Hello Members & Friends!
Please join us for our Holiday Tour at the Historic Florentine Apartments!
- Sunday, December 8, 2-5PM
- 907 South 25th Street
- Special comments by owner and developer, John E. Schmidt at 3PM
- Holiday refreshments & Preservation Store
This is FREE for members. General admission $5
Join us to see how this unique old building has been brought back to life. The exterior is a fascinating combination of stone including rock-faced coursed ashlar masonry, cobble masonry, stringcourses, cornices, smooth-faced lintels. The front entrances are simple architrave supported by smooth, square pilasters with foliated bases resting on pedestals, a small ornamental feature tops each architrave with a lunette and panel inscribed “Florentine.” Immense stone bollards, with pyramidal tops, line front sidewalk as the remnant of the original fence. The interior was gutted in the 1980s and the renovation takes its cue from historical photos and descriptions. Original wood floors were retained, millwork was recreated, and the rebuilt staircases are stunning, lit from above by new skylights.
The Florentine Apartments were designed and built by Italian immigrant Vincenzo Pietro Chiodo (1869-1949.) Chiodo was born in Calabria and came to Omaha as a young man. His building career began with the purchase of materials salvaged from the old Douglas County Court House and Jail for about $5,000. These materials would later be incorporated into new projects which included a trio of apartment buildings – the Leone, Carpathia, and Florentine. Architecturally, these buildings are unique for their use of the Italian Renaissance style, unusual in the city’s apartment buildings, particularly the Renaissance palazzo treatment of the front facades. The stone front is also highly unusual in Omaha apartments where the most common material is brick. And the use of cobble masonry is perhaps unique in the state. Another nearby structure, the Chiodo, shows off eight salvaged Corinthian columns at its entrances.
- Parking: Guests may park in the Florentine Apartments parking lot, at the Leavenworth Café parking lot, or the Together, Inc. parking lot on 24th Street North of the Florentine Apartments.
- Last tickets sold at 4:30PM
- Credit card accepted for a minimum purchase of $10
- Event will take place rain, snow, or shine