People need houses. Every place where people live has a past. All houses have a design, whether intentional or coincidental. This is a history of houses in North Omaha.
A conservative estimate shows that have been more than 25,000 houses built in North Omaha since 1846. In the region of the city extending from North 72nd east to the Missouri River and from Dodge Street north to the Washington County line, countless homesteads, farms, housing developments, subdivisions, and individual homes have covered every size of lot. They include the cribs in the Sporting District where underage prostitutes sold their bodies in the 1870s; the deluxe upper middle class homes covering Herman Kountze’s fanciful neighborhood in the 1880s; the quarter acre lots of the upscale Fairview neighborhood in the 1950s, and; the urbane and modern Highlander neighborhood of the 2000s.
Here are some of the individual house histories in North Omaha I’ve researched and written.
- Mergen House, 4922 Ames Ave.
- Hoyer House, 3049 Redick Ave.
- North Omaha’s Sod House, N. 16th and Spencer St.
- James Comey Mitchell House, 8314 North 31st
- Charles Storz House, 1901 Wirt St.
- George F. Shepard House, 1802 Wirt St.
- 2902 N. 25th St.
- 6327 Florence Blvd. “Fort Omaha House”
- 3155 Meredith Ave.
- 5815 Florence Blvd.
- 2936 N. 24th St.
- 6711 N. 31st Ave.
- 3210 N. 21st St.
- 4517 Browne St.
- 5833 Florence Blvd.
- 1922 Wirt St.
- 3467 N. 42nd St.
- 5504 Kansas Ave.
- Lost Blue Windows House
There are literally thousands more to write. What would you like to read about? Share your thoughts in the comments!