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Clarence Wesley Wigington was raised in North Omaha’s Walnut Hill neighborhood. After graduating high school at the age of 15. Wigington left an Omaha art school in 1902 to work for Thomas R. Kimball, then president of the American Institute of Architects. In 1910 Wigington was listed by the U.S. Census as one of only 59 African-American architects, artists and draftsmen in the country. Among his work in Omaha, he has notable buildings listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

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Multiple Projects


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Nebraska, Minnesota, Others


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Aside from his work in Omaha, many of his buildings still stand in Saint-Paul Minnesota. They include the Highland Park Clubhouse, Cleveland High School, Randolph Heights Elementary School, and the St. Paul Police Station, in addition to the Palm House and the Zoological Building at the Como Park Zoo. Four of his buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. His architectural legacy constitutes being the first municipal African American Architect.

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