Woodmen of the World Building (Omaha, Nebraska)
|Woodmen of the World Building|
The Woodmen of the World Building shortly after construction in 1912
Former location within Nebraska
|Architectural style||Italian Renaissance|
|Location||1323 Farnam Street
|Owner||Woodmen of the World|
|Height||242 ft (73.8 m)|
|Design and construction|
|Architecture firm||Holibard and Roche, Fisher and Lawrie|
The former Woodmen of the World Building in Omaha, Nebraska, was located at 1323 Farnam Street. Built in 1912 by the architectural firms of Holibard and Roche and Fisher and Lawrie, the building was the headquarters of Woodmen of the World (WOW) from 1912 until 1934. WOW relocated in 1934 to the Bee Newspaper Building at 17th and Farnam, also known as the Insurance Building.
The first WOW building in Omaha was the 1885 Sheely Building, occupied by WOW in 1890 soon after the Woodmen of the World was organized. The company then purchased the Sheely Building in 1900 for $60,000 and applied its own name to the headquarters, but the building was too small for a rapidly growing business.
The new WOW building would be 19 stories, the tallest building between Chicago and the West coast, at the time of its dedication in 1912. It was the tallest building in Downtown Omaha from 1912 to 1919.
The Italian Renaissance skyscraper featured exterior decorations of pink granite and terracotta. It included a motor operated revolving door opening into a lobby with a 30-foot high ceiling. Six elevators carried tenants to the upper floors. The building was demolished in 1977.
- "Woodmen of the World Building", The Western Architect, 18 (12): 129, December 1912
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- McKee, Jim (July 17, 2010). "Jim McKee: Modern Woodmen helped build Omaha". Lincoln Journal Star. Lincoln, Nebraska: Lee Enterprises. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
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- Postcard view of the Sheely Building First WOW building in Omaha
- History of the Woodmen of the World
- Historic photos of Omaha Includes WOW building
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