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Olof Z. Cervin

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Olof Zacharias Cervin,[1] architect, was born October 18, 1868 in Paxton, Illinois to Anderz Cervin and Emma Thulin. He graduated from Augustana College in 1887 after which he worked in construction for a year. He then trained for several years with architects in Chicago and Rock Island, Illinois. Cervin then entered Columbia University and earned a Master of Arts degree in 1894. Afterwards he worked in Rock Island designing buildings that were constructed in Illinois, Massachusetts, Kansas and Nebraska.[2]

Notable works[edit]

Adullam Lutheran Church, Phelps County, Nebraska.
Arsenal Courts Defense Housing, Rock Island, Illinois.
Augustana Synod Church, Omaha, Nebraska.
Delta Phi House, Urbana, Illinois.
Fort Armstrong Theater, Rock Island, Illinois.
Franklin Junior High School, Rock Island, Illinois.
H. S. Cable House, Rock Island, Illinois.
Heating Plant, Augustana College, Rock island, Illinois.
Home Bethesda, Bethphage Mission, Axtell, Nebraska.
Mission Tabernacle Church, Moline, Illinois.
Moline Wagon Company Warehouse, Moline, Illinois.
Nurses’ Home, Lutheran Hospital, Moline, Illinois.
Rock Island, Illinois, railroad station, Rock Island, Illinois.
St Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Orion, Illinois.
Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Salem Church, Wakefield, Nebraska.
Home Tabor, Bethphage Mission, Axtell, Nebraska.
Thabor Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church, Wausa, Nebraska.
U.S. Army Reception Center, Camp Dodge, Des Moines, Iowa.
Victory Homes, Rock Island, Illinois.
War Workers Housing, Rock Island and Moline, Illinois.
Zion Chapel, Bethphage Mission, Axtell, Nebraska.

Personal life[edit]

Cervin married Ruth TE Engberg, a native of Chicago, Illinois, on 24 October 1909 in Manhattan, New York. They were the parents of Bodwin, David and Ruth Cervin.[3]

He died December 1, 1949 in Champaign, Illinois as the result of an accident on November 11 in car driven by his second wife, Dora. [4]


  1. Olson, Ernst Wilhelm; Engberg, Martin J.; Schön, Anders (7 January 2018). "History of the Swedes of Illinois ." Chicago : The Engberg Holmberg Pub. Co. Retrieved 7 January 2018 – via Internet Archive.
  2. "Olof Zacharia Cervin (1868-1949), Architect - E Nebraska History". E-nebraskahistory.org. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  3. Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  4. "Clipped From The Pantagraph". Newspapers.com. 3 December 1949. p. 8. Retrieved 7 January 2018.

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