REO’s Adam Andrews showcased his skills at last year’s heart making event.

Want to show Omaha’s abandoned architectural gems some love? Join Restoration Exchange Omaha for its third annual heart bombing activities in February!

Heart bombing, created by a preservation group in Buffalo, New York, and adopted by communities across the United States, is designed to draw awareness to abandoned buildings and prevent needless demolitions. Volunteers cover vacant historic buildings with homemade valentines to showcase their potential for reuse.

There are two ways to participate locally. REO will make valentines Saturday, Feb. 4, from 10:00am to noon at AO*, 4610 Dodge Street. “We’d love you to join us – we’ll provide the materials, and you bring the creativity,” said Adam Andrews, AIA, REO’s president-elect and Heart Bombing chair. Parking is available behind the office.

REO’s third heart bombing event is set for Saturday, Feb. 11. This year’s focus is on small commercial buildings that were once streetcar stops, and REO will unveil the selected sites that morning. All those interested in participating should meet at AO* at 10:00am to pick up the materials. Ollie the Trolley will provide transportation to the sites. Following the heart bombing, refreshments will be served at around AO* at noon.

Need some inspiration? Check out this video made by Brent Lubbert with highlights from the 2015 event. Questions? Contact REO at

This is what heart bombing looks like.


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