William LaBarthe Steele (1875-1949), Architect

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Springfield, Illinois, 1896-1897; Chicago, Illinois, 1897-1900; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1900-1904; Sioux City, Iowa, 1904-1928; and Omaha, Nebraska, 1928-1948
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William LaBarthe Steele, ca. 1937.


William LaBarthe Steele was born in Springfield, Illinois, on May 2, 1875 to parents Mary deLaBarthe and Robert Steele.[6][18][19] He married his wife Maryana (elsewhere Mariana) Green in 1901, and the couple had at least 8 children: Marianna, Harriet, Sarah, William Jr., Jane, Sally, and Phillip. A highly esteemed architect in his time, Steele worked as an architect in Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Iowa before taking up work in Omaha by 1930. He was the instigator of a longstanding lineage of Omaha firms, and was soon joined by his son in his practice. A year after his wife’s death, Steele passed away on March 4, 1949 in Neillsville, Wisconsin, and was then buried in Sioux City, Iowa. [4][18][19]

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, 1938-1948

Educational & Professional Associations

1884-1888; student, private school of Rev. J. F. Brooks, Springfield, Illinois.[5]

1892: graduate, Springfield High School, Springfield, Illinois.[6]

1892-1896: student and graduate, architectural course, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.[5][6]

1896-1897: draftsman, Asa Lyon, Architect, Springfield, Illinois.[5]

1897-1900: draftsman, Louis H. Sullivan, Architect, Chicago, Illinois.[5][6][d]

1900-1902: draftsman, Thomas Dodd, Architect, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.[5][6]

1902-1903: draftsman, Alden & Harlow, Architects, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.[5][6]

1903-1904: head draftsman, Sidney F. Heckert, Architect, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.[5][6]

1904-1905: head draftsman, W.W. Beach, Sioux City, Iowa.[5][6]

1905-1906: architect and partner, Beach & Steele, Architects, Sioux City, Iowa.[5][6]

1906-1928: William L. Steele, Architect, Sioux City, Iowa.[5][6]

1925: Professional Adviser Architectural Competition for the Wyandotte County Court House, Kansas City, Kansas.[6]

1926-1928: architect and partner, Hilgers & Steele, Architects, Sioux City, Iowa.[14][c]

1928-1945: architect and partner, Kimball, Steele & Sandham, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.[5][6]

1937: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska, board member and vice-chairman.[5]

1938-1946: architect member, Nebraska State Board of Examiners for Engineers and Architects.[6]

1946-1948: architect and partner, Steele, Sandham & Steele, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1947-1948: partner, Steele Sandham & Daxon, Architects, Kearney, Nebraska.

Buildings, Projects & Principal Works

1905-1906

Works by the partnership of Beach & Steele.

Schulein Block (early 1900s), 506-08 4th St, Sioux City, Iowa.[2:2]

Commercial Men’s Boat Club Club House (ca.1905-1906) (with Wilfred W. Beach, Architect) Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Curtis Sash and Door Company Warehouse (ca.1905-1906), Sioux City, Iowa (with W.W. Beach).[6][14]

T.S. and J.P. Martin Building (ca.1905-1906), Sioux City, Iowa (with W.W. Beach).[6][14]

Val Blatz Brewing Company Building (ca.1905-1996), Sioux City, Iowa, (with W.W. Beach).[6][14]

Badgerow Family Building (ca. 1905-1906), Sioux City, Iowa, (with W.W. Beach).[6][14]

Jonathon Brown and J.N. Bolton Building (ca.1905-1906), Sioux City, Iowa, (with W.W. Beach).[6][14]

H & H Shoe Store (ca. 1905-1906), Sioux City, Iowa, (with W.W. Beach).[6][14]

Bank and Office Building (ca.1905-1906), Mitchell, South Dakota, (with W.W. Beach).[6][14]

Poultry Building and Ice House for Richard Weber (ca. 1905-1906), Sioux City, Iowa, (with W.W. Beach).[6][14]

1906-1926

Principal works by William L. Steele, practicing alone in Sioux City, Iowa.

First National Bank and Masonic Hall Building (1907), SE corner 8th & Central Ave, Hawarden, Iowa.[16:477]

Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic School (1909), ss HWY 12, Butte, Nebraska.[3] (BD03-054) National Register narrative

Warehouse for Haley & Long (1911), 3rd & Jackson St., Omaha, Nebraska.[17]

Dr. Susan Picotte Memorial Hospital (1912-1913), 505 Matthewson, Walthill, Nebraska.[3] (TS06-164) National Register narrative

Davidson Building (1913), 6th & Pierce, Sioux City, Iowa.[8:40n46]

Crane Company Warehouse (ca. 1914), 3rd & Jackson, Sioux City, Iowa.[8:40n46]

Woodbury County Courthouse (1915-1918), 7th & Douglas, Sioux City, Iowa [1][6][8:24-25][8:122-25][10][11][12][14][16:500-501][a][e]

H. H. Everist House (1916-1917), 37 McDonald Drive, Sioux City, Iowa.[8:114-15][9][16:505]

First Congregational Church / First Baptist Church (1918), NW corner of 13th & Nebraska, Sioux City, Iowa.[8:25][8:112-13][16:502-503]

Sacred Heart School (1918), Emerson, Nebraska.[7]

Hawarden City Hall (1918), SW corner of 9th & Central, Hawarden, Iowa.[16:477]

Livestock National Bank Exchange Building (ca. 1920), Cunningham Drive, S of Chicago, Sioux City Stockyards, Sioux City, Iowa.[8:117][16:507]

Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church (1921), SE corner S 13th St & 2nd Ave S, Fort Dodge, Iowa.[16:392-93]

Hafter Sve House (1922), 2507 McDonald, Sioux City, Iowa.[8:120]

Hartington Municipal Building (1922-1923), Hartington, Cedar County, Nebraska (CD07-001)

Fairmont Park Branch Library (1924-1927), 220 S Fairmont, Sioux City, Iowa.[8:119]

Knights of Columbus Hall (1926), 8th & Douglas, Sioux City, Iowa.[8:25, 116]

Scottish Rite Temple / K of C Hall (1926), northwest corner Douglas & 8th, Sioux City, Iowa.[16:501]

Kappa Sigma House / Pi Kappa Alpha (1926), 1032 N Dubuque, Iowa City, Iowa.[16:249]

Jacobson House (1928), 4401 Perry Way, Sioux City, Iowa.[16:506]

1926-1928

Works by the partnership of Hilgers & Steele, Sioux City, Iowa.

North Side Branch Library (1928-1929), Sioux City, Iowa.[8:26]

Sacred Heart Hospital (annex), (ca.1926-1928) Yankton, South Dakota, (with George B. Hilgers, Sioux City, Iowa) [6][14]

Three Sioux City Branch Libraries, Sioux City, Iowa (with George B. Hilgers, Sioux City).[6][14]

Fairmont Park Branch Library (1924-1927), 220 S. Fairmont, Sioux City, Iowa.[8:119][16:507]

Smith Villa Branch Library (1924-1927), 1509 George, Sioux City, Iowa.[8:119][16:503]

Wertz Seed Company Warehouse, Sioux City, Iowa (with George B. Hilgers, Sioux City).[6][14]

August Williges Fur Store, Sioux City, Iowa, (with George B. Hilgers).[6][14]

1928-1945

Works designed on behalf of the firm of Kimball Steele & Sandham, Omaha, Nebraska.

Willigos Building (1930-1931), 613 Pierce St, Sioux City, Iowa.[8:121][16:501][f]

Logan Fontenelle Homes (ca. 1938), Omaha, Nebraska.[13][15][b]

Undated

Steele’s extensive “Vital Statistics and Professional Record” of 1937 listed buildings by building type, not date.[6][14] The undated buildings listed here are left in Steele’s order to assist the reader in searching the list.

PUBLIC BUILDINGS

Charles Mix County Court House, Lake Andes, South Dakota.[6][14]

Woodbury County Farm Buildings and Old Peoples’ Home, Woodbury County, Iowa.[6][14]

Woodbury County Tuberculosis Hospital, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Federal Office Building (1932), 106 S 15th St, Omaha, Nebraska.[6][14][g](DO09:0123-002)

City Hall, Hawarden, Iowa.[6][14]

City Hall, Hartington, Nebraska.[6][14]

ARMORIES:

Armory for the National Guard, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Armory for the National Guard, LeMars, Iowa.[6][14]

CLUB HOUSES:

Kappa Sigma Fraternity Club House, Iowa City, Iowa.[6][14]

Shore Acre Boat Club Club House, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Epiphany Council Building, Knights of Columbus, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Hawkeye Club remodeling, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

CHURCHES:

St. Cecilia’s Cathedral (1905-19__), Omaha, Nebraska.[6][14][h]

First Church of Christ Scientist (by Kimball, Steele & Sandham for Thomas R. Kimball) Minneapolis, Minnesota.[6][14]

Alterations at Cathedral of the Epiphany, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Alterations at St. Joseph’s Church, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

St. Frances de Chantal Church, Randolph, Nebraska.[6][14]

St. Joseph Church, Walthill, Nebraska.[6][14]

St. Patrick Church, Jackson, Nebraska.[6][14]

St. Joseph Church, Elk Point, South Dakota.[6][14]

Sacred Heart Church, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

St. Michael’s Church, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

St. Casimir’s Church, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Annunciation Church, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

St. Joseph Church, Anthon, Iowa.[6][14]

St. Mary’s Church, Auburn, Iowa.[6][14]

Immaculate Conception Church, Cherokee, Iowa.[6][14]

St. Patrick’s Church, Cedar Creek, Iowa.[6][14]

Sacred Heart Church, Fort Dodge, Iowa.[6][14]

St. Michael’s Church, Kingsley, Iowa.[6][14]

Holy Name Church, Marcus, Iowa.[6][14]

St. Joseph’s Church, Ellendale, Iowa.[6][14]

St. Joseph’s Church, Milford, Iowa.[6][14]

St. Joseph’s Church, Neptune, Iowa.[6][14]

St. John’s Church, Onawa, Iowa.[6][14]

St. Joseph’s Church, Salix, Iowa.[6][14]

St., Joseph’s Church, Schaller, Iowa.[6][14]

Francis of Assisi Church, Primghar, Iowa.[6][14]

First Congregational Church, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Greek Catholic Church, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

United Brethren Church, near Laurel, Nebraska.[6][14]

German Lutheran Church, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

German Lutheran Church, near Merill, Iowa.[6][14]

Immaculate Conception Church, Morningside, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

COLLEGE BUILDINGS:

Main Building, Trinity College, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Gymnasium, Trinity College, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Garrigan Hall, Trinity College, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Science Building, Yankton College, Yankton, South Dakota. (with George G. Elmslie, Chicago and George S. Eilgers, Sioux City) [6][14]

ACADEMIES:

St. Agnes Academy addition, Alliance, Nebraska.[6][14]

St. Catherine’s Academy addition, Jackson, Nebraska.[6][14]

St. Mary’s Academy addition, O’Neill, Nebraska.[6][14]

Mt. St. Mary’s Academy, Cherokee, Iowa.[6][14]

St. Patrick’s Academy, Danbury, Iowa.[6][14]

SCHOOLS:

Consolidated High School, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa.[6][14]

Public High School, Parker, South Dakota.[6][14]

Sacred Heart Parochial School, Yankton, South Dakota.[6][14]

St. Paul’s Indian Mission, Marty, South Dakota.[6][14]

Public School, Hubbard, Nebraska.[6][14]

Public School, Martinsburg, Nebraska.[6][14]

St. Boniface Parochial School, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Blessed Sacrament Parochial School, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Immaculate Conception Parochial School, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Immaculate Conception Parochial School, Cherokee, Iowa.[6][14]

Holy Name Parochial School, Marcus, Iowa.[6][14]

St. Boniface Parochial School, Elgin, Iowa.[6][14]

St. Peter and Paul Parochial School, Butte, Nebraska.[6][14]

St. Peter and Paul Parochial School, Bow Valley, Nebraska.[6][14]

St. Joseph Parochial School, Atkinson, Nebraska.[6][14]

St. Ann Parochial School, Dixon, Nebraska.[6][14]

St. Rose of Lima Parochial School, Crofton, Nebraska.[6][14]

St. Andrew Parochial School, Bloomfield, Nebraska.[6][14]

St. Francis de Chantal Parochial School, Randolph, Nebraska.[6][14]

Sacred Heart Parochial School, Emerson, Nebraska.[6][14]

St. Martin’s Parochial School, Odebolt, Iowa.[6][14]

Annunciation Parochial School, Coon Rapids, Iowa.[6][14]

St. Mary’s Parochial School, Humboldt, Iowa.[6][14]

CONVENTS:

Convent for the Sisters of Charity, B.V.M., Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Convent of the Good Shepherd addition, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

HOSPITALS and CHILDREN’S INSTITUTIONS:

St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital (annex), Ft. Dodge, Iowa.[6][14]

Mercy Hospital (annex), Cedar Rapids, Iowa.[6][14]

St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

St. Joseph’s Hospital (annex), Alliance, Nebraska.[6][14]

Presbyterian Hospital for Indians, Walthill, Nebraska.[6][14]

St. Monica’s Foundling Home, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

St. Anthony’s Orphanage, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Sacred Heart Hospital, LeMars, Iowa.[6][14]

LIBRARIES:

Carnegie Library, Sioux City, Iowa (with Edward L. Tilton, New York).[6][14]

Omaha Public Library Elevator Annex, Omaha, Nebraska (with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham, Omaha).[6][14]

Carnegie Library, Armour, South Dakota.[6][14]

TELEPHONE BUILDINGS:

Telephone Exchanges for N.W. Bell Telephone Company

Rapid City, South Dakota (with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham).[6][14]

North Platte, Nebraska (with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham).[6][14]

McCook, Nebraska (with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham).[6][14]

South Sioux City, Nebraska (with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham).[6][14]

Norfolk, Nebraska (with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham).[6][14]

Winner, South Dakota (with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham).[6][14]

Belle Fourche, South Dakota (with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham).[6][14]

Gordon, Nebraska (with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham).[6][14]

Valentine, Nebraska (with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham).[6][14]

O’Neill, Nebraska (with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham).[6][14]

Wayne, Nebraska (with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham).[6][14]

Minden, Nebraska (with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham).[6][14]

Sioux City, Iowa (with George Bernhard Prinz, Omaha).[6][14]

DEPARTMENTAL MUNICIPAL BUILDINGS:

West Side Pumping Station, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Two Sub-stations for the Sioux City Water Works, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Fire Station at Florence, Omaha, Nebraska.(with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham).[6][14]

MEMORIALS:

Memorial to Mrs. A. J. More, Grand View Park, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Memorial to Rt. Rev. P.J. Garrigan, Calvary Cemetery, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Memorial to W.B.T. Belt Family, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Omaha, Nebraska (with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham).[6][14]

Memorial to Allison, More, Servis Families, Logan Park, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Receiving Vault, Calvary Group and Altar, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Omaha, Nebraska (with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham).[6][14]

Roosevelt Memorial, on the Continental Divide near Missoula, Montana.[6][14]

Memorial to Nathaniel Peabody, Piney Woods, Mississippi (with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham).[6][14]

WAREHOUSE BUILDINGS:

Moore-Shenkberg Company Warehouse, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Crane Company Warehouse, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Haley-Neeley Company Warehouse, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Haley-Neeley Company Warehouse alterations, Huron, South Dakota.[6][14]

Haley-Neeley Company Warehouse alterations, Aberdeen, South Dakota.[6][14]

Hanson Glass and Paint Company Warehouse, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Hawkeye Truck Company Warehouse, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Sioux City Tire Company Warehouse, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Hornick, Hess & More Company Warehouse and Hornick, More & Porterfield Warehouse Annex and Remodeling, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

STORE & OFFICE BUILDINGS:

Davidson Realty Company Building, 6th and Pierce Streets, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Davidson Brothers Company Department Store remodeling, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

T.S. Martin Company Store, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

S. Schulein Building, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Lewis Brothers & McFaul Building, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

The Western Iowa Company Building, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

The Woodbury Company Building, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Lindholm Furniture Company Store Building, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Lindholm Furniture Company Store Building (remodeling), Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

The American Realty Company Building (The Commercial Block), Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

J.R. Crilly Building, Danbury, Iowa.[6][14]

Martin Brothers Building , George, Iowa.[6][14]

Paxton Block (Alterations), Omaha, Nebraska, (with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham).[6][14]

Castle’s Drug Store (Remodeling), Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Consumer’s Ice Company Office Building, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

T.S. Martin, Vault in Iowa Building, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Sioux City Stock Yards Company Exchange Building, Annex, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Ford Motor Company Agency, Office, Sales Room and Garage, South Sioux City, Nebraska.[6][14]

Todd Drug Store (Remodeling), Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

BANK BUILDINGS:

First National Bank Building (Annex and Remodeling), Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Merchant’s National Bank Building (Remodeling),Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Live Stock National Bank Building , Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

German American Bank and Office Building, LeMars, Iowa.[6][14]

First National Bank and Masonic Building, Hawarden, Iowa.[6][14]

Citizens State Bank Building, Creighton, Nebraska.[6][14]

Security National Bank Building, Cherokee, Iowa.[6][14]

Laurel State Bank Building, Laurel, Nebraska.[6][14]

Kimball’s Bank Building (Remodeling and New Fixtures), Hartington, Nebraska.[6][14]

Kimball’s Bank Building (Remodeling and New Fixtures), Wakefield, Nebraska.[6][14]

Bank Building, Emerson, Nebraska.[6][14]

Bank and Masonic Building, South Sioux City, Nebraska.[6][14]

MISCELLANEOUS BUILDINGS:

Grand Opera House (Remodeling), Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Moving Picture Theatre for Z. Eyres, LeMars, Iowa.[6][14]

Howard Hotel Annex, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Primghar Hotel, Primghar, Iowa.[6][14]

First Truck Depot Building, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Sammie’s Oil Company Service Station, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

C.W. Thompson Service Station, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Publications Building for Stock Yards Company, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Rendering Works Building, Iowa Rendering, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Sheep Barns and Viaduct For Stock Yards Company, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Sales Barn for Stock Yards Company, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Horse Barns, “A”, “B”, “C”, “M”, & “S” for Stock Yards Company, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Scale House for Stock Yards Company, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Brick Kiln For Brick and Tile Company, North Riverside, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Barn for J.M. Hays, Meckling, South Dakota.[6][14]

Barn for T.J. Steele, Meckling, South Dakota.[6][14]

Barn for T.S. Martin, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Baseball Grandstand, Mizzou Park, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Baseball Grandstand, Riverside Park, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Baseball Grandstand, LeMars, Iowa.[6][14]

Farm House, Barns, Sheds, etc. for the Woodbury County Farm near Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

RECTORIES:

St. Joseph’s Rectory, Ponca, Nebraska.[6][14]

St. John’s Rectory, Vista, Nebraska.[6][14]

St. Joseph’s Rectory, Anthon, Iowa.[6][14]

Holy Name Rectory, Marcus, Iowa.[6][14]

St. Mary’s Rectory, Hawarden, Iowa.[6][14]

St. Joseph’s Rectory, Carroll, Iowa.[6][14]

Sacred Heart Rectory, Boone, Iowa.[6][14]

St. Mary’s Rectory, Auburn, Iowa.[6][14]

St. Joseph’s Rectory, Struble, Iowa.[6][14]

St. James Rectory, LeMars, Iowa.[6][14]

St. Michael’s Rectory, Kingsley, Iowa.[6][14]

Sacred Heart Rectory, Sutherland, Iowa.[6][14]

St. Joseph’s Rectory, Wesley, Iowa.[6][14]

St. Michael’s Rectory, Whittemore, Iowa.[6][14]

Sacred Heart Rectory, Manilla, Iowa.[6][14]

RESIDENCES:

John McHugh Residence, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

H.H. Everist Residence, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

O.J. Moore Residence, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Charles A. Palmer Residence, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

W.B. Palmer residence, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

A.J. More Residence, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Mrs. O.C. Servis Residence, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Hafter Sve, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Dr. P.B. McLaughlin Residence, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Charles M. Finley Residence, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

T.H. Johnson Residence, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

W.H. Hotze Residence, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Ben Schulein Residence , Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Henry Metz Residence, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Percy Webb Residence, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

John A. Newton Residence, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

C.W. Sumner Residence, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Frank Gale Residence, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Dr. C.G. Gibson Residence, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Dr. Agnes Eichelberger Residence, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Dave Davidson Residence, (Remodeling) Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

George S. Parker Residence, (Remodeling), Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

F.L. Eaton Residence, (Remodeling), Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

T.C. Dymond Residence, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Mrs. I.A. Kleckner Residence,Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

J. Harry Scharf Residence, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

C.J. Leffel Residence, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

John H. Kelly Residence, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

E.S. Hood Residence, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Mrs. H.S. McClure Residence, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

John W. Carey Residence, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Eugene P. Most Residence, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14[

Frank McGrath Residence, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Cloid H. Smith Residence, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Joe Sullivan Residence, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Walter Knapp Residence, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

August Williges Residence, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

G.A. Waitt Residence, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

M.V. Duggan Residence, and many others, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

C.H. Mee Residence, Centerville, South Dakota.[6][14]

W.T. Graham Residence, Laurel, Nebraska.[6][14]

Mr. Boler Residence, Jackson, Nebraska.[6][14]

Mr. Donahue Residence, Okoboji, Iowa.[6][14]

Dr. P.P. Lucke Residence, LeMars, Iowa.[6][14]

A.C. Cooper Residence, and others, LeMars, Iowa.[6][14]

Mrs. Jennie Bailey Residence, Ida Grove, Iowa.[6][14]

S. Simon Residence, Ida Grove, Iowa.[6][14]

Sam Heike Residence, Dakota City, Nebraska.[6][14]

W.L. Belfrage Residence, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa.[6][14]

Ed Tone Residence, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa.[6][14]

Charles Murphy Residence, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa.[6][14]

Clarence Holman Residence, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa.[6][14]

Dr. R.M. Conmey Residence, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa.[6][14]

J.J. McCarthy Residence, Ponca, Nebraska.[6][14]

G.H. Renard Residence, Wausa, Nebraska.[6][14]

John Larison Residence, and others, Wayne, Nebraska.[6][14]

B.T. French Residence, Hawarden, Iowa.[6][14]

F.D. White Residence, Sioux Rapids, Iowa.[6][14]

Glenn M. Gracey Residence, Holstein, Iowa.[6][14]

P. McGuire, Holstein Residence, Iowa.[6][14]

T.J. Steele, Meckling Residence, Iowa.[6][14]

The Earle Apartments, Sioux City, Iowa.[6][14]

Dr. F.F. Whitcomb Residence, Omaha, Nebraska, (with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham).[6][14]

George Grimes Residence, Omaha, Nebraska, (with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham).[6][14]

Completed in 1936-1937

Hotel Fontenelle Alterations (ca.1936-1937), Omaha, Nebraska,(with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham).[6][14]

Cathedral Rectory Alterations and Additions (ca.1936-1937), Omaha, Nebraska.[6]

In Progress, 1937

Telephone Building Alterations and Additions (ca.1937), Mitchell, South Dakota.[6]

Bishop Ryan’s House Alterations and Additions (ca.1937), (with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham), Omaha, Nebraska. [6][14]

New Jefferson School Building (ca.1937), Board of Education, Omaha, Nebraska.[6]

1936-1940

Mitchell Telephone Building, Mitchell, South Dakota (with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham).[14]

Grand Island Telephone Building, Grand Island, Nebraska (with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham).[14]

Sidney Telephone Building, Sidney, Nebraska (with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham).[14]

AT&T Building, Lincoln, Nebraska (with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham).[14]

St. Peter’s School and Rectory, Omaha, Nebraska (with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham).[14]

Holy Trinity Parochial School, Hartington, Nebraska (with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham).[14]

Jefferson School Building, Omaha, Nebraska Board of Education (with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham).[14]

Ward Building, Hastings State Hospital, Ingleside, Nebraska (with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham).[14]

Ward Building, Lincoln State Hospital, Lincoln, Nebraska (with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham).[14]

Employees Building, Lincoln State Hospital, Lincoln, Nebraska (with Kimball, Steele, & Sandham).[14]

1940s

Telephone Building, (1941), Alliance, Nebraska. (work in progress) [14]

Cornish Field Stadium, (1941), 16th Omaha, Nebraska. (work in progress) [14]

St Cecilia Cathedral garole work (1941), Omaha, Nebraska. (work in progress) [14]

Crawford Telephone Building (1941), Crawford, Nebraska. (work in progress) [14]

St. John’s Church (1942), Holt County, Nebraska. (work in progress) [14]

FPHA War Housing-Alliance (1943) Alliance, Nebraska.[14]

Completion of St. Cecilia’s Cathedral (ca. 1944-1946), Omaha, Nebraska.[14]

Telephone Building, (ca. 1944-1946), Mobridge, South Dakota.[14]

Telephone Building (ca. 1947-1948), Rapid City, South Dakota.[14]

Telephone Building (ca. 1947-1948), Huron, South Dakota.[14]

Telephone Building (ca. 1947-1948), Lemon, South Dakota.[14]

Telephone Building (ca. 1947-1948), Winner, South Dakota.[14]

Telephone Building (ca. 1947-1948), O’Neill, Nebraska.[14]

Telephone Building Addition (ca. 1947-1948), Grand Island, Nebraska.[14]

Telephone Building (ca. 1947-1948), Sydney, Nebraska.[14]

Telephone Building Addition (ca. 1947-1948), North Platte, Nebraska.[14]

Omaha Fire Department Station No. 5 (ca. 1947-1948), 4702 S 25th St, Omaha, Nebraska, for Steele, Sandham & Steele, Architects.[14] (DO09:0183-006)

Omaha Fire Department Station No. 22 (ca. 1947-1948), Omaha, Nebraska.[14]

Air Field Surveys (ca. 1947-1948) 9 Air Fields in Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, and Missouri; physical sites not identified.[14]

Hastings Ward Building (ca. 1947-1948), Hastings, Nebraska.[14]

Publications

Notes

a. Steele was selected as architect by competition, with a Gothic Revival scheme, but he eventually convinced the county commissioners to consider a Prairie Style design. Steele retained old friends, George Grant Elmslie and William Gray Purcell, as associated architects; Elmslie came to Sioux City to take charge of the design, and Purcell oversaw the associated artwork.[8:24][11][12:80-81] Extensive correspondence between Purcell and Steele is preserved in the William Gray Purcell Papers at the Northwest Architectural Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries (Barbara Bezat to D. Murphy, email communication, April 4, 2013).

b. Steele was the chief architect, Housing Architects Association, Federal North Side Housing Project; associated architects included George B. Prinz, Noel S. Wallace, Harry Lawrie, Jacob M. Nachtigall, and F. A. Henninger, Sr.[13][15]

c. This association with George R. Hilgers, dated 1/1/26, appears as a hand-written addition to the typescript.[14]

d. A hand-written addition following the Sullivan association appears as “S. S. Beaman [sic]??” on the typescript.[14]

e. The entry in references [6][14] designates working with George G. Elmslie of Chicago on this building.

f. Gebhard and Mansheim [16:501] attribute this building to Steele alone; neither in association with his previous partner, George Hilgers, or Steele’s later, and then current, partner, Thomas Kimball.

g. This project was by Kimball, Steele & Sandham, Architects, with George B. Prinz, Associates

h. This project was commissioned by Bishop Rummel; designed by Thomas R. Kimball; completed by Kimball, Steele & Sandham, Architects.

References

1. “The Compleat [sic] Commission List, Purcell & Elmslie, Architects,” entry 276, in Mark Hammons, Organica. Online. http://www.organica.org/PEComplete.htm Accessed, February 5, 2003.

2. “Central Downtown Walking Tour,” in Downtown Sioux City Online. http://www.downtownsiouxcity.com/PDF%20Files/Centraltour.pdf Accessed February 7, 2003.

3. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

4. AIA Historical Directory of American Architects: A Resource Guide to Finding Information About Past Architects. http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/ahd1042846.aspx [accessed 20100803]

5. Application for Registration to Practice Professional Engineering and Architecture, Nebraska State Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Architects, December 1, 1937. Nebraska State Historical Society RG081 SG2.

6. “Vital Statistics and Professional Record of William L. Steele, Architect, Omaha, Nebraska, August, 1937.” Attachment to Application for Registration.[5]. The buildings listed are under a sub-heading, “Typical Buildings Designed and Supervised by W. L. Steele.”

7. The American Contractor (March 23, 1918): 60. Found in Google Books: http://books.google.com/books?id=UCJYAAAAYAAJ&pg=RA10-PA64&lpg=RA10-PA64&dq=f+w+clarke,+architect,+york+hotel,+nebraska&source=bl&ots=-QV--qNAlx&sig=yQZ-- Gvu9ph8VGJ7unfHB-6P9QU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=whYPT97eOov9iQLF9M3fDQ&sqi=2&ved=0CB4Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=f%20w%20clarke%2C%20architect%2C%20york%20hotel%2C%20nebraska&f=false Accessed January 12, 2012.

8. Richard Guy Wilson and Sidney K. Robinson. The Prairie School in Iowa. Ames: Iowa State University Press, 1977.

9. Architectural Record 56 (November 1924): 451-52.

10. Western Architect 30 (February 1921): 13-20 and Plates 1-24; rpt. In H. Allen Brooks, ed. Prairie School Architecture. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1975, 130-161.

11. H. Allen Brooks. The Prairie School: Frank Lloyd Wright and his Midwest Contemporaries. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1972, 298-301.

12. Mark L. Peisch. The Chicago School of Architecture: Early Followers of Sullivan and Wright. (Columbia University Studies in Art History and Archaeology 5) New York: Random House, 1964, 80-81, 137-38.

13. Architectural Forum 68 (May 1938).

14. “Vital Statistics and Professional Record of William L. Steele, Architect, Omaha, Nebraska, Sept. 1941.” TS with annotations including buildings designed through the 1940s. Cf. reference [6]. Copy in Nebraska State Historical Society, Historic Preservation Division, architect files. The buildings listed are under a sub-heading, “Typical Buildings Designed and Supervised by W. L. Steele.”

15. Entry in Henry F. Withey, A.I.A., and Elsie Rathburn Withey. Biographical Dictionary of American Architects (Deceased). Los Angeles: New Age Publishing Company, 1956. Facsimile edition, Hennessey & Ingalls, Inc., 1970, 569-70.

16. David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. Buildings of Iowa. (Society of Architectural Historians, Buildings of the United States) New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.

17. "Omaha, Nebraska," American Contractor 32:21 (May 27, 1911): 63.

18. Census Year: 1930; Census Place: Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska; Roll: 1278; Page: 31B; Enumeration District: 0116; Image: 282.0; FHL microfilm: 2341013 Accessed on Ancestry.com

19. Census Year: 1880; Census Place: Springfield, Sangamon, Illinois; Roll: 249; Family History Film: 1254249; Page: 238D; Enumeration District: 229; Image: 0766 Accessed on Ancestry.com

Other Sources

Who Was Who in America, 1940-1953.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “William LaBarthe Steele (1875-1949), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, May 8, 2017. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, August 20, 2019.


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