Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission

Address: 1802 Wirt Street

Year Built: 1903

Architect: Unknown

Builder: George F. Shepard

Style: Queen Anne/Beaux Arts

Designated Omaha Landmark: 7/14/1981

The Shepard House represents a unique transitional period in Midwestern residential architecture when decoratively rich Queen Anne compositions were highlighted by exuberant Beaux Arts details. Designed by stone mason and artist George F. Shepard, the house reflects the influence of the Classical architecture of the nearby 1898 Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition. Shepard exhibited definite artistic talent, with oil paintings that revealed a knowledge of European art and the Classical tradition. One of his works is owned by the Nebraska Art Collection housed in Kearney, Nebraska. A marble cutter for many years, Shepard added his stone cutter’s skill to personalize his property, carving his name into the front steps into the yard.

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