Old Market (Omaha, Nebraska)

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Old Market Historic District
The intersection of Howard and 11th Streets in the heart of the Old Market.
Location Nebraska Omaha, NE
Coordinates 41°15′20″N 95°55′50″W / 41.25556°N 95.93056°W / 41.25556; -95.93056Coordinates: 41°15′20″N 95°55′50″W / 41.25556°N 95.93056°W / 41.25556; -95.93056
Architect Multiple
NRHP Reference # 79001441[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP March 23, 1979
Designated OMAL January 22, 1985[2]

The Old Market is a neighborhood located in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, United States, and is bordered by South 10th Street to the east, 13th Street to the west, Farnam Street to the north and Jackson Street to the South. The neighborhood has many restaurants, art galleries and upscale shopping. The area retains its brick paved streets from the turn of the century, horse-drawn carriages, and covered sidewalks in some areas. It is not uncommon to see a variety of street performers, artists, and other vendors.

Historic designation[edit]

The area is designated on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district, and borders the former site of the Jobbers Canyon Historic District, as well as the still-existent Omaha Rail and Commerce Historic District and the Warehouses in Omaha MPS. There is a walking tour of historic buildings available from the Omaha Chamber of Commerce. There are also several specifically noted historic buildings within the district.

Built to sell groceries wholesale and retail to the city of Omaha and beyond, the Old Market district was preceded by the Market House in Omaha's Jefferson Square. The Old Market district was starting to be built when the Market House still stood. They included the P. E. Iler Block, which is a contributing property to the district. Built in 1901, the six story building was originally built as a warehouse. A 1990 rehabilitation converted the building into retail and office space. The Windsor Hotel is a three-story brick building built in 1885. The building was converted into rental residential and commercial space in 1985. The Broatch Building was built in 1880 and expanded in 1887. The McClure-Smith Building is a two-story brick building that was built around 1878. Originally a steam bakery, a 1985 rehabilitation converted the building to office and retail space. The A. I. Root Building is a three-story brick building constructed in 1904 as offices. The building was doubled in size by the addition of an equal-size portion in 1909. In 1993 that building was converted to retail and residential spaces. Built in 1894 this five-story building is located in Omaha's Old Market Historic District. The Morse-Coe Shoe Company, now known as the Mayfield Apartments was built as a warehouse and light industry building in 1894. A 2002 rehabilitation converted the structure to a mixed-use function of apartments, retail space and parking. The George H. Lee Building was built in 1903 as warehouse and office space.[3]


ConAgra Foods relocated their headquarters to neighbor the Old Market in 1991, after a contentious battle with local advocates after the City of Omaha demolished the Jobbers Canyon Historic District.

2016 Old Market explosion[edit]

On January 9, 2016, at 2:51 pm local time, a large explosion occurred at M's Pub on the northwest corner of 11th and Howard streets causing a large fire to break out. The fire and subsequent efforts to extinguish it caused a total loss of the 100-year-old building as firefighters worked through the night and following morning. Temperatures at the time were in the sub-zero range causing large-scale freezing of the water from the fire fighting efforts. The explosion is believed to have been caused by a gas line that was accidentally ruptured by contractors on behalf of Verizon installing fiber-optic cables. Although several people were injured during the explosion, there were no fatalities. Eyewitnesses reported injuries sustained by multiple people within the immediate vicinity of the explosion, although these were not broadcast by local media outlets.[4]

Image gallery[edit]

Businesses located along Howard street in the Old Market.
Many of the original warehouses in the Old Market have been converted into lofts, such as the buildings above. The building on the right was destroyed by an explosion and fire in January 2016.


  1. ^ Staff (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Omaha Landmarks". Omaha Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  3. ^ "Tax incentive program projects in Douglas County," Nebraska State Historical Society. Retrieved 1/17/08.
  4. ^ "Relentless fire destroys Old Market landmark". KETV News. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 

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