Year Built: 1916
Architect: H. D. Frankfurt
Style: L - Court Apartment
Designated Omaha Landmark: 3/17/1992
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places: 11/29/1989
As the street car railway system in Omaha began to expand its service area in the early twentieth century, much of the working population was able to live outside the crowded central business district. The city was growing rapidly at the time and many developers responded to the need for housing by building apartment houses on or near the expanding street car lines. The Melrose is a good example of this situation. It is located at the intersection of 33rd and California Streets, the intersection at which a streetcar line running west along California turned north to proceed along 33rd. The Melrose is comprised of two buildings situated at right angles to one another, forming an L-plan. A courtyard faces the street corner and the neighborhood commercial district. The three-story Melrose rises above the nearby commercial buildings and stands as a landmark for the local community.