Thomas Butler Borst (1840-1907), Architect-Builder

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Omaha, Nebraska, ca. 1867-1870; Dallas, Texas, ca. 1870-1875

Thomas Butler Borst was born on February 2, 1840 to Florenda Butler and James Borst in New York.[6] He was a partner in the firm Borst & Dufrene in Omaha at the end of the 1860s. Between 1844-1860 arrived Dallas’s “first two architects,” John Ryan and T. B. Borst; by 1876 Borst and Ryan had left Dallas.[3] After the Civil War, Borst, a “prominent contractor,” was in charge of building hotels and depots along the Union Pacific line.[2] He died on March 25, 1907 in New York. [6]

This page is a contribution to the publication, Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. See the Format and contents of Nebraska architect entries page for more information on the compilation and page organization.

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Omaha, 1868-1869

Educational & Professional Associations

1867-1870: partner and architect, Borst & Dufrene, Omaha, Nebraska.[1][a]

ca. 1870-1875: architect, Dallas, Texas.[3][5]

Buildings & Projects

All U.P.R.R. Stations (1867-1870), Omaha to Ogden, Utah.[1][b]


a. Borst, however, advertises as an individual architect in "Brown’s Gazetteer" of 1869.[4]

b. Stone, in History of Colorado: 197, descibes Borst as a prominent contractor, in charge of building the depots.[3]

c. Not found in United States Census in 1860, 1870, or 1880 in Texas or Colorado.


1. A. T. Andreas, “Dufrene & Mendelssohn,” History of the State of Nebraska (Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1882), 767.

2. “Frank E. Edbrook,” ed. Wilbur Fiske Stone History of Colorado Vol. 2 (Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1918), 197, accessed September 4, 2013, and through Google Books:

3. James Edward Flanders: Dallas’ First Architect Chapter 2, accessed September 4, 2013,

4. C. Exera Brown comp. “T. B. Borst, Architect,” advertisement, Brown’s Gazetteer of the Chicago and Northwestern Railway, and Branches, and of the Union Pacific Rail Road (Chicago: Bassett Brothers Steam Publishing House, 1869), 289, accessed through Google Books on September 4, 2013, RX1H5L53RuNHDO2zmSM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=zVgnUtLSMMWTyQGTxoGYCw&ved=0CEgQ6AEwBg#v=onepage&q=%22t%20b%20borst%22%20architect&f=false

5. “T. B. Borst, Architect,” advertisement, The Dallas Daily Herald (Friday May 7, 1875), 1, accessed through The Portal to Texas History University of North Texas on September 4, 2013,

6. "Thomas Butler Borst" Accessed March 7, 2018 via

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Thomas Butler Borst (1840-1907), Architect-Builder,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, March 7, 2018. Accessed, December 6, 2022.

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