William E. Stockham (1868-1940), Architect

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1907-1940
William Stockham, ca. 1938.

William E. Stockham was born September 3, 1867, in Illinois. He attended high school in Omaha, then entered into the architecture business as a draftsman for George L. Fisher. Stockham left Omaha briefly to fight in the Spanish-American War, then returned to continue working in architecture, becoming a partner in a string of Omaha firms during the twentieth century. He was married to Ella, and he had a son, Richard. Stockham died in February 1940.[4][5][6][7][9][10]

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.

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Omaha, Nebraska, 1908-1909, 1913-1916,1920-1921, 1923, 1925-1931, 1936-1940

Educational & Professional Associations

1887: High School student, Omaha, Nebraska.[8]

1887: entered office of George L. Fisher, Omaha, Nebraska.[8]

1887-1907: draftsman at different times for Fisher & Lawrie; Henry Voss; F.A. Henninger; Mendelssohn, Fisher & Lawrie; Swift & Company, draftsman and building packing plant buildings.[8]

1897-1897: not listed, Omaha, Nebraska.

1898-1904: clerk, Board of Public Works, Omaha, Nebraska.

No 1905 directory.

1906: inspector, City Engineer, Omaha, Nebraska.

1907: with H. F. Cady Lumber Company, Omaha, Nebraska.

1907-1915: architect and partner, Misener & Stockham, Omaha, Nebraska.[8]

1917-1923: architect and partner, Stockham & Baker, Omaha, Nebraska.[8]

1928-1935: architect and partner, Lawrie & Stockham, Omaha, Nebraska.[8]

1938: Registered Professional Architect Nebraska, August 15, 1938, A-60.[7]

1938-1940: architect, Omaha, Nebraska.

Buildings & Projects

House (1913), 1402 Park Wild Ave., Omaha, Nebraska.[3] (DO09:0065-029)

Commercial Building (1913), 1202 Dodge St., Omaha, Nebraska.[3] (DO09:0125-032)

National Printing Company Bldg (1913-1915), 406 S 12th, Omaha, Nebraska.[1:46][2][3] (DO09:0123-029)

House (1914), 1715 S. 15th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[3] (DO09:0115-048)

Commercial Building., (1914), 1702 S. 10th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[3] (DO09:0115-164)

Apartment (1915), 1912-18 Burt St., Omaha, Nebraska.[3] (DO09:0130-024) [3]

Commercial Building. (1915), 4008 Hamilton St., Omaha. (DO09:0327-026)

Building (1915), 424 S. 13th Street, Omaha, Nebraska.[3] (DO09:0121-048)

Fred J. Melchior House (1919), 2707 Fontenelle Blvd, Omaha, Nebraska.[1:125][3] (DO09:0334- 003)

Corps of Engineers Building. (1920), 408 S. 18th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[3] (DO09:0124-048)

Building for I. Pasca (1920), 2219 Military Ave., Omaha, Nebraska.[1:149][3] (DO09:0332-004)

Order of Odd Fellows Bldg (Music Box) (1926), 118 N 19th St., Omaha, Nebraska.[1:30][3] (DO09:0126-022)

Commercial Garage (1926), 2215 Harney St., Omaha, Nebraska.[3] (DO09:0124-045)

Nebraska Concession Supply (1926), 1120 Capitol Ave., Omaha, Nebraska.[3] (DO09:0125-025)

Building (1928), 1902 California St., Omaha, Nebraska.[3] (DO09:0128-055)


a. Not found in federal census in Nebraska in 1900.


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

2. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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

4. “Stockham,” Lincoln Star (February 17, 1940), 7:4.

5. “Stockham,” Omaha World Herald (February 18, 1940), 1-D: 1.

6.”William E. Stockham,” Omaha World Herald (February 19, 1940), 12:2.

7. Application of W. E. Stockham for Registration to Practice Professional Engineering and Architecture, Nebraska State Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Architects, January 20, 1938. Nebraska State Historical Society RG081 SG2.

8. Letter to State Board of Examiners, January 20, 1938, attached to reference 7.

9. 1910 United States Census, s.v. “William E. Stockham,” Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, accessed through HeritageQuestOnline.com.

10. 1920 United States Census, s.v. “William E. Stockham,” Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, accessed through HeritageQuestOnline.com.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “William E. Stockham (1868-1940), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, March 19, 2015. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, September 24, 2023.

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