Year Built: 1961
Architect: Stanley J. How
Builder: Cooper Construction Company
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places: 1/23/2012
In the 1960s, suburban expansion on the fringes of Omaha’s urban core led to the construction of buildings like St. Richard’s Catholic School and Rectory to serve the spiritual and educational needs of newly settled residents in the area. Omaha architect Stanley J. How employed a modern approach in his scheme for the school and rectory, completed in 1961 and 1963, respectively. How took advantage of the expansive site and designed simple low-slung structures, built of steel, concrete, and glass, with overhanging roofs, large windows, flexible interiors and extensive built-ins. Initial plans for a church, convent, and school addition never materialized because shifts in the economic and demographic character of the surrounding northeast neighborhood led to a smaller than expected number of parishioners and students from the beginning. By 1990, dwindling numbers and financial hardship forced St. Richard’s to close its doors. In 2010, Holy Name Housing Corporation announced plans to adapt the complex’s site into an intergenerational campus with housing for senior citizens, a youth shelter, and other community-oriented services.