George A. Berlinghof, 1858-1944 [RG3134.AM]


RG3134.AM:  George A. Berlinghof, 1858-1944

Architectural drawings:  ca. 1910-1925

Beatrice, Gage County and Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb.:  Architect

Size:  3 oversized folders


George A. Berlinghof was born in Frankfort-on-the-Main (present-day Germany), July 24, 1858. He came to the United States in either 1890 or 1891. He appears as an architect in Beatrice, Nebraska in 1898. By 1906 Berlinghof had begun an architecture business in Lincoln. From around 1911 until 1918, the architectural firm of Berlinghof and Davis (Ellery L. Davis) built many important structures in Lincoln and established a position of prominence. Among the buildings designed by Berlinghof and Davis were the Lincoln High School, Bancroft School, the Security Mutual Building, and Miller and Paine. They also designed a large number of schools and courthouses in Nebraska. After the partnership broke up, Berlinghof continued in his own practice until his retirement in 1930. He died in Lincoln on May 30, 1944.


This collection consists of three oversize folders of manuscript material designated as one series: 1) Architectural Renderings, ca. 1910-1925. The material is comprised of water color renderings and a line drawing of buildings designed by architect George A. Berlinghof. Only two of the renderings are dated (1918 and 1925), but it is likely that most of the artistic representations were done during the time period 1911-1918, when Berlinghof was a senior partner in the architectural firm of Berlinghof and Davis. Many of the building sketches in this collection are unidentified. The description listing that follows includes information found on the artwork.

Note:  See the Nebraska History Index for articles relating to George Berlinghof.


Series 1 – Architectural renderings, ca. 1911-1925

Folder 1

Public Building (white stone building, possibly a courthouse) – watercolor

Thayer County Public Building (courthouse) – watercolor

Downtown Building, 1918 – watercolor

Nebraska State Historical Society Library and Museum (not built) – watercolor

Nebraska State University, Main or Administration Division of city group – watercolor [Berlinghof & Davis, Architects]

Nebraska State Univ., Library and Administration group on the farm campus – watercolor [Berlinghof & Davis, Architects]

Yavapai County Court House [Berlinghof & Davis, Architects]

Folder 2

University Place High School building, ca. 1910 – watercolor

Elaborate house – watercolor

University of Nebraska Administration building – watercolor [Berlinghof & Davis, Architects]

Public Building – watercolor

McCloud Hotel, York, Nebraska – watercolor

Public Building (possibly another version of the Nebraska State Historical Society Library and Museum (not built)) – watercolor

Folder 3

Red Brick Building with Spanish red tiles and with red quoins. Window boxes at all windows. Building has five chimneys. Dated 1925 – watercolor

County Court House – watercolor

Large Downtown Building – apartments, hotel or offices – watercolor

Front Facade of Building – watercolor

Public Building (possibly another version of the Nebraska State Historical Society Library and Museum (not built)) – pen and ink drawing



Architects — Nebraska

Architecture — Designs and plans

Berlinghof & Davis, Architects (Lincoln, Neb.)

Berlinghof, George A., 1858-1944

Davis, Ellery Lothrop, 1887-1956

Fitzpatrick, Francis Willford, 1863-1931

Lancaster County (Neb.) — History

Lincoln (Neb.) — Architecture

McCloud Hotel (York, Neb.)

Thayer County (Neb.) — History

York (Neb.) — History

York County (Neb.) — History


AIP/ksa   01-1990

02-22-2010   Revised TMM

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