Bemis Park Neighborhood Tour
October 13 & 14, 2018: 10am-3pm
Online reservations are closed. Tickets will be available each day of the tour at the check-in site, Augustana Lutheran Church, 3647 Lafayette Avenue. If you have questions please contact Bemis Park Neighborhood Tour Chairman, Nicole Malone: (402) 968-3349
This tour includes homes in the Bemis Park Landmark Heritage District. It wends through this historic Omaha neighborhood, where ten beautiful homes await your visit and welcome you inside. Come rain or shine! The tour is walk-able and bike-able and a shuttle also circles the route and stops at several places. The walk is mildly hilly and the homes are not handicap accessible.
The tour starts at Augustana Lutheran Church, 3647 Lafayette Avenue. Pick up reserved tickets or purchase tickets at this location. Free parking lots to the north and east. Bike Valet 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.