Hey, restoration lovers – mark your calendars for Sunday, Oct. 1. Restoration Exchange will showcase a mix of Tudor Revival, Craftsman and Mid-Century Modern homes in the Wyman Heights neighborhood during the 2017 Historic Neighborhood Tour. The event runs from noon to 5:00pm.

Wyman Heights, which boasts stunning views of the Missouri River, was once home to the settlements of various Indian tribes. In 1854, after the incorporation of Florence, Nebraska, the area quickly came under the eyes of real estate speculators. It wasn’t until 1925 that Henry Wyman, a real estate agent, opened the neighborhood to development after platting and paving North 29th and 30th streets.

From the 1930s through the 1940s, a variety of middle class city dwellers trickled up into the neighborhood and constructed Tudor Revival style homes. The advent of World War II halted much of the development in the neighborhood, and it wasn’t until the end of the war that people once more began making their homes in Wyman Heights. The postwar period saw the completion of the neighborhood with Mid-Century Modern style homes.

Tour stops include:


The tour also includes three bonus sites in the Florence area—the Florence Mill, Florence Depot and Bank of Florence. Attendees can view the inside of each site and speak with the property owners. Each building has been restored, rehabilitated or preserved.

Tickets are $15 per person or two for $25 and include a tour booklet with photos and extensive home and neighborhood histories. They can be purchased online or on the day of the tour at Florence City Hall, 2864 State Street. For the convenience of attendees, a shuttle will run continuously from Florence City Hall to the homes.

Proceeds from the tour support Restoration Exchange advocacy and education activities. Major tour support is provided by American Institute of Architects, Omaha Chapter; Better Homes and Garden Real Estate – The Good Life Group; Oldenhuis Contracting Inc; and Re/Max Results | Team Wiebusch.

For more information, contact Restoration Exchange Executive Director Kristine Gerber at 402.679.5854 or info@restorationexchange.org.

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