Thomas John Galleher (1921-2015), Contractor-Architectural Draftsman

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Tom Galleher, ca. 2010
Bassett, Nebraska, 1947-2000s

Thomas John Galleher was born on April 12, 1921 to Effa (Barr) and H.W. “Harry” Galleher in Omaha, Nebraska. He grew up in Bassett, Nebraska and lived and worked there for the rest of his life. Galleher received his degree in architectural engineering at the University of Nebraska after serving in WWII. Known in the Bassett region as “Uncle Tom,” Galleher designed several notable buildings in Rock County, including his cabin in Hidden Paradise.[1][2][3] The downtown Bassett Lodge & Range Café, for which Galleher drew blueprints and designed the interior, is on the National Register of Historic Places for its Art Moderne style and its association with the Bassett Livestock Auction.[4] Tom Galleher designed at least three buildings in the region while working at his family's lumber company for most of his career. Tom Galleher died on February 1, 2015 in Bassett.[3]

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Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1970s-2000s), Hidden Paradise, Long Pine, Nebraska. (Lydia Allen)

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

Educational & Professional Associations

1940-1942: student, Architectural Engineering, University of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska.[1][2][3]

1942: student, Architectural Engineering, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1][2][3]

1943-1946: Sergeant for specialized training in Engineering, WWII, Northern Italy.[3]

1947: graduate, Architectural Engineering, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.[3]

ca. 1947-ca. 2000s: Tom Galleher, Architect

1951-2000s : owner, H.W. Galleher Lumber Company, Bassett, Nebraska.[2]

Buildings & Projects

H.W. Galleher Lumber Company Building (now Wm. Krotter Lumber) (ca. 1947), Bassett, Nebraska.[3]

Bassett Lodge and Range Café (1951), 205 Clark St., Bassett, Nebraska.[1:102][2][3][4] [NRHP]

Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1970s-2000s), on Pine Creek, Hidden Paradise, Long Pine, Nebraska.[3]



1. Jeff Barnes, 150@150: Nebraska's Landmark Buildings at the State's Sesquicentennial (Architectural Foundation of Nebraska, 2017).

2. “Bassett Lodge & Range Café” SAH Archipedia Accessed December 4, 2018 via

3. “Obituaries: Thomas J. “Tom” Galleher” Ainsworth Star-Journal (Ainsworth, Nebraska: February 18, 2015), 2.

4. Elizabeth Chase, "Bassett Lodge and Range Café, RO01-041," National Register of Historic Places Registration Form (Lincoln, Nebraska: Nebraska State Historical Society, July 26, 2006).

Page Citation

Lydia Allen, “Thomas John Galleher (1921-2015), Contractor-Architectural Draftsman,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, December 19, 2018. Accessed, April 21, 2021.

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