Architect Thomas Rogers Kimball was inducted as the 26th member of the Nebraska Hall of Fame, Tuesday.

Kimball was an architect from Omaha Nebraska who was behind the concept of Continental Forest. Bob Ripley, a member of the Nebraska State Capitol Commission, said that Kimball’s work on the project “is just one example of his considerable civic attributes.”

Ripley stated how an architect who as 8 or 9 registered national landmarks is a great achievement, but explained how Kimball had 49 registered landmarks, 5 of which being national historical landmarks. “Kimball’s brilliant intellect and design talent combined with his civic engagement, and humanity to others, to me answers why it is appropriate why Thomas Rogers Kimball be in the Nebraska Hall of Fame,” said Ripley.

John Lajba, the sculptor of Thomas Rogers Kimball’s but that will be displayed, said he wanted people to look at the bust and see Kimball’s qualities. “I want you to see someone who is very strong, and very driven to celebrate the very idea of architecture.”

Kimball’s bust is on display at the Nebraska Hall of Fame within the State Capitol Building.

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