Watson & Strong, Architects
Elbert B. Watson, Norfolk, Nebraska
Howard J. Strong, Norfolk, Nebraska
When the legendary building career of Norfolk's J.C. Stitt ended, his practice was succeeded by the partnership of Howard Strong and Elbert Watson. Versions of this partnership continued to practice in Norfolk until the 1960s, when Strong began a career for the University of Nebraska.
Lineage of the Firm
1889-1949: James C. Stitt (1866-1949), Architect, Norfolk, Nebraska.
1949-1953: Watson & Strong, Architects, Norfolk, Nebraska.
1954-1963: Howard J. Strong Associates, Architects, Norfolk, Nebraska.
1964-1967: Simpson-Strong Architects, Inc., Norfolk, Nebraska.
Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings
Norfolk, Nebraska, 1952-1953
Buildings & Projects
Leigh Public School Addition (1952), Leigh, Nebraska.
Burwell City Hall & Fire Station (1952), Burwell, Nebraska.
Veterans Building (1953), West Point, Nebraska.
Stuart Public School (1953), Stuart, Nebraska.
Bank of Elgin (1953), Elgin, Nebraska.
Parochial School (1953), Wisner, Nebraska.
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (1953), Blair, Nebraska.
Howard J. Strong house (1953), Norfolk, Nebraska.
a. Photocopy on file (J. C. Stitt file), State Historic Preservation Office; includes a listing of all projects, plans, and tracings on file in the office of Howard J. Strong Associates, successor firm to Watson & Strong, Architects, which in turn was successor to J. C. Stitt, Architect. Only selected buildings have been culled from this publication for inclusion in the listings on this page, and those only matching the dates of the directory listings.
1. Howard J. Strong Associates, Architects [Norfolk, Nebraska] (NP:nd [ca. 1966]). Photocopy on file in the State historic Preservation office.[a]
2. "Blueprints and other documents available at Strong Home-1720 S. 77th Street," Susan I. Strong, correspondence to Bob Puschendorf, Nebraska State Historical Society, January 20, 2010. In Historic Preservation Architect Files.
D. Murphy, “Watson & Strong, Architects,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, March 1, 2019. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, November 29, 2022.
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