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A Tour of the 24th and Lake Historic District

There is a LOT of history to see in North Omaha! With its uniquely diverse history of Jewish and African American culture set against a backdrop of historically distinct places, 24th and Lake Historic District is one of the jewels of Omaha’s history today. This is a tour of addresses in the district, along with links to find more information about each place listed.

These are presentation notes from the May 5, 2020 online history talk entitled “A History of 24th and Lake” by Adam Fletcher Sasse. There are three sections: A. Essential Events, B. Vital Places, and C. Important People.

Do you have places to add to this list? Share them in the comments below!


Essential Events

These are essential events in the history of 24th and Lake Streets.


Vital Places

These are vital places in the history of 24th and Lake Streets.

National Register of Historic Places and/or Omaha Landmarks

  1. Jewell Building / Dreamland Ballroom, 2221 North 24th Street. Built in 1923, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. Read “A History of the Jewel Building” »
  2. Webster Telephone Exchange Building, 2213 Lake Street. Built in 1906, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.
  3. Broomfield Rowhouse, 2502-2504 Lake Street. Built in 1913, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.
  4. Omaha Star Building, 2216 North 24th Street. Built in 1923, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. Read “A History of the Omaha Star” »
  5. Micklin Lumber Company Building, 2109 North 24th Street. Built circa 1911, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.
  6. Skeet’s BBQ Ribs and Chicken, 2201 North 24th Street. Built circa 1955, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016. Read “A History of Skeet’s” »
  7. United States Post Office Station “A”, 2205 North 24th Street. Built in 1948, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.
  8. White Rose Gas Station, 2323 North 24th Street. Built in 1920, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.
  9. F.J. Carey Block, 2401 North 24th Street. Built in 1914, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.
  10. Lion Products Building, 2423 North 24th Street. Built in 1918, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016. Read “A History of the Blue Lion Center” »
  11. Allen’s Showcase, 2229 Lake Street. Built in 1946, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016. Read “A History of Allen’s Showcase” »
  12. Jones and Chiles Building, 2314 North 24th Street. Built in 1914, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.
  13. Joseph D. Lewis Mortuary, 2310 North 24th Street. Built circa 1926, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.
  14. Terrell Drugs, 2306 North 24th Street. Built in 1914, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.
  15. Safeway Store, North 24th and Lake Streets. Built in 1963, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.
  16. Ideal Hotel, 2522 North 24th Street. Built in 1914, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.
  17. Boston West Wash Laundry Building, 2414 Lake Street. Built in 1913, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.
  18. Elks Club, 2420 Lake Street. Built in 1920, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016. Read “A History of the Elks Club” »
  19. 26th and Lake Garage, 2526 Lake Street. Built in 1946, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.
  20. Carnation Ballroom, 2701 North 24th Street. Built in 1923. Read “A History of the Carnation Ballroom” »

Under-Acknowledged Historic Buildings

  1. St. Benedict the Moor Catholic School, 2423 Grant Street. Built in 1921. Read “A History of St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church” »
  2. O’Bee Funeral Home, 2518 Lake Street. Built around 1910.
  3. Murray the Tinner’s Building, 2520 North 24th Street. Built in 1914
  4. Basket Grocery, 2518 North 24th Street. Built in 1916
  5. Nesselson’s Grocery, 2514 North 24th Street. Built in 1910
  6. Tomasso’s Restaurant ,2510 North 24th Street. Built in 1916
  7. Huba Meat Market, 2506 North 24th Street. Built in 1910
  8. Carver Savings and Loan Association, 2412 Lake Street. Built in 1913
  9. Sig N Archur’s, 2302 North 24th Street. Built in 1959
  10. Harry Frazen’s Confectionary, 2218 North 24th Street. Built in 1915
  11. McDonald House, 2225 Lake Street. Built in 1898
  12. Paulsen House, 2206 Lake Street. Built in 1880
  13. Phillips 66 Gas Station, 2303 North 24th Street. Built circa 1934
  14. Dining Car Waiters Key Club / Metoyers BBQ, 2311 North 24th Street. Built in 1956.
  15. Myers Funeral Home, 2416 North 22nd Street. Built in 1910.

Demolished Buildings

  1. 26th and Lake Streetcar Shop, 2606 North 26th Street. Built in 1905; demolished in 2018. Read “A History of the 26th and Lake Streetcar Barn” »
  2. Tuchman Brothers Grocery, 2504 North 24th Street. Built in 1913; demolished in 1970
  3. Duffy Drugs, 2401 Lake Street. Built in 1913; demolished in 1999. Read “A History of Duffy Drugs” »
  4. Hart Building, Northeast corner 24th & Lake. Built in 1913; demolished in 1963
  5. Omaha Wet-Wash Laundry, 2519 North 24th Street. Built in 1912; demolished in 1963
  6. Diamond Theatre, North 24th and Lake Streets, 1913; demolished in 1978
  7. Off Beat Club, 2410 Lake Street. Built in 1913; demolished in 1978. Read “A History of the Off Beat Club” »

Important People

There are too many people who were significant in the history of 24th and Lake to include them all here. This is just a sampling and shouldn’t be considered complete or all-inclusive.


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4 replies on “A Tour of the 24th and Lake Historic District”

Before it was the a Carnation Ballroom it was the Forbes Bakery of which my father Isadore Forbesand Eli Morris Forbes were the founders. Morris Forbes left Omaha for San Antonio Texas in 1933. My father continued the bakery as long as he could during the Great Depression. I have some but vague recollection of the interior of the bakery. Primarily the retail area at the entrance and a small area behind it.

My uncle Michael D. Colton owned the Colton Clothing store across 24th Street from Tuchman Grocery.

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Do you know how I would find these addresses from a city directory? My grandmother lived in 1920 at 1808 x 16th, Omaha. 1929 lived 637 Steele, Carter Lake, or 1936  lived 2509 Emmet. Couldnt find them. She was married in 1918 at first Presbyterian Church in Florence. Not sure how to find these. Thank you for any help. Vickie Adair.Sent from my Galaxy Tab® A

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Thank you so much for bringing back some GREAT memories of my childhood. Some vague, some unforgettable but, all of them sum up my youth and early marriage & fatherhood, along with my music career,which has sustained my spirit even as I write this. Thanks for the memories!!

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