Walker & Best, Architects
C. Howard Walker, Boston, Massachusetts
Herbert R. Best, Omaha, Nebraska
Walker & Best was the first of C. Howard Walker's career extensions into Omaha from his base in Boston. Best became a partner of Walker's in Boston in 1888, and opened the Omaha office in 1890. The next year Thomas R. Kimball, Architect, who had likely known Walker for some time in Boston, joined the firm as Walker, Kimball & Best. Best, however, died suddenly in 1891, causing another firm name change to Walker & Kimball. The partnership was successful in obtaining commissions from the start.
Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings
Omaha, Nebraska, 1890-1891
Lineage of the Partnerships
1888-1891: Walker & Best, Architects, Boston, Massachusetts, and Omaha, Nebraska, 1890-1891.
1891: Walker, Kimball & Best, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska, and Boston, Massachusetts.[[#References[2:346]]]
1892-1899: Walker & Kimball, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska, and Boston, Massachusetts.[[#References[2:346]]]
1900-1928: Thomas R. Kimball, Architect, Omaha, Nebraska
1928-1934: Kimball, Steele & Sandham, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska
Buildings & Projects
Rising Star Baptist Church (1890), 1823 Lothrop St., Omaha, Nebraska. (DO09:0140-014)
Farnham St. Store (1890), Farnham St., Omaha, Nebraska.
Houses for Thomas Swobe (1891), Landon Court, Omaha, Nebraska.
1. City of Omaha Planning Department, Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission, Database, Query on Architects, May 20, 2002; courtesy of Lynn Meyer, Preservation Planner.
2. David Lynn Batie, “Thomas Rogers Kimball (1890-1912): Nebraska Architect,” Nebraska History 60 (1979): 321-356.
3. Boston Directory, 1886-1895, 1899-1900. Boston Athenaeum Digital Collections. Accessed February 23, 2017. http://cdm.bostonathenaeum.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16057coll32
4. "Store on Farnam Street, Omaha, Neb, Walker & Best, Archts," ink perspective rendering, Thomas R. Kimball Collection, RG3607, Nebraska State Historical Society Archives.
5. "Item #3365 and #3413" St. Croix Architecture (May 24, 2011). www.stcroixarchitecture.com
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D. Murphy, “Walker & Best, Architects,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, February 7, 2019. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, February 4, 2023.
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