William E. Findley (1849-1908), Architect

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1888-1908

William E. Findley was born in 1849.[3] He was an Omaha architect. He practiced independently for a few years and was half of the Findley & Shields and F. M. Ellis & Co. partnerships before working for John Latenser, Architect.[b] Findley died on December 20, 1908, and was survived by his wife and two children, Ray Findley and Mrs. Charles Hopper of Omaha.[3][4]

This page is a contribution to the publication, Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. See the Format and contents of Nebraska architect entries page for more information on the compilation and page organization.

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Omaha, Nebraska, 1888-1909

Educational & Professional Associations

1888: architect, Omaha, Nebraska.[a]

1888-1893: architect and partner, Findley & Shields, Architects, Nebraska.

1894-1896: architect, Omaha, Nebraska.

1896-1898: architect and partner, F. M. Ellis & Co.

1899-1900: architect, Omaha, Nebraska.

1902-1905: architect, John Latenser, Omaha, Nebraska.

1905-1909: draftsman, John McDonald, Architect, Omaha, Nebraska.[a]

Buildings & Projects


Building (1889), 2122 Spencer St., Omaha, Nebraska.[2] (DO09:0140-145)

Building (1889), 3010 Mason St., Omaha, Nebraska.[2] (DO09:0206-019)

The Georgia Rowhouse (1889), 1040 S. 29th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[2] (DO09:0205-002)

Henry H. Stephens House (1889), 3647 Charles St., Omaha, Nebraska.[2] (DO09:0327-001)

Pacific Street Rowhouse (1890), 2959-69 Pacific St., Omaha, Nebraska.[2] (DO09:0204-011)

W.D. Mead Jr. Duplex (1890), 1029 S. 30th Ave., Omaha, Nebraska.[2] (DO09:0206-046)

House (1893), 1733 S. 10th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[2] (DO09:0115-174)

W. M. Bell house (1893), 1134 S 32nd St, Omaha, Nebraska.[1][2] (DO09:0204-028)

William Findley doublehouse (1901), 1701 Park Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[1][2] (DO09:0201-009)

William Findley doublehouse (1901), 1705 Park Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[1][2] (DO09:0201-010)

W.F. Negele House (1905), 3515 Hawthorne Ave., Omaha, Nebraska.[2] (DO09:0216-015)

House (1906), 4106 Izard St., Omaha, Nebraska.[2] (DO09:0325-039)

William Findley doublehouse (1906), 1306 Park Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.[1][2] (DO09:0203-018)

Corn Show Building (ca. 1907). Omaha, Nebraska.[3][4]


Dundee Church (n.d.), Omaha, Nebraska.[3]

Emmanuel Baptist Church (n.d.), Omaha, Nebraska.[3]


a. First Omaha directory listing, 1888; last Omaha listing, 1909.

b. Findley was not found in the federal census in Nebraska or Iowa in 1880, 1900, 1910, or 1920.


1. Landmarks, Inc., An Inventory of Historic Omaha Buildings (Omaha: City of Omaha and Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission, 1980), 85, 160, 160, 159.

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

3. Omaha Evening Bee (December 21, 1908), 11:6.

4. Omaha Morning World-Herald (December 22, 1908), 5:4.

Page Citation

D. Murphy & E. F. Zimmer, “William E. Findley (1849-1908), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, April 22, 2020. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, September 25, 2022.

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