Patterson Law Office

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Patterson Law Office
Patterson Law Office building
View from the southwest.
Patterson Law Office is located in Nebraska
Patterson Law Office
Location 1517 18th St Central City, Nebraska
Coordinates 41°6′51″N 97°59′57″W / 41.11417°N 97.99917°W / 41.11417; -97.99917Coordinates: 41°6′51″N 97°59′57″W / 41.11417°N 97.99917°W / 41.11417; -97.99917
Built 1872
Architect NA
Architectural style False-Front Building, Greek Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 79001451[1]
Added to NRHP March 13, 1979[2]

The Patterson Law Office is located in Central City, Nebraska. It is a false-front building of frame construction built in 1872. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places;[2][3] its historical significance derives from its age, its architectural design, and its association with John Patterson and with author-photographer Wright Morris.

History and description[edit]

The Patterson Law Office was built in the same year as John Patterson, a native of Ireland, came to Lone Tree (now Central City), Nebraska. Patterson built a law practice in Merrick County housed in this building. He was a well-known trlal lawyer and county attorney, played an important role in the development of Central City and Merrick County, and served as county superintendent of schools.[3][4]

The law office is a one story, false-fronted building with gable roof. It rests on a stone foundation and exhibits Greek Revival elements in the door, window, pilaster and cornice detailing. It has two rooms lined with wainscot paneling.[3]

The building is historically significant for several reasons. It is one of the earliest known false-frame commercial buildings in Nebraska predating the majority of 19th century commercial buildings in Nebraska by nearly 20 years. It is associated with a significant figure, John Patterson, in the development of Central City and Merrick County.[3][4] It also has relationships to Wright Morris appearing in his literary works.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b "Nebraska National Register Sites in Merrick County". Nebraska State Historical Society. Retrieved 2012-12-30.
  3. ^ a b c d "Nebraska National Register Sites: Patterson Law Office Registration Form". 
  4. ^ a b Kay, John, Lonnie Dickson, Robert Kay, and Kathleen Fimple (1992). "Nebraska Historic Buildings Survey Reconnaissance Survey Final Report of Merrick County, Nebraska.". Nebraska State Historical Society: State Historic Preservation Office. 
  5. ^ "The Patterson Law Office". 

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