For 50 years after the founding of the city in 1854, homes were built across the city of Omaha that had high, sharp roof angles, wraparound porches, round turrets and tall roof towers. This was the Victorian era, and the houses from this time period had intricately designed woodwork and Gothic influences. Following are some of the Victorians in the North Omaha community today.
For the upper middle class and the upper class living in North Omaha , the Victorian era was fancy. People were making money, often for the first time, and they wanted to show it off. With a lot of hand-crafted woodwork and readily available high end fixtures, these homes were filled with fine details and beautiful features. There were many architectural styles during the Victorian era. The following examples are mostly in the Eastlake / Stick style and Queen Anne style.
Many of the Victorian era homes remaining in North Omaha have been stripped of their finest details. A few remain intact though. Here are some of the most interesting examples of both, including the most popular house in Omaha.
These homes are located in neighborhoods throughout North Omaha. While they are scattered throughout the community, the Bemis Park Landmark Heritage District, the Gold Coast Historic District, and the Kountze Place neighborhood are the primary locations for Victorian homes in the best conditions. Victorian era homes offer a great deal of opportunities for the neighborhoods where they are, and give a direct viewpoint into the history of the community.
Thanks for this informative article and the great house pictures. I just love this style of home. I have been in quite a few and the architecture inside, if it’s still intact, is also quite elaborate. The entryways and fireplaces are always gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!
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