Year Built: 1890-1923
Style: Various, including Italianate, Colonial Revival, and Moderne
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places: 07/11/2006
The Vinton Street Commercial Historic District encompasses a two-block stretch of commercial buildings constructed around the turn of the 20th century to serve the needs of South Omaha residents. These one and two-story buildings, the oldest dating to 1890, represent the historic core of the Vinton Street business district, an area that emerged in conjunction with the thriving meatpacking industry of South Omaha and the extension of the city streetcar lines from downtown Omaha. Buildings along Vinton Street occupy irregularly shaped lots, accounted for by the route’s unique diagonal orientation in a city where most streets follow a regimented grid. Residents of the surrounding single-family and multi-family homes could find many of their basic needs supplied by original occupants of the buildings, which included retail shops, a grocery store, a plumber, a painter, a bakery, and many others. Today the district continues to thrive as a hub of retail and commercial establishments.