Bee Building

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Bee Building
Bee Building, Omaha, Neb (NYPL b12647398-66752).tiff
General information
Town or city Omaha, Nebraska
Country United States
Coordinates 41°15′28″N 95°56′21″W / 41.25778°N 95.93917°W / 41.25778; -95.93917Coordinates: 41°15′28″N 95°56′21″W / 41.25778°N 95.93917°W / 41.25778; -95.93917
Construction started 1887
Completed 1888
Demolished 1966
Cost $500,000
Client Omaha Bee
Design and construction
Architect Solon S. Beman

The Bee Building, later called the Peters Trust Building and finally the Insurance Building,[1] was located at 17th and Farnam Streets in Downtown Omaha, Nebraska. It was an architectural landmark in early Omaha that was built in 1888 by newspaper editor Edward Rosewater to house his Omaha Bee newspaper as well as several other companies.[2] A period review remarked that the building was "probably only second in the United States to that of the New York Herald."[3]


Located next to Omaha's second City Hall, the Bee Building was built on the site of the Rosewater family's former homestead. It was a seven-story red granite structure, with detailing such as carved beehives as exterior ornaments and carved miniature beehives on the doorknobs, playing off the name of the newspaper. Built for almost $500,000, it was touted by the Bee as the world's largest newspaper plant. Circulation in 1889 was 18,736.[2] The noted Omaha National Bank Building was built the same year on the same block.[4]

According to a New York Times article, Edward Rosewater died at his office in the building on September 1, 1906.[5] On March 5, 1909, the Mutual Benefit Health and Accident Association opened its doors in the Bee Building, which has been called Mutual of Omaha since 1944.

Both the Bee Building and the Old City hall were torn down in 1966 to build the Woodmen Tower.

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  1. ^ "Omaha Began Early to Develop Its Role as Packing Center", Retrieved 3/30/08.
  2. ^ a b "City Hall and Bee Buildings", Nebraska Memories. Retrieved 3/30/08.
  3. ^ Bates, C.A. (1897) American Journalism from the Practical Side: What leading newspaper publishers say concerning the relations of advertisers and publishers. Holmes Publishing Company. p 269.
  4. ^ "Enter the Opera," Retrieved 3/30/08.
  5. ^ "Edward Rosewater Dead", New York Times. September 1, 1906. Retrieved 3/30/08.

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