A renowned architect’s influence in Lincoln, Nebraska
Wells Fargo Center, at the corner of 13th and O streets in Lincoln, Nebraska, was built by the firm of architect I.M. Pei in 1976.
“There's a sense of pride, I think, that the entire community has about this building.”
That’s the viewpoint of Wells Fargo Communications Consultant Robin Schelstraete, who was there when the building at the corner of 13th and O streets in Lincoln, Nebraska, was dedicated in 1976. Wells Fargo Center, considered a downtown landmark, was built by the firm of I.M. Pei, the architect known for works such as the Louvre Pyramid in Paris, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
Retired architect James Stange was with the Lincoln architecture firm originally hired to construct the building. When the bank wanted a nationally known firm to be a part of the project, I.M. Pei won the business for his firm. James worked with him personally and remembers the experience fondly.
“[Pei’s former firm partner] Jim Freed was the basic designer of this facility,” James remembers. “In our meetings in New York, Pei always sat in on them, and he’d be there a couple hours and comment and talk and ask questions.”