Tracy M. Nelson (1937-2014), Architect

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North Platte, 1969-1981; Bayard, Nebraska, 1981-ca. 2000; and Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2000-2013

Tracy M. Nelson was born September 1, 1937 in Bayard, Nebraska, to Oswald and Vida Nelson. He graduated from Bayard High School in 1955. He attended Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska until 1957, whereupon he finished his degree at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, in 1958. Nelson then worked for Nelson Brothers Construction Company in Bayard until 1959, when he transferred to the Home Glass Company in Lincoln. Nelson received instruction in architecture from the International Correspondence School from 1958-1962, after which he went to work as a draftsman for Robert L. Murphy, Architect, in North Platte.

Nelson worked as a draftsman for Eric Friss from 1967-1968, then returned to work for Murphy until 1969. Nelson became a Registered Professional Architect in Nebraska, on August 2nd, 1969. In 1970, he became a partner in Murphy-Nelson Architects, at North Platte, where he worked until 1971. After the demise of the partnership Nelson worked for various companies until 1981, when he began his own practice in Bayard, Nebraska. By early in the twenty-first century he was working in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Nelson was a member and past president of the Western Chapter of the Nebraska Society of Architects, as well as a member of the Optimist Club in North Platte. He was also on the Board of Directors for the North Platte Community Playhouse and the State of Nebraska United Cerebral Palsy Association. Additionally, Nelson was a Deaconate member of the First Christian Church in North Platte. He died May 13, 2014 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.[1][2][3]

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

North Platte, Nebraska, 1969-1975

Gering, Nebraska, 1976

Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2003

Educational & Professional Associations

1955-1957: student, Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska.[1]

1957: student, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.[1]

1958-1959: Nelson Brothers Construction Company, Bayard, Nebraska.[1]

1958-1962: International Correspondence School, instruction in architecture.[1]

1959-1960: Home Glass Company, Gering, Nebraska.[1]

1960-1961: Nelson Brothers Construction Company, Bayard, Nebraska.[1]

1961-1967: draftsman, Robert L. Murphy, Architect, North Platte, Nebraska.[1][ed]

1967-1968: draftsman, Eric Friss, Architect, Eagle River, Wisconsin.[1]

1968-1969: draftsman, Robert L. Murphy, Architect, North Platte, Nebraska.[ed]

1969: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska, A-912; August 2, 1969.[2]

1970-1971: architect, Murphy-Nelson Architects, North Platte, Nebraska.[ed]

1971: draftsman, Hickey & Associates, Engineers, North Platte, Nebraska.[1][ed]

1971-1972: estimator and general manager, Musgrove Construction, North Platte, Nebraska.[1]

1972-1973: architect, Anderson & Oltman, Architects, Broken Bow, Nebraska.[1]

1974-1975: architect and partner, Hinde, Laurinat & Nelson, Inc., Architects, North Platte, Nebraska.[1]

1976: residing in Gering, Nebraska.

1978-1981: architect and partner, Hinde & Nelson, Architects, North Platte, Nebraska.[4]

1980: Hinde, Nelson & Harrison, Inc., Architects, North Platte, Nebraska.

1981-ca. 2000: architect and owner, Tracy M. Nelson, Architect, Bayard, Nebraska.[1]

2000-2013: practicing in Colorado Springs, Colorado.[2]

2014: Died, Scottsbluff, Nebraska, May 13, 2014.[3]

Buildings & Projects

Bank of Stapleton (1970), Stapleton, Stapleton, Nebraska.[a]

Police Operations Building, Colorado Springs, Colorado.[3]

Emmanuel Congregational Church, Scottsbluff.[3]


a. Designer for Murphy-Nelson, Architects, North Platte, Nebraska (D. Murphy, personal knowledge).

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1. “Brief Professional and Personal History of Tracy M. Nelson, AIA, Architect,” TS, n.d. [ca. 1981].

2. Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects online database, <> 20030328.

3. “Tracy M. Nelson, Obituary,” Scottsbluff Star Herald (May 17, 2014), accessed June 3, 2015, and The Gazette [Colorado Springs] (May 25, 2014), accessed June 3, 2015,

4. "The Nebraska Society of Architects, 1981 Directory," Dimensions: Journal for Architecture and Planning 2:1 (January 1981): 37.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Tracy M. Nelson (1937-2014), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, June 3, 2015. Accessed, May 26, 2020.

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