that Colorado-based C&E employee Alfons Hamersky knew well enough to help arrange. The two firms, when joined together in 1978, worked under a new entity that was named Jeffco.


1. “Ameritas is on the move in many ways,” Lincoln Journal Star (March 2, 2003), 10M.

2. “1.7 Million Addition,” Lincoln Journal Star (February 23, 2003), 3M.

3. “1 Landmark Center: chronology of NebCo activity on the Lincoln Mall,” Dedication publication, (May 1, 2003).

4. “Energy and Architectural Form,” NSHS Newsletter (February 1979), foldout.

5. “2012 AIA Design Awards,” Omaha World-Herald Special Section (October 7, 2012), 5S.

6. “Lawrence Enersen dies: noted architect was 74,” Lincoln Journal (July 9, 1983), 1.

7. “Growing Seeds of Ministry,” Lincoln Journal Star (December 20, 2003), 1C, 3C.

8. “Design at the Clark Enersen Partners 1946-1986,” The Clark Enersen Partners (February 1986).

9. L.A. Enersen, Albert C. Hamersky, & Charles G. Nelson. Letter to Nebraska State Historical Society, The Clark Enersen Partners (May 6, 1981).

10. Ed Russo, “A firm foundation,” Lincoln Journal Star (January 28, 1996), 1E-2E.

11. “Kissel joins The Clark Enersen Partners,” Lincoln Journal Star (September 1, 2003), 8A.

12. Ryan R. Horner, The Clark Enersen Partners: 50 Years of Design [in three parts]. [Lincoln: The Clark Enersen Partners, 1996].

13. "Larry Enersen:1909-1983", Dimensions: Journal for Architecture and Planning, (October 1983), 4:4.

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Page Citation

D. Murphy, “The Clark Enersen Partners, Architects,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, September 13, 2016. Accessed, December 8, 2022.

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