Thomas Rogers Kimball, the Omaha architect who designed the Hall County Courthouse, will be inducted as the 26th member of the Nebraska Hall of Fame on June 25, History Nebraska announced Wednesday.
An induction ceremony will take place in the Warner Chamber at the Nebraska State Capitol beginning at 2 p.m. with a private reception to follow.
Presented by the American Institute of Architects, Nebraska Chapter, the ceremony will include presentations by Capitol Administrator Bob Ripley; John Thomas Kimball, nephew of Thomas Rogers Kimball; artist John Lajba; and History Nebraska Director and CEO Trevor Jones.
Lajba and the Kimball family will then unveil the Kimball bust which will be permanently displayed at the Nebraska State Capitol.
“The Nebraska chapter of the American Institute of Architects is thrilled about Thomas Rogers Kimball’s induction into the Nebraska Hall of Fame,” says Vanessa Schutte, president of AIA Nebraska. “Kimball’s contributions to the architecture craft and the state of Nebraska are immeasurable, and we look forward to honoring his legacy at the induction ceremony.”
Kimball lived from 1862 to 1934. An architect and master planner, Kimball was a national leader who designed Nebraska landmark buildings and exhibition facilities. In addition to designing the Hall County Courthouse, Kimball advised on the planning and design of such facilities as the 1898 Trans-Mississippi Exposition in Omaha and national design competitions for such prominent structures as the Nebraska Capitol. As the Capitol Commission’s professional advisor for 14 years, he administered the construction of Nebraska’s renowned state capitol building.