Walker, Kimball & Best, Architects

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1891


Charles Howard Walker, Boston, Massachusetts.

Thomas Rogers Kimball, Omaha, Nebraska.

Herbert R. Best, Boston, Massachusetts, and Omaha, Nebraska.[4][a]

Thomas R. Kimball joined the existing Boston and Omaha firm of Walker & Best in 1891. Best had moved to Omaha in 1889 or 1890 to open the office, which was first known as Walker & Best. Upon the sudden death of Best, late in 1891, the firm became Walker & Kimball, also with offices in Boston and Omaha.[3:346][4]

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.

Lineage of the Partnerships

1888-1891: Walker & Best, Architects, Boston, Massachusetts, and Omaha, Nebraska, 1890-1891.[5]

1891-1893: Walker, Kimball & Best, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska, and Boston, Massachusetts.

1891-1899: Walker & Kimball, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska, and Boston, Massachusetts.[b]

1900-1928: Thomas Rogers Kimball, Architect, Omaha, Nebraska.

1928-1945: Kimball, Steele & Sandham, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1946-1956: Steele, Sandham & Steele, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1957-1963: Steele, Sandham & Weinstein Company, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1963-1969: Steele, Weinstein & Associates, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1970-1971: Steele & Associates, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

Buildings & Projects

William I. Kierstead Residence (1891), 3220 Harney, Omaha, Nebraska.[1:132][2] (DO09:0210-004)


a. Batie gives the name, Herbert D. Best.[3:346]

b. Batie's dates of 1891-1889 are clearly a typographical error, meant to read, 1891-1899.[3:346]


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

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

3. David Lynn Batie, “Thomas Rogers Kimball (1890-1912): Nebraska Architect,” Nebraska History 60 (1979): 321-356.

4. Henry F. Withey and Elsie Rathburn Withey, comps. Biographical Dictionary of American Architects (Deceased) (Los Angeles: Hennessey & Ingalls, Inc., 1970), 55.

5. Boston Directory, 1886-1895, 1899-1900. Boston Athenaeum Digital Collections. Accessed February 23, 2017. http://cdm.bostonathenaeum.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16057coll32

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Walker, Kimball & Best, Architects,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, June 28, 2017. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, February 1, 2023.

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