Victor F. Beck (1880-1943), Mason-Architect

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Omaha, 1904-1917, and North Platte, Nebraska, 1918-1920


Victor F. Beck was born on January 25, 1880 in Denmark, and appeared in Omaha as early as 1904 as a brick mason. By 1910 he was married to Louise, and was still a brick contractor and builder in Omaha. In 1911 he began advertising as an architect in Omaha, and remained there in that practice at least until 1914. By 1918, he was in North Platte, practicing as a structural architect, and by 1920 he had one son. He remained in North Platte until his death in 1943, where he is buried, but it is not known how long he continued in practice there prior to his death.[3][4][5][6][7]

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.

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Hotel Palace, 1918 (Courtesy, Susan Ugai)

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Omaha, Nebraska, 1911-1917

Educational & Professional Associations

1904-1908: mason, Omaha, Nebraska.[a]

1910: brick contractor & builder, Mantel Construction & Specialty, Omaha, Nebraska.

1911-1914: architect, Omaha, Nebraska.[b]

1918-1920: architect (structural), North Platte, Nebraska.[4][5]

1930-1943: resident of North Platte, Nebraska.[c]

Buildings & Projects

N. Hilding house (1911), 2112 Pinkney, Omaha, Nebraska.[1][2] (DO09:0142-059)

Plan for Six-room house (1912), Omaha, Nebraska. [9][10]

Plan for square 2-story home (1915), Omaha, Nebraska.[8]

Richi Ugai Hotel (1918), North Platte, Nebraska.[7]

Plan for Garage for John Ottenstein (ca. 1918), 6th St. and east of Romigh garage, North Platte, Nebraska. [11]

Plan for Apartment House (ca. 1919), 414 West Second St., North Platte, Nebraska.[12]

Plan for Monument to Lincoln County soldiers (ca. 1919), North Platte, Nebraska.[13][d]

Notes

a. First verified Omaha listing, 1904; no listing in 1902 or earlier.

b. Last listing in Omaha directories, 1914.

c. 1930 telephone book and 1942 City Directory.

d. From reference [13]: "...[the shaft] will be six feet square at the base and twenty feet high. It is proposed to use re-inforced concrete as the building material, and imbedded in the shaft will be a bronze dedicatory tablet properly inscribed."

References

1. Landmarks, Inc., An Inventory of Historic Omaha Buildings (Omaha: City of Omaha and Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission, 1980), 162.

2. City of Omaha Planning Department, Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission, Database, Query on Architects, May 20, 2002; courtesy of Lynn Meyer, Preservation Planner.

3. 1910 United States Census, s.v. “Victor Beck,” Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, accessed through HeritageQuestOnline.com.

4. 1920 United States Census, s.v. “Victor Beck,” North Platte, Lincoln County, Nebraska, accessed through HeritageQuestOnline.com.

5. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005. Accessed May 15, 2013.

6. “Victor F. Beck,” FindAGrave.com, accessed May 15, 2013, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=BEC&GSpartial=1&GSbyrel=all&GSst=31&GScntry=4&GSsr=961&GRid=60602306&

7. “Bids Opened Last Night for the Ugai Hotel,” North Platte Semi-Weekly Tribune (June 11, 1918), 1, accessed through Chronicling America on April 17, 2014, http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/2010270504/1918-06-11/ed-1/seq-1/#date1=1836&sort=date&date2=1922&words=Mr+Ugai&searchType=basic&sequence=0&index=8&state=Nebraska&rows=20&proxtext=Mr.+Ugai+&y=14&x=17&dateFilterType=yearRange&page=1

8. "Convenient Square House," Omaha Sunday Bee (Mary 23, 1915), 8.

9. "Six-Room House Planned by Victor Beck" Omaha Daily Bee (April 16, 1914), 10. Accessed December 13, 2017 via Newspapers.com https://www.newspapers.com/clip/15662158/omaha_daily_bee/

10. "Six-Room House Planned by Victor Beck" Omaha Daily Bee (April 26, 1914), 36. Accessed December 13, 2017 via Newspapers.com https://www.newspapers.com/clip/15662116/omaha_daily_bee/

11. "Plans New Garage" The North Platte Semi-Weekly Tribune (May 24, 1918), 1. Accessed December 13, 2017 via Newspapers.com https://www.newspapers.com/clip/15662190/the_north_platte_semiweekly_tribune/

12. The North Platte Semi-Weekly Tribune (December 19, 1919), 7. Accessed December 13, 2017 via Newspapers.com https://www.newspapers.com/clip/15662288/the_north_platte_semiweekly_tribune/

13. The North Platte Semi-Weekly Tribune (May 13, 1919), 1. Accessed December 13, 2017 via Newspapers.com https://www.newspapers.com/clip/15662235/the_north_platte_semiweekly_tribune/

Page Citation

D. Murphy & Catherine Cramer, “Victor F. Beck (1880-1943), Mason-Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, December 13, 2017. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, August 20, 2019.


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