Year Built: 1923
Architect: Frederick A. Henninger
Builder: John Lof & Sons
Style: Vernacular Georgian Revival
Designated Omaha Landmark: 9/9/1980
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places: 7/21/1983
In 1923, James C. Jewell commissioned the construction of a two-story, brick clad building with shops and apartments on the first story and a large public hall on the upper level. The second story space, known as Dreamland Hall, achieved national prominence as a club hosting acclaimed big bands and jazz musicians. Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong and Lionel Hampton all played there. James Jewell, Jr., who managed Dreamland until it closed in the 1960’s, booked the original Nat King Cole Trio for $25 per man. An influential man in the black community, James Jewell, Jr. allowed activist Whitney Young to speak at Dreamland Hall about the civil rights movement in America. In the 1980s, the Jewell Building was renovated for offices and apartments.