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The Bemis Park Landmark Heritage District is
located in north Omaha, Nebraska. Situated from Cuming Street to
Hawthorne Avenue, Glenwood Avenue to 33rd Street, Bemis Park was
annexed into Omaha in 1887, and
developed from 1889-1922. The district was designated an Omaha Landmark in 1983.
George Bemis's Bemis Land Company platted
this exclusive subdivision in 1889. His namesake park was part of
Omaha's parks and boulevard system, and the neighborhood's
tree-lined streets were the first in Omaha to be laid out according
to topography rather than the grid pattern used throughout the rest
of the city.
The Bemis Park Landmark Heritage District is notable for its mix
of late nineteenth and early twentieth century homes. Architecture
in Bemis Park includes Queen Anne, Arts and Crafts and Neo-Classical style buildings as well as
vernacular structures. The district includes a park donated to the
city by the subdivision’s developer George Bemis and designed as a
part of the then developing Omaha parks and boulevard system.
The neighborhood was devastated by the Easter Day Tornado of 1913. According to
one report, "This beautiful section of Omaha had been completely
ruined. The pretty homes that adorned the graceful winding
driveways were beyond redemption. The trees had been broken off
short at the base, and many of them were even uprooted. One great
home had been turned turtle onto the roof of the house adjoining it
on the east."
In the 1940s, Bemis Park was home to workers from the new Mutual of Omaha
headquarters, teachers at the nearby Tech High
School, or employees of the Methodist Hospital.
According to the City of Omaha, the proposed Bemis Park
Residential Historic District is eligible for the National Register of
|Historic properties in Bemis
Park in alphabetical order
|George Payne House
||3602 Lincoln Boulevard
||3524 Hawthorne Avenue
||Considered one of the finest Queen Anne style
houses in Omaha.