Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission

Thomas Rogers Kimball (1862-1934) was one of Nebraska’s premier architectural talents. He studied at the University of Nebraska for two years before going to Massachusetts, where he studied art in Boston and completed a three-year course in architecture at M.I.T. Further studies in art were conducted at the Ecole de Beaux-Arts in Paris. Following his education, he returned to Boston where he started the firm of Walker, Kimball and Best. He worked in Boston until 1891 when the firm established a branch office in Omaha. Until 1899 when he went into private practice, Kimball kept his partnership with Walker. He maintained his own practice until 1928 when he formed the firm of Kimball, Steele and Sandham.

Kimball was architect-in-chief with C. Howard Walker for the Trans-Mississippi Exposition in Omaha in 1898. He also acted as professional advisor to the Nebraska State Capitol Commission (1919-32) and is credited with the writing of that progressive competition. In 1909 he was elected a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects and served as A.I.A National President from 1918-20.

Among the most notable of Kimball’s buildings are the Omaha Public Library and St. Cecilia’s Cathedral in Omaha and the Hall County Courthouse in Grand Island.

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