Federal Office Building (Omaha, Nebraska)

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Federal Office Building
NE-Omaha 1934 Ref.jpg
The Federal Office Building in downtown Omaha upon completion in 1934.
Federal Office Building (Omaha, Nebraska) is located in Nebraska
Federal Office Building (Omaha, Nebraska)
Location 106 South 15th Street
Omaha, Nebraska
Coordinates 41°15′19″N 95°56′12″W / 41.25528°N 95.93667°W / 41.25528; -95.93667Coordinates: 41°15′19″N 95°56′12″W / 41.25528°N 95.93667°W / 41.25528; -95.93667
Built 1934
Architect Thomas R. Kimball,
William L. Steele,
Josiah D. Sandham,
George B. Prinz.
Architectural style Stripped classical with Art Deco elements
NRHP reference # 09000131[1]
Added to NRHP March 17, 2009

The Federal Office Building (Omaha, Nebraska), also known as the Old Federal Building, is a thirteen story, stripped classical style building with Art Deco elements located in downtown Omaha, Nebraska.[2] The building was designed and built in 1933-34 by architects Thomas R. Kimball, William L. Steele, and Josiah D. Sandham as part of the firm Kimball, Steele & Sandham, plus associated architect George B. Prinz. It was built on the site of first U.S Courthouse and Post Office.

Part of the New Deal building program, the structure's original occupants were all federal agencies including the US Weather Bureau, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Department of Agriculture, Civil Service Commission, Customs Service, Army, and Navy. The federal District Court for Nebraska met here until the late 1950s or early 1960s. The US Army Corps of Engineers was the last federal agency officed here, and subsequent to their departure in July 2008, it has not been in use by the federal government. Though not substantiated by the FBI, the building was allegedly examined by Timothy McVeigh in 1995, prior to his involvement in the Oklahoma City Bombing.[3]

In December 2011, the building was sold to developers who plan on opening a 152-room Residence Inn by Marriott. The exterior facade will remain the same as will some of the interior 1930s features such as terrazzo marble floors. The 23 million dollar project is expected to be completed by 2013.[3]

Facade of the building as it appears in 2010.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nebraska National Register Sites in Douglas County". Lincoln, Nebraska: Nebrasksa State Historical Society. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Old Federal Building". Buildings. Frankfort, Germany: Emporis. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Gonzalez, Cindy (March 18, 2012). "Federal building to get new life as hotel". Omaha World Herald. Archived from the original on January 30, 2013. Retrieved June 21, 2012. 

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