Fiske & Meginnis, Architects was an architecture firm partnership from 1915–1924 between Ferdinand C. Fiske (1856–1930) and Harry Meginnis in Lincoln, Nebraska. Twelve of the buildings they designed are listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). The two men have additional buildings listed on the National Register with other partnerships or individually credited. Related firms were Fiske and Dieman, Fiske, Meginnis and Schaumberg, and Meginnis and Schaumberg.
Ferdinand C. Fiske was born in New York and raised in Iowa. He was educated at Cornell University and moved to Lincoln during the building boom of 1887 and practiced there the rest of his life. He was a founding partner of firms including Fiske & Dieman (1898–1912); Fiske & Miller (1912–1924); and Fiske, Meginnis, & Schaumberg (1924–1925).
Harry Meginnis did not receive an education in architecture but learned through the construction business. He worked under Fiske at Fiske & Dieman (1901–1909) in their Lincoln office as a draftsman. He had brief stints at several firms in Indianapolis including DuPont & Hunter (1907–1909); H.L. Bass Co. (1909–1914); and Broakie & Meginnis (1914–1915). In 1915, Meginnis returned to Lincoln to start Fiske & Meginnis (1915–1924) and Fiske, Meginnis, & Schaumberg (1924–1925). Meginnis went on to establish Meginnis and Schaumberg (1925–1943) with Edward G. Schaumberg. It lasted until Meginnis died in 1943.
While Fiske and his partners worked under many different styles, Fiske & Meginnis mostly worked within the English Revival realm (Elizabethan, Georgian, and Tudor among others) combined with the Prairie style that Frank Lloyd Wright was concerned with at the time. They were also involved in a significant number of industrial warehouse projects in Lincoln, namely in the Haymarket District.
Located within the Mount Emerald and Capitol Additions District, the Reese House was designed by Fiske and Meginnis in 1907. The Reese House was designed with false-timber work and stucco and large overhanging eaves over the porches placing it into the Tudor-Revival/Prairie-Style category that Fiske & Meginnis were known for especially in their residential projects. This residence was designed for Manoah Bostic Reese and his family who was the chief justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court and also the Dean for the College of Law at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Lincoln Municipal Lighting and Waterworks BuildingEdit
Though it currently stands as an apartment building, Fiske and Meginnis’ A Street landmark was originally built as the Lincoln Municipal Lighting and Waterworks Plant. Much like many of their other public works together, Fiske and Meginnis designed a building easily classified as neoclassical revival. Three, large, and light blue smoke stacks protrude through the flat roof, while the large structure and exterior facade of the building consists of a slightly darker red brick, trimmed with limestone and buff bricks on the cornices. The focal east and north facades are punctured with what appears to be two stories of large glass windows with round heads. But behind this deceptive façade lies a factory-like interior, renovated into apartments. The large first floor and first floor windows leave room for an attic floor above.
Built in 1922, Antelope grocery was constructed as a mixed use (commercial and apartment) building. The two-story brick and stucco structure makes use of architectural elements common to period houses. The store includes a visual usage of Tudor revival-styled elements within the construction and has undergone multiple renovations while retaining a high degree of architectural integrity. This includes the current existence of its original metal framed store-front windows. The lower level of the building remains business, while the upper level is mainly residential apartments. As far as the exterior is concerned, stucco and half-timber form the cladding which traces up to a truncated steeply pitched roof capped with a flat decking. The main modifications to the building's exterior include re roofing and addition of protective glazing over the transoms.
Fiske & Meginnis practiced many styles of architecture, which lead to a wide variety of commissions. The firm designed residences, public works buildings, libraries, schools for all levels of education, and warehouses.
|**Agriculture Hall||East campus||Fiske and Dieman||1904||NO|
|Antelope Grocery||2406 J Street||Tudor Revival||Fiske and Meginnis||1922||YES|
|Auld Public Library||537 N. Webster, Red Cloud, NE||Classical Revival||Fiske and Meginnis||1917||YES|
|*Carter Transfer Warehouse||311 N. 8th||Warehouse||Fiske and Meginnis||1916||YES|
|***Charles Stuart House||1830 E Street||Western Stick||Fiske||1910||YES|
|Clinton Elementary School||1520 N. 29th Street||Elizabethan Revival||Fiske, Meginnis and Schaumberg||1925||NO|
|**College Activities Building||East Campus||Meginnis and Schaumberg||1926||NO|
|Edgar Burnett House||3526 Holdrege Street|
|Elliot Elementary School||225 S. 25th Street||Fiske and Meginnis||1922||NO|
|Fairbury Jr/Sr High School||Fairbury, NE||Georgian Revival/ Modernistic||Fiske and Meginnis||1923||YES|
|Federal Trust Building||134 S. 13th Street||Gothic Revival||Meginnis and Schaumberg||1927||YES|
|**Food and Nutrition Building||East Campus||Meginnis and Schaumberg||1941||NO|
|Frank Spaulding House||2221 Sheridan Boulevard||Mission||Fiske||1909||YES|
|George and Hazel Abel House||2335 Sheridan Boulevard|
|George Fawell House||2401 Ryons Street||Period Revival||Fiske||1916||YES|
|Gillen House||2245 A Street||19th and Early 20th Century Revival||Fiske and Meginnis||1903||YES|
|*Grainger Brothers Complex||733-737 P Street||Warehouse||Fiske and Dieman||1906||YES|
|*Grainger Brothers Grocery Warehouse||105 N. 8th Street||Warehouse||Fiske and Meginnis||1912||YES|
|Hartley Elementary School||730 N. 33rd Street||Fiske and Meginnis||1920||NO|
|Hayward School Addition||1215 N. 9th Street||Georgian Revival||Fiske, Meginnis, and Schaumberg||1925||YES|
|***H.E. Sidles House||2110 A Street||Prairie School House||Fiske||1913||YES|
|*Home Economics Building||East Campus||Fiske and Dieman||1905||NO|
|***J.R. Moyer House||1140 S. 20th Street||Colonial Revival||Fiske and Meginnis||1916||YES|
|*Lincoln Drug Company Building||801 P Street||warehouse||Fiske||1905||YES|
|*Lincoln Fixture and Supply Co. Building||826 P Street||warehouse||Fiske and Meginnis||1922||YES|
|Loup City Township Carnegie Library||625 N Street, Loup City, NE||Neoclassical Revival||Fiske and Meginnis||1917||YES|
|**Love Memorial Co-op Hall||East Campus||Meginnis and Schaumberg||1941||NO|
|***Mayor Don Lover House||1953 B Street||Tudor Revival||Fiske and Meginnis||1916||YES|
|***Meeker Anderson House||1950 C Street||Tudor Revival/ Prairie style||Fiske||1916||YES|
|**Mueller Tower||City Campus||Meginnis and Schaumberg||1949||NO|
|Municipal Lighting and Waterworks Plant||2901 A Street||Neoclassical Revival||Fiske and Meginnis||1921||YES|
|***N.C. Rogers House||2145 B Street||Jacobethan Revival||Fiske and Miller||1914||YES|
|***Old Delta Upsilon House||1701 E Street||Eclectic Revival||Meginnis and Schaumberg||1931||YES|
|Prescott Elementary School||2024 S. 20th Street||Elizabethan Revival||Fiske and Meginnis||1920||NO|
|*** The Reese House||1990 C Street||Tudor Revival/ Prairie||Fiske and Meginnis||1907||YES|
|*** Senator Elmer J. Burkett House||1944 B Street||Prairie||Fiske and Miller||1914||YES|
|*Stacy Brothers Fruit Co.||800 P Street||warehouse||Fiske||1912||YES|
|*** The Stuart Aunties House||1935 D Street||Tudor Revival/ Prairie||Fiske||1911||YES|
|***W.E Chapin House||1979 D Street||Tudor Revival/ Prairie||Fiske and Miller||1913||YES|
|***Whitney-Stephenson-Merritt House||1965 B Street||Second Italian Renaissance Revival||Fiske||1916||YES|
|Whittier Junior High School||2200 Vine Street||Neoclassical Revival||Fiske and Meginnis||1923||NO|
- * buildings in Historic Haymarket District
- ** buildings on the University of Nebraska Lincoln’s campus
- *** houses in Mount Emerald Historic District
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