Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission

blackstone 74

Address: 302 South 36th Street

Year Built:  1916

Architect: Unknown

Builder: Bankers Investment Realty Company

Style: Second Renaissance Revival

Designated Omaha Landmark: 3/12/1983

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places: 1/11/1985

Built by the Bankers Investment Realty Company in 1915, the Blackstone started out as a residential, or family, hotel. As stated by the company at the time, residents in family hotels rented by the year rather than the day and received hotel services. Purchased by Vienna born Charles Schimmel in 1920, the Blackstone became a "symbol of elegance" for Omahans.  Schimmel operated the Blackstone as a hotel, although it retained a number of its residents as well. The hotel published its own magazine, The Blackstonian, and maintained its own Pierce Arrow, which met visiting dignitaries arriving by train. With its ballroom, roof gardens and award winning restaurants, the Blackstone was the center of many of Omaha’s finest social functions for many years.  A fine example of the Second Renaissance Revival style of architecture, the Blackstone was renovated for use as offices in the early 1980’s.

Local Landmark Designation Report

National Register Nomination Document

 

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