Historic Neighborhood Tour 2019
October 12 & 13
2018 Tour recap
Bemis Park Neighborhood
This tour included homes in the Bemis Park Landmark Heritage District. It circled through this historic Omaha neighborhood, where ten beautiful homes awaited visitors and welcomed them inside. The tour was walk-able and bike-able and a shuttle also traveled the route and stoped at several places. The walk was mildly hilly and the homes were not handicap accessible.
The tour started at Augustana Lutheran Church, 3647 Lafayette Avenue. You could pick up reserved tickets or purchase tickets at this location. Free parking lots were located to the north and east. Bike Valet was provided courtesy of Mode Shift Omaha
History of Bemis Park Landmark Heritage District
The Bemis Park Landmark Heritage District is notable for its mix of late nineteenth and early twentieth century structures and its curvilinear, tree-lined streets. The uniquely platted area was the first subdivision in Omaha to be laid out with respect to the topography rather than the more typical grid pattern common to frontier cities of the time. The architecture of the district is quite varied and includes good examples of Queen Anne, Arts and Crafts, and Neo-Classical style buildings as well as vernacular structures. The district includes a park donated to the city by the subdivision’s developer George Bemis and designed as a part of the then developing Omaha parks and boulevard system.
Each fall, Restoration Exchange Omaha organizes and hosts a neighborhood tour that highlights the diversity of Omaha’s architectural styles. The tours are also an opportunity to educate the public about the importance of preserving, rehabilitating and reimagining the buildings that make the city’s neighborhoods special.