About Restoration Exchange
Restoration Exchange Omaha, a 501c(3) nonprofit, is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of older homes, buildings and neighborhoods in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro through education and advocacy. The organization was founded in 2013 through the merger of three existing preservation groups – Landmarks, Inc., Restore Omaha and Omaha Urban Neighborhoods (read more about their accomplishments below). Together, we are stronger. Help make a difference by joining the movement.
Landmarks, Inc. was founded in 1965 in an attempt to save Omaha’s historic post office from demolition. Omaha eventually lost the building but gained a preservation group. The organization has been an active participant in preserving a number of local structures:
- Union Station
- Orpheum Tower
- Astro Theatre (now The Rose Theater)
- Joslyn Castle
- Dundee Theatre
- Rail Commerce District
Landmarks, Inc. also helped establish Omaha’s Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission and preservation ordinances. The organization has raised preservation awareness through special events and publications, including the popular Omaha City Architecture and Building for the Ages.
Restore Omaha was started in 2005 by a group of architects, city planners, neighborhood leaders, conservators, and other preservation and restoration professionals and enthusiasts in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro. The group planned and implemented an annual Restore Omaha conference in the spring and a fall neighborhood tour designed to educate and motivate the public to restore, revive and preserve older homes, businesses and neighborhoods. Its work was recognized with awards from the Nebraska Main Street Organization in 2010 and the Nebraska State Historical Society in 2012.
Omaha Urban Neighborhoods
Vince Furlong, the founder of Omaha Urban Neighborhoods, has led the revitalization of Omaha’s neighborhood business districts for more than a decade. The organization helped nominate the historic Vinton Street commercial district for the National Register of Historic Places, coordinated a business district walking tour program and encouraged commercial district development in many areas of the city via facilitated meetings and case studies.