Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission

The Second Renaissance Revival style, as well as other styles that employed classical details, was very popular around the turn-of-the-century, particularly for buildings such as libraries, courthouses or banks that sought to convey a strong sense of integrity and security.

Borrowing from the architecture of renaissance Florence and Rome, the style was used extensively between 1890 and 1920.

Major expositions, such as the World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893, helped to popularize classical and renaissance architecture nationally. Local design was further influenced by Omaha’s own 1898 Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition, for which Thomas Kimball and his partner C. Howard Walker served as architects-in-chief.
Buildings designed in the Second Renaissance revival style show a studied formalism. Large buildings are organized into distinct horizontal divisions and each floor is articulated differently.

Embellishments and details are based on the classical orders.