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Frederick Vance Kershner, AIA (1904-1980)

Born: McCurtain, Oklahoma, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory
Training: Oklahoma A&M (Oklahoma State University), Stillwater, Oklahoma Architecture, 1926
Attended American School of Fine Arts, Fountainebleau, France
Oklahoma License: 1926-1980
Tulsa Practice: 1925-1980


  • Tulsa Fire Alarm Building, southeast corner 8th & Madison (1931, Smith & Senter; F. Kershner, Designer)
  • Tulsa Municipal Airport Administration Building, northeast corner Sheridan & Apache (1931-1932, Smith & Senter; F. Kershner, Designer)*
  • Union Bus Depot, northeast corner 4th & Cincinnati (1934-1935, Smith & Senter; F. Kershner, Designer)*
  • Ardmore Air Force Base, Ardmore, Oklahoma (1941, J. D. Forsyth, W. H. Wolaver, and F. V. Kershner, Associated Architects)
  • Century Geophysical Corporation, 6650 East Apache (1946)
  • Coffeyville Memorial Hospital, Coffeyville, Kansas (1949)
  • Nelson Electric Supply Company, 526 North Main (1949)
  • Nimitz Junior High School, 3111 East 56th (1961)
  • Burtner Fleeger Residence, 2424 East 29th Street
  • Ira E. Sanditen Residence, 1702 E. 37th Street
  • After returning from the American School of Fine Arts in France, Kershner worked for Arthur Atkinson. He next joined J. D. Forsyth’s firm and worked on the Marland Mansion in Ponca City, Oklahoma. In 1928, he joined Stanley Simmons and Horace Peaslee in Washington, D.C. Returning to Tulsa, he joined the firm of Smith and Senter. In 1935, he worked briefly for Donald McCormick before starting his own firm.