REO created a successful National Register nomination for the Hupmobile Building that recognizes its architectural significance and cultural association with Omaha’s “automobile row.”
2015 was a busy year for REO. Below is a snapshot of what we accomplished:
- Saved the Great Plains Black History Museum building from demolition and facilitated its subsequent sale to a developer with plans to restore the historic property.
- Worked with the City of Omaha to create new infill development guidelines.
- Created a successful National Register nomination for the Hupmobile Building that recognizes its architectural significance and cultural association with Omaha’s “automobile row.”
- Produced the 10th Restore Omaha Conference whose 338 attendees took home ideas, solutions and inspiration for restoring older properties.
- Educated 1,096 people about Omaha’s Miller Park and Florence Boulevard neighborhoods via a tour that helped change public perception of the area.
- Gave more than 700 students and educators the opportunity to tour South 24th Street and receive an educational brochure at no cost.
- Worked with the Partnership for Kids to teach 80 ninth-graders how to research the history of buildings.
- Offered ongoing walking tours of North 24th Street, South 24th Street and Vinton Street that promote the commercial districts and showcase local businesses.
- Completed the design of our online resource directory and are populating it now.
- “Heart-bombed” six vacant historic buildings on Valentine’s Day to highlight their potential for reuse.
- Worked with Prospect Village neighbors and Omaha by Design to conduct a Place Game workshop to brainstorm potential physical improvements for the area.
- Provided ongoing education about LB191, Nebraska’s new State Historic Tax Credit program.
- Was paid to research the history of three Omaha buildings – McFoster’s, the Kountz Mansion (now demolished) and the Danish Hall.
- Was an active participant in meetings of the Landmark Heritage Preservation Commission and the Nebraska State Historic Preservation Board.
- Worked with Mead & Hunt and the City of Omaha Planning Department to provide images and information for a historic review of Aksarben neighborhood properties.
- Lobbied to preserve the present school buildings at Loveland Elementary.
- Secured a grant to digitize Norman Brigham’s collection of 100+ architectural prints of Dundee homes, local schools and churches.
- Produced Saving Places – A Preservation Celebration, a fundraising and awareness event that honored the work being done by businesses, organizations and individuals to preserve Omaha’s historic buildings.
- Researched, provided images, and oversaw the design and production of an 8-page Omaha World-Herald section that highlighted 50 local preservation success stories over 50 years.
- Produced five, 2-minute videos highlighting the 2015 Saving Places preservation award winners.
- Organized members-only tours of a Mid-Century Modern home in Bellevue designed by Willis Regier, the Renaissance Mansion in the Blackstone area, and a restored home south of 25th and Leavenworth streets built with salvage from the former Douglas County Courthouse and Jail.
- Launched an Instagram page featuring images and history of Omaha’s historic buildings.
- Presented a workshop on how to research the history of your home at the I/N the Neighborhood Conference.
- Participated in a Young Professionals Summit panel discussion on development in the city.
- Presented on REO to the Midtown Business Association, the Omaha Quester’s Group and the Omaha by Design Advisory Committee.
- Showed a group of Iowa State University historic preservation students the historic development work being done in Omaha.
- Hired Gary Rosenberg, former archivist at the Douglas County Historical Society, to do part-time research and writing for REO.
We’re looking forward to adding to this list in 2016!