2013 Deer Park Neighborhood Tour

Tour the Deer Park Neighborhood

Love getting inside historic buildings? Looking for ideas and inspiration for your own property?  Join us for the ninth Neighborhood Restoration and Preservation Tour Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 from Noon to 5 p.m.

This year’s tour features late 19th century and early 20th century homes and buildings in Omaha’s Deer Park neighborhood bounded by Interstate 480, the Missouri River, Martha Street and Spring Lake Park. The tour will include the Vinton Street Commercial District.

Sites include:

  1. Chops Bowling Alley, 2518 S. 13th St.
  2. St. Patrick’s Church, 1404 Castelar St.
  3. Meyer Residence, 1405 Vinton St.
  4. Palleton, Inc, 1502-1504 Vinton St.
  5. Ferguson Studio and Residence, 1701 Vinton St.
  6. Emerging Terrain, 1717 Vinton St.
  7. Hardware Building, Apartments and The Apollon, 1801 Vinton St.
  8. Gallery 72, 1806 Vinton St. and
  9. Spring Lake Park Golf Clubhouse – 4020 Hoctor Blvd. Stop will include a presentation by the Omaha Parks and Recreation department on the planned improvements for the park. Plus you can enter a free drawing for great raffle prizes.

Attendees also are encouraged to walk or drive by other significant buildings in the area including:

  • Duran Residence, 2402 S. 13th St.
  • Louie M’s Burger Lust, 1718  Vinton St.
  • Wiig Building, Capitol Bindery, 1810-1812 Vinton St.
  • OFD #3 Fire Station and now residence, 3111 S. 20th St. and
  • Deer Hollow Park – 1801 Deer Park Road

“The Deer Park neighborhood and the Vinton Business District has seen a resurgence in that last few years. Artists, galleries and non-profits have now moved in to create a new creativity hub in the city,” said Nicole Malone Restoration Exchange Omaha education committee chair. “We want to promote the Vinton Business District and also highlight the affordable turn of the century housing that is available for renovation. There is so much history to this area; we can’t wait to share it with everyone!”

Tickets are $10 each or two for $15. Purchase tickets in advance or the day of the tour at Chops Bowling Alley. Admission will include a brochure highlighting historical information on the neighborhood and buildings featured. Parking is available at Chops Bowling Alley, St. Patrick’s Church or at Bag N Save.

Volunteer to help at the tour and enjoy the tour and a post-tour reception for free. Volunteers are needed to work from 11:30 to 2:30 p.m. or from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. to check tickets at each site. As a volunteer you will receive free admission to the tour either before or after your shift and a VIP ticket to the post party.  If you can help, contact Nicole Malone at nmalone@thearchitecturaloffices.com.

Thanks to American Institute of Architects, Omaha Chapter www.aiaomaha.org and Eyman Plumbing www.eymanplumbing.com for sponsoring the event.

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