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Raapke, H. A.


Henry A. Raapke (1876-1959) was an architect for fifty years with his own practice in Omaha, Nebraska. He was the son of Louis and Auguste Raapke, and he had a brother, William C. Raapke, and two sisters. He attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri; the Building School in Hamburg, Germany; Atelier Préparatoire D'Architecture in Paris, France; and École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France. After working with T. R. Kimball, he opened his own office in Omaha in 1908. He married at age 32 and had no children. He designed numerous buildings in Omaha and around Nebraska, including the Doctors Hospital in Omaha, the Renaissance Mansion in Omaha, the North Star Theatre in Omaha, and the New Moon Theater in Neligh, Nebraska. As the architect of the Center Theater in Omaha, he introduced innovations such as a reverse pitch auditorium floor, a wheelchair section, and a glassed-off room for mothers with young children. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects from 1918 until 1923. He is buried in Omaha.
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"New Theater Blazes Trails: Center Has Wheelchair Area, Crying Room." Omaha World-Herald. March 11, 1951. Page 78.
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"Raapke Opens Office." Omaha World-Herald. February 13, 1908. Page 6.
Restoration Exchange Omaha. Members Only Tour: Renaissance Mansion, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. Retrieved from
Genealogical research provided by Susan M. Mueller of the Calvin T. Ryan Library, University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Additional biographical research assistance by Martha Grenzeback of the Omaha Public Library.

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H. A. Raapke Architectural Drawings

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS-0036
Scope and Contents The H. A. Raapke Architectural Drawings collection contains original architectural drawings and studies dating from 1891 to 1907. The collection includes one sketchbook (9.5" x 7.5") with detached pages, containing detailed, precise pencil sketches of architectural flourishes, initialed HAR and annotated with measurements; locations in Italy, Germany, Greece, and elsewhere; and dates ranging from 1906 to 1907. The bulk of the collection comprises 48 loose sheets (most 18.5" x...