Mendelssohn, Fisher and Lawrie

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Mendelssohn, Fisher and Lawrie was a significant architecture firm in early Omaha, Nebraska. Fisher & Lawrie continued. A number of their works are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Louis Mendelssohn was born in Berlin, Germany in 1842, and studied in New York City, United States before forming the partnership of Dufrene and Mendelssohn in Omaha in 1881. The pair were responsible for designing the 1884 Christian Specht Building in Downtown Omaha. The following year Mendelssohn left Dufrene to partner with George Fisher, with whom he operated a firm until 1886. Fisher was born in Michigan in 1856, and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1880 with a degree in civil engineering. Eventually, Harry Lawrie, born in Glasgow, Scotland in est 1858, who had nine years of experience in Glasgow and Edinburgh before immigrating to Chicago in 1883, moved to Omaha and joined the firm in 1887. During Omaha's building boom in the 1880s and 90s the firm designed several significant buildings. Mendelssohn left in 1893, leaving Fisher and Lawrie to continue until 1913.[1][2]

Fisher died in 1931, and Lawrie died in 1935.

Notable designs[edit]

works by Durfene & Mendelssohn
works by Mendelssohn & Lawrie
works by Mendelssohn, Fisher & Lawrie
  • Old University Library, 11th and R Sts. Lincoln, Nebraska (Mendelssohn,Fisher & Lawrie), NRHP-listed,[3] Old Library - Located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, it was built in 1895 and added to the NRHP in 1975.
  • Broatch Building - Built in 1880 and 1887, it was named an Omaha Landmark in 1983, and was added to the NRHP as a contributing building in the Old Market Historic District (Article says Mendelssohn, Fisher & Lawrie)
  • Mason School - Built in 1888, it was added to the NRHP in 1986. (Article states Mendelssohn, Fisher & Lawrie; NRIS2010a version states Hadden, Rocheford & Gould; Et al., however Hadden, Rocheford, & Gould were the general contractors.)
  • Minne Lusa Pumping Station - Built between 1888 and 1889, this classically styled building was built at the Florence Water Works. It was a massive building of Warrensburg sandstone with a central tower rising four stories over the arched entrance. The building housed the high service pump and huge boilers that filtered water flowed to the city water mains. It was demolished in the 1960s. (Mendelssohn, Fisher and Lawrie)[4]
  • Hicks Terrace, built in 1890, at 3005-3011 Pacific Street and 1102 South 30th Avenue in South Omaha, Nebraska. Named an Omaha Landmark in 1981. (Mendelssohn, Fisher & Lawrie)[5]
  • Knutsford Hotel, built in 1891 in Salt Lake City, Utah, this 132-foot-by-132-foot upscale hotel with 250 rooms was built completely of granite at a cost of $750,000. It was eventually converted to a department store before being demolished.[6]
works by Fisher & Lawrie (1893–1913)
works by Lawrie and others

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "", City of Omaha Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission. Retrieved 9/3/08.
  2. ^ "Mendelssohn, Fisher & Lawrie (also Called Mendelssohn & Lawrie; Fisher & Lawrie)", University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Retrieved 9/3/08.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  4. ^ Federal Writer's Project. (1939) Omaha: A Guide to the City and Environs. Omaha: Omaha Public Library.
  5. ^ "Hicks Terrace", City of Omaha Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission. Retrieved 9/3/08.
  6. ^ Roberts, Allen Dale (2012). Salt Lake City's Historic Architecture. Arcadia Publishing, USA. p. 45. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  7. ^ Jeffrey S. Spencer [researcher & writer], Kristine Gerber [project director] (2003). Building for the ages : Omaha's architectural landmarks (1st ed.). Omaha, Nebraska: Omaha Books. p. 41. ISBN 0-9745410-1-X.