Nash Block

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Nash Block
Nash Block, Farnam Street Omaha, Nebraska..jpg
The Greenhouse, seen here in 2010, is located at the edge of the Gene Leahy Mall.
LocationDowntown Omaha, Nebraska
Coordinates41°15′28″N 95°55′42″W / 41.25778°N 95.92833°W / 41.25778; -95.92833Coordinates: 41°15′28″N 95°55′42″W / 41.25778°N 95.92833°W / 41.25778; -95.92833
ArchitectThomas R. Kimball[2][1]
Architectural styleRenaissance Revival
NRHP reference #85001072[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP1985
Designated OMALOctober 17, 1978[2]

The Nash Block, also known as the McKesson-Robbins Warehouse and currently as The Greenhouse, is located at 902-912 Farnam Street in Omaha, Nebraska. Designed by Thomas R. Kimball and built in 1907, the building is the last remnant of Downtown Omaha's Jobbers Canyon. It was named an Omaha Landmark in 1978, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.[3]


The Nash Block was composed of two identical warehouse buildings, built in 1905 for one of Omaha's wealthy elite, Catherine B. Nash. Thomas R. Kimball designed the building as the first factory-warehouse in Omaha with the modern fire protection elements, including brick enclosures for stairs and elevators, fireproof doors and an automatic sprinkler system. The two buildings' first occupants relied on the city's railroads, and the building's proximity to them.

The M. E. Smith Company was the largest and most important dry goods firm in Omaha at the turn of the century. The building was later occupied for many years by the McKesson-Robbins Drug Company, and is still often referred to by that name. The northern-most building was razed to construct the Gene Leahy Mall and in 1989 the remaining building was renovated into apartment units known as "The Greenhouse."[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "National Register of Historical Places - Nebraska (NE), Douglas County". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-05-31.
  2. ^ a b c "Omaha Landmarks". Omaha Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
  3. ^ (Nash Block. City of Omaha Landmark Heritage Preservation Commission. Retrieved 10/06/07.
  4. ^ Spencer, J. (2003) Building for the Ages: Omaha's Architectural Landmarks. Omaha Books. p. 111

External links[edit]

  • Nash Block - Historic photos of the Nash Block from the Library of Congress.