Year Built: 1951
Architect: Latenser & Sons
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places: 7/14/2009
Northern Natural Gas, an early pioneer of Omaha’s post-World War II service-based economy, chose a site downtown to build an office tower for their thriving corporation. Local architectural firm Latenser & Sons employed a modern aesthetic that emphasized the corporation’s efficiency, organization, and ambition. A structural skeleton of steel allowed for the opening up of the building and the inclusion of long spans of tinted windows that nicely offset the brick and granite cladding. After eight years, the company’s continued success necessitated the construction of a 15-story addition, making the headquarters one of Omaha’s tallest buildings. Latenser & Sons were brought in once again to ensure the addition harmonized with the original design. Northern Natural Gas vacated their iconic downtown location for new headquarters in 1990. Over two decades later, in 2012, new visionaries modified the building’s flexible interior spaces for use as apartments.