The Roots of Omaha

Two of Omaha’s Historic Neighborhoods

Field Club

The roots of Historic Neighborhoods in Omaha are known for their thriving history and their reputation for the houses and homes that were built during a certain time.

Those that are familiar with historic districts know that the neighborhoods are recognized by the properties, sites and the architectural foundation that is unique about them. The Historic Neighborhoods around Omaha have been rooted here for centuries if not decades ago. The Field Club neighborhood is in Midtown Omaha- bounded by Pacific Street, 32nd Avenue, Center St and 36th Street. The Field Club neighborhood is a vibrant and thriving place were many people want to live. The first house was constructed on the boulevard about 125 years ago. Early in the late 19th century the neighborhood was a suburb located at the southwest limit of Omaha, connected to the trolly system as a convenient place for the well living and convenience for individuals. The Field Club Historic District evoke the kind of old-fashioned, small-town charm that would have Bing Crosby and Bob Hope singing in the streets. The multi-generational area with more than 100 years of family history has its unique structure that many individuals have lived there their whole lives, raised their kids, continues among generations. The neighborhood constructed many green areas east of the neighborhoods with Hanscom Park, Gerald R Ford Birth site and Omaha Field Club, where it was the first Country Club and Golf Course founded in 1898. By the end of the 20th century Field Club most of the home in Field Club were designed and developed with architects of the time. The foundation that these homes have, are well established over the last 100 years. The Historic District of Field Club received recognition on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. Field Club is very similar to other Historic District within the Omaha area, but let’s take the roots to the North to the Gold Coast District.

The Gold Coast

The roots of The Gold Coast District started in the mid-1880s and is located is in the far West Omaha with its streets that include North 36th and west to North 40th from Jones Street north to Cuming. The Gold Coast surrounds two specific neighborhoods that include Blackstone and Cathedral originally called Park Place. It was very common in the mid-1880s for someone who lived in the Gold Coast Neighborhood that everyone knew that the streets were paved in gold. The architecture take in the design of the homes were by Omaha’s finest architects. Many

families in this neighborhood were considered elite because of the grand elements of the area that are original with the large estates and a lot of property. By 1910, more of Omaha was increasing and there were many lots that needed to have a foundation to fill between the mansions. The foundation of the homes that were integrated between the mansions were very similar to Field Clubs homes. Middle income professionals-built bungalows or three stories’ homes. As, the area became more of a closely knit neighborhood feel it started to build apartments, hotels, and schools most commonly Duchesne Academy. Many of the individuals who owned those mansions along the Gold Coast hosted dinners, dances, weddings, flower gardens and most commonly the regal driveways for coach and drivers known as valet today to haul their cars to the next location. The work inside the mansions were quite elaborate with the furnishings of the woodwork, stained glass windows, silk wall tapestries, and tiffany lamp fixtures. The social aspect of these mansions was a way for the wealthy to establish a status in Omaha. In 1997, The Gold Coast Historic, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

These Historic Neighborhoods draw home for the city of Omaha, but as well as visitors who remember what the foundation was like when they grew up and to see it transcribe over the centuries is quite remarkable. Especially, the Gold Coast District was the start of Omaha’s Elite continued to root their neighbor’s westward that are now known as Happy Hollow, Country Club, Fair acres, Field Club, Dundee and many more.

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