Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission

Spanish Renaissance revival style architecture became a national rage in the 1920’s, after architect Bertram Goodhue employed it for the popular Panama-California Exposition at San Diego in 1915.

Omaha had several fines examples of the style well before it reached national popularity because of the work of Thomas Kimball. Both St. Cecilia’s Cathedral and St. Philomena’s Catholic Church exhibit elements of the style -- bell towers, curvilinear gables, niches, tile roofs and decorative carvings and moldings. The style was also used for simpler stucco-walled, tile-roofed houses.