Address: 1110 Douglas Street
Year Built: 1884
Architect: Dufrene and Mendelssohn
Style: Italian Renaissance Revival
Designated Omaha Landmark: 1/6/1981
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places: 9/19/1977
The Christian Specht building is the only extant cast-iron front building known in Nebraska and one of a very few ever built in the state. The structure was designed by the Omaha architectural firm of Dufrene and Mendelssohn in the Renaissance Revival style, a style popular for cast-iron facade buildings of the period. The iron for the building was fabricated by Specht’s company, the Western Cornice Works, manufacturers of galvanized iron cornices, finials and other metal building products.