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Frederick A. Henninger


Frederick A. Henninger, Architect [1865-1944]

Frederick A. Henninger [†] had a successful and prolific career that spanned over 40 years. He helped to shape the commercial, industrial and residential locales of Omaha, NE.

After attending the Chicago Art Institute for two years, working for a Lincoln, NE architect then a laborer at the Union Pacific shops, Henninger began his Omaha architectural career as a draftsman for F.C. Ledebrink in 1895.

Henninger's career blossomed with the commission for the Dairy Building for the Omaha's Trans Mississippi Exposition in 1898. Shortly after, he was designing significant downtown office and major multi-family buildings, such as the A.I. Root Building (1904), Securities Building (1916), Normandie Apartments (1898), and Strehlow Terrace (1905-1909) as well as residences for many of the city's elite. Henninger was possibly the most productive residential architect in Omaha history and was many times referred to during his most active period as "House-a-day-Henninger."

Speed and efficiency when designing a building, whether it was a commercial structure or single/multi family home enabled, Henninger to produce a substantial amount of highly detailed and thoughtful buildings. The number and quality of his commissions and built structures that dot the Omaha landscape attest to his legacy.

† Jennifer Honebrink, AlA, LEED AP, Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture, P.C.; Timothy Smith and Chad Moffett, Mead & Hunt, Inc., Attached Dwellings of Omaha Nebraska from 1880-1862, nomination document, 2009/2014, National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places, Washington, D.C.


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