Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission

Address: 3817 Dewey Avenue

Year Built: 1912

Architect: Frederick A. Henninger

Builder: Unknown

Style: Italian Renaissance Revival/Prairie School

Designated Omaha Landmark: 9/25/1979

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Gold Coast Historic District: 3/14/1997

The West Farnam was the first luxury apartment building to be constructed in Omaha’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Catering to the tastes of the surrounding residents, its design featured an electric elevator, a hand-fired coal furnace, a row of steam-heated garages and a large, flowering garden. According to Ben Sylvester, author of the West Farnam Story, the West Farnam emitted "an aura of elegance that commanded respect from the passerby." Designed in 1912 by local architect Frederick A. Henninger, the West Farnam Apartment building exhibits an ornamental application of Prairie style details on a simple Italian Renaissance revival form.

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