Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission

NR 170 Memmen Apartments

Address: 2214-2220 Florence Boulevard

Year Built: 1889

Architect: William Elliott Findley

Builder: Alexander Shields

Style: Queen Anne

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places: 09/22/2014

The Memmen Apartments building is a Queen Anne-style, two-story, multi-family, masonry apartment building on a raised brick basement foundation located on the west side of Florence Boulevard between Burdette Street and Willis Avenue, approximately one and a half miles north of downtown Omaha, Nebraska. The 11,760 sq. ft., rectangular-shaped brick building was constructed in 1889.  The building was constructed as a row house-type of apartment building, and retains many of its original exterior features, such as its dogtooth and basket weave pattern brick detailing, four sets of stairs constructed of rusticated concrete blocks, and four porches with flat roofs supported by concrete Doric columns on fluted urns, supported by square, rusticated concrete block piers.

Designed by local Omaha architects William Elliott Findley and Alexander Shields and constructed in 1889, the apartments are a significant example of stylistically eclectic row houses constructed during Omaha’s late 19th Century urban expansion. The row houses are attributed to the Omaha architecture firm of William Elliott Findley and Alexander Shields and were constructed in 1889. The Memmen Apartments are an example of Free Classic Queen Anne style applied to four, three-unit row house apartments.  In 1901 the four distinctive front porches were first indicated in that year’s Sanborn Fire Insurance map.

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