George Bernhard Prinz, 1864-1946 [RG1330.AM]


RG1330.AM:  George Bernhard Prinz, 1864-1946

Diary:  1892, Jan. 1 – Aug. 3
Omaha, Douglas County, Neb.:  Architect
Size:  One volume


Born on May 23, 1864, George Bernhard Prinz attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he took a two year special course in architecture and then spent two years studying in Europe before joining the architect’s office of J. William Beal in Boston. Prinz worked in Boston from 1889-1891 and then moved to Omaha, Nebraska, where he spent several years as chief draftsman in the office of Thomas R. Kimball. He started his own business in 1909.

Prinz designed many Omaha homes and businesses. Some of his structures included the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company Building, the First Presbyterian Church, the Flatiron Hotel, the Livestock Exchange Building and the Woodmen Circle Building at Thirty-third and Farnam Streets. He also worked with Kimball, Steele and Sandham to design the Federal Building at Fifteenth and Dodge Streets. He was a member of the City Planning Commission from its inception in 1916 until his retirement in 1939.

George Bernhard Prinz died in Omaha on November 29, 1946. He was survived by his wife, Flora. He also had two sisters and a brother living in Dayton, Ohio. Prinz was interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Omaha.

Note:  George Prinz’s obituary appears in the Omaha World Herald (Morning Edition), Nov. 30, 1946, pg. 18, last column. His registration to practice architecture paperwork before the Nebraska State Board of Examiners can be found in the records of the State Board of Examiners (RG81, Subgroup 2, Reel 2). See also the Nebraska History index for various references to George Prinz.


The collection consists of one item, a diary kept by George B. Prinz. The entries in the diary date from January 1 – August 3, 1892 and briefly mention work on various building projects. Some examples of entries include:

Sunday, February 14 – “Spent part of the day with Mr. K. on the Patterson specification for carpenter work.”

Thursday, February 18 – “Finished up steel details for St. Paul & had them blue printed. Patterson, Leonard, Thompson & Cushing. Took Patterson drawings home to look over before blue printing. 10 1/2 hrs.”


Diary, 1892, Jan.-Aug.

Subject headings:

Architects — Nebraska — Omaha
Kimball, Thomas Rogers, 1862-1934
Omaha (Neb.) — Buildings, structures, etc.
Prinz, George Bernhard, 1864-1946

TMM   07-21-2012

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