A History of the Lantry – Thompson Mansion in North Omaha

Land speculators snatched up a lot of North Omaha legally and illegally in the 1900s. Victor Lantry was one of them, and built a massive mansion to celebrate his wealth. Here’s his story.

Lantry-Thompson Mansion, 3524 State St., North Omaha, Nebraska

Being a greedy land grabber was hard work in the old days! The little town of Florence was swarmed with speculators who wanted to get rich, and in the 1880s the prime among them was Victor Lantry.

 

Lantry - Thompson Mansion, 3524 State Street, Florence, North Omaha, Nebraska
A 2016 pic of the Lantry – Thompson Mansion, at N. 36th and State Street in Florence.

 

Arriving in Florence around 1885, Lantry immediately started buying up land. However, within a year he was embroiled in a series of lawsuits that accused him of using illegal, corrupt and otherwise heinous methods to obtain the land he owned. He fought them off though.

In 1891, Lantry built a fine mansion on the hill high above Florence. At 4,000 square feet, the house was the biggest in Florence for a long time. It has 6 bedrooms and originally sat on more than 200 acres of land.

 

Lantry - Thompson Mansion, 3524 State Street, Florence, North Omaha, Nebraska
A 1950s pic of the Lantry – Thompson Mansion.

 

Lantry moved to Cody, Wyoming in 1899, and died suddenly in 1912 at age 68.

Before he died, Lantry sold the house to a Florence attorney named Will Thompson and his wife, Emma. It was 1908, and Will died just four years after moving in. However, his children continued to live in the house for a long time. His son, Will E.S. Thompson, moved back to the mansion after practicing law in Fort Collins, Colorado for a while. Will’s sisters, Frances and Grace, lived there for a long time afterwards, too. The sisters were teachers at Florence School for a long time.

 

Lantry - Thompson Mansion, 3524 State Street, Florence, North Omaha, Nebraska
A 1908 pic from a World-Herald featurette on the homes of wealthy people on the outskirts of Omaha.

 

Emma Thompson died at home in 1954 at age 90. In 1964, Will E.S. Thompson still lived at the house.

Today, the house continues to be privately owned. The exterior integrity is high, and there are rumors that the interior is beautiful – I’d love to see pics! It sits on a mere four acres now, but for a house within Omaha city limits that’s rare.

The house has not been designated as an Omaha Landmark or listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and that should happen.

This is the history of the Lantry – Thompson Mansion that I could find. Let me know in the comments below if you know any more!

 


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Lantry - Thompson Mansion, 3524 State Street, Florence, North Omaha, Nebraska
A 2014 Google Earth view of the Lantry – Thompson Mansion at 3524 State Street in the Florence neighborhood of North Omaha.

Author: Adam Fletcher

I'm a writer and speaker who teaches people about engaging people. I specialize in youth engagement in communities, at home and through education. Learn more at adamfletcher.net

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