A hidden treasure, very cool.
It was very informational and fun to see the history “in action.”
Had no idea such an outstanding area was in Florence. I want to move here.
These are just a few of the comments collected from the more than 780 attendees who discovered Wyman Heights Oct. 1 in conjunction with Restoration Exchange’s annual historic neighborhood tour.
The neighborhood, north of I-680 on North 29th and 30th streets, features a mix of Tudor Revival, Craftsman and Mid-Century Modern homes – all with great views of the Missouri River to the east and downtown Omaha to the south. The 2017 tour featured 12 homes and three bonus sites in the Florence area—the Florence Mill, Florence Depot and Bank of Florence.
According to post-tour surveys, 96 percent of the attendees had never been in the neighborhood. “A lovely, lovely area! A hidden jewel,” said one attendee. “Loved the homes and beautiful views, especially the ones that were a good combo of old and new,” said another attendee.
Restoration Exchange Executive Director Kristine Gerber said the tour gives attendees a chance to get inside the homes and talk with the homeowners. “Happy to see beautiful changes to homes and pride of ownership,” said a tour attendee. “Cannot think of a better way to spend an hour or two, experiencing the BEST of Omaha.”
For Restoration Exchange, the annual tour gives the organization a chance to get people from all over the area to discover Omaha’s historic neighborhoods. “It also helps change any negative perceptions people may have about living east of 72nd Street,” Gerber said.
If you missed the tour, view and download the 40-page tour booklet featuring the history of the neighborhood and pictures of the homes. Restoration Exchange extends a big thank you to the following 2017 major tour supporters:
- American Institute of Architects, Omaha Chapter
- Better Homes and Garden Real Estate – The Good Life Group
- Oldenhuis Contracting Inc;
- Re/Max Results | Team Wiebusch
Thanks also to the 67 volunteers and homeowners who made the tour happen, and congratulations to Midtown resident Eric Eickhoff for winning two tickets to a Husker football game for filling out a tour survey.