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NR 164 Nottingham Apartments

Address: 3304 Burt Street

Year Built: 1925

Architect: M. J. Lahr

Builder: N. J. Skogman and Sons

Style: Tudor Revivall

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places: 04/23/2013

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NR 166 Meyer and Raapke

Year Built: 1886

Architect: Unknown

Builder: Unknown

Style: Richardsonian Romanesque

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places: 06/13/2013

The Meyer & Raapke building is located on the south side of Harney Street, centered between 14th and 15th Streets in downtown Omaha.  Surrounded by Omaha’s downtown core, the building sits two blocks to the west of Omaha’s Old Market Historic District.  The building itself is a Richardsonian Romanesque, four-story, rectangular, two-part commercial building with rusticated quoin arches spanning from the second floor window sills over the top of the fourth story windows. Each arch defines one of three bays to the building.  Below, a mid-century storefront of black structural pigmented glass surrounds modern display windows.

The Meyer & Raapke building is locally significant in the area of commerce within the Multiple Property Document (MPD) “Warehouses in Omaha” for its association with the wholesale grocery firm of Meyer & Rappke from 1886 to 1909 and the printing and office goods retailing company of Corey & McKenzie from 1911 to 1921. Both firms are typical of the many jobbing interests in Omaha between 1875 and 1941, the period of significance of the MPD “Warehouses in Omaha”.

The building is also locally significant in 1886 in the area of architecture within the Multiple Property Document “Warehouses in Omaha” for its use of the Richardsonian Romanesque style and wooden joist construction, common stylistic and structural subtypes defined by the MPD.

Beyond the MPD, the building is significant for its association with the Levenson Chemical Company from 1937 to 1943.   This includes all the years the company was located at 1407 Harney (the west bay) before Mathias Levenson passed away. The company is representative of many pest control companies operating before World War II. Typical of these companies, it manufactured not only insecticides, fungicides and rodenticides, but also toiletries (lotions and soaps).

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Address: 1609 Binney Streetr478 f08

Year Built:1919

Architect: Charles W. Rosenberry

Builder: James D. Kazakes

Style: Four-plex Apartment

Designated Omaha Local Landmark: 2015/09/29

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places: 7/22/2016 

The Atlas Apartments located at 1609 Binney were designed by local architect Charles W. Rosenberry in 1903. The building was constructed in 1919.  The design is a four-plex flat of two story construction with symmetrical units on each floor. The structure features load bearing brick walls on the exterior wood joist framing on the interior.  The windows are single hung. There is one main entrance on the north side which features the name of the building and the year it was constructed over the doorway.  An alley to the west of the building leads around the back to the south to a balcony and stair that provides rear entrance to the four-plex units.

The interior is divided by two by two separate masonry interior walls. The entrance foyer contains a mosaic tile floor, a wood staircase and hardwood floors throughout. The apartments have oak trim wood between the living room and bathroom and original oak crown molding in the living rooms and dining rooms.

The Atlas Apartments have historic significance with the Garden City Movement and Apartments of 1905-1962 in Omaha community. It was built along the 16th corridor which had efficient transportation in the dense urban core. Its U-shape construction and rear entry common area stairs leading directly into the apartments are typical of the Garden City Movement and mentioned in other historical property documents.  The Atlas Apartments were previously nominated for the National Historic Register along with historic property The Apartments at 2514 N 16th St., but no determination was made for the Atlas Apartments. It is the only standing four-plex in North Omaha which represents the Garden City Movement. Also, its architect Charles W. Rosenberry is known locally for his works including homes in the Happy Hollow and the Historic Country Club District. Still extant along 16th and Binney, The Atlas Apartments retains sufficient architectural integrity and remains a significant structure in the North Omaha.

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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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Address: 1015 S. 30th Avenue

Year Built: c. 1886

Architect: Unknown

Builder: Unknown

Style: Folk Victorian / Eastlake

Designated Omaha Local Landmark: 2015/09/29

The Ernest P. Buffett house is a representative example of folk Victorian Eastlake residential architecture in an urban, middle-class setting. Built circa 1886, the design of the house shows several key features of being a modified Palliser, Palliser & Co. mail-order cottage design from 1877-78. Despite over seventy years of use as an apartment building, the house retains a great deal of historical integrity inside and out.

The two-story, front-gabled frame home is located in the Himebaugh Place subdivision in midtown Omaha, not far from historic Field Club and Hanscom Park.  It is a vernacular or folk Victorian built circa 1886 with Stick/Eastlake characteristics and featuring a two-story cross-gable and a one-story wrap-around porch. On the east side is a 1.5 story gabled addition likely dating from the 1890s to 1900 and a small porch on the south.  The neighborhood includes a mix of single family, infill apartment and rowhouse residential building types.

Ernest P. Buffett lived in this house from 1904 to 1933.  Though internationally, the name “Buffett” is associated with Warren Buffet, successful investor and businessman, his grandfather, Ernest P. Buffett gained local and national renown for his leadership and innovation in the grocery industry during the first several decades of the 20th century. He guided the development of Buffett’s Store, including the opening of a new location in the prominent Dundee subdivision in 1915, for forty-four years. By the time Buffett’s closed in 1969, it had existed for an entire century and seen three generations of Buffetts at its helm.

This property was where Ernest Buffett lived when he made these contributions, and he resided there for twenty-nine years—longer than at any other location during his lifetime. This makes it the residence most closely associated with his life and career, which is why “Ernest Buffett House” is the preferred historic name for the house. The house also has the distinction of being the oldest remaining structure in Omaha associated with the Buffett family, since Ernest’s father’s home and original grocery store building no longer exist.

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