Joseph P. Guth

Architecture by Joseph P. Guth, North Omaha, Nebraska
North Omaha’s has A LOT of unsung architectural heroes, and one of them is Joseph P. Guth. Guth moved from Germany to Omaha in 1884 and designed business blocks, breweries, factories and warehouses, fire stations, schools, houses and multifamily residences, churches and halls across the city for more than 40 years. Leo A. Daly was his most famous student.

The Life of Guth

Guth was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1860 and immigrated to the United States in 1884. After working in Ohio and Minnesota, he moved to Lincoln to work for Burlington Railroad as a designer in 1887, then to Omaha to work with the U.P. the next year. Moving back to Ohio, he came back to Omaha to start his architectural firm in 1891.
Throughout his career in Omaha, Guth lived in North Omaha’s posh Kountze Place at 1911 Wirt Street. His wife was Bell Guth, and they had two daughters and a son.
He died in 1928 and is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
The Druid Hall at 2412 Ames Avenue in North Omaha, Nebraska in 2016
The Druid Hall at 2412 Ames Avenue was designed by Guth in 1914, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.

Architectural Designs

Many of Guth’s designs are remarkable today, with many included on the National Register of Historic Places – NPS (NRHP) and several others that should be. In addition to building so much of what’s listed here, Guth was responsible for building most of Gottlieb Storz’s brewery on North 16th.
3709-11 N. 24th St., North Omaha, Nebraska
Apartments designed by Joseph P. Guth in 1924 at 3709-11 N. 24th St.
His buildings in North Omaha are as diverse as anywhere in the city. Here are the ones I have tracked down.
  • Tavern (1904) North 16th and Nicholas Streets
  • Burkenroad House / Trimble Castle (1909) 2060 Florence Blvd.
  • Druid Hall (1914) 2412 Ames Ave. (NRHP)
  • Elks Hall (1920) 2640 Lake St.
  • B. H. Post Building (1918) 6214 Maple St.
  • Shirby Apartments (1922) 3320 California St.
  • Apartments (1924) 3709-11 N. 24th St.
  • House (1924) 3924 Florence Blvd.
  • House (1924) 5405 Nicholas St.
  • Tavern (1897), 4024 N 24th
  • Oscar Berndes house (1904) 1031 N 34th St.
  • Shirley Apartments (1922) 3320 California St.
  • Rowhouse (1922) 3601-03 Davenport St.
  • Commercial Building (1902) 4002 Hamilton St.
I’m sure there are other Guth designs in North Omaha, and I will add them to this article in the future.

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1624 Nicholas St., North Omaha, Nebraska
A tavern designed by Joseph P. Guth in 1904 at 1624 Nicholas St.

 

4202 Cuming St., North Omaha, Nebraska
A house designed by Joseph P. Guth in 1890 at 4202 Cuming St.

 

3924 Florence Blvd, North Omaha, Nebraska
A house designed by Joseph P. Guth in 1924 at 3924 Florence Blvd.

 

3320 California St., North Omaha, Nebraska
The Shirley Apartments designed in 1922 by Joseph P. Guth at 3320 California St.

 

Elks Club Iroquois Lodge 92 2420 Lake Street Omaha, Nebraska
The Elks Club at 2420 Lake Street was designed by Joseph P. Guth in 1920.

 

4024 N. 24th Street, North Omaha, Nebraska
The tavern at 4024 N. 24th Street was designed by Joseph P. Guth in 1897.
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