Each Valentine’s Day, Restoration Exchange Omaha shows its love and devotion to Omaha’s amazing architectural history during their annual heart bombing! Each of their chosen locations are vacant buildings throughout the city with the potential to be something new – with just a little love. During this spirited event, over fifty volunteers prepare paper hearts that are posted with these historical buildings. The goal of this event is to create awareness and celebrate the building’s history.

The next Heart Bomb event is scheduled for Feb. 15, 2020 from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

In 2019, REO heart bombed five historical sites starting near Elmwood Park and extending east throughout city.  One example at 1812 “N” Street was once home to The Curo Mineral Springs, the 20th century bottling plant which still commemorates its original owner on the west side of the building, rendering it a veritable time capsule. 2001 “S” Street, on the other hand, was home to one of Omaha’s twenty Czech bakeries, only two of which still stand.

In 2020, we will switch up our routine, asking you, our members and constituents, to nominate vacant buildings in need of some extra love and care! Heart bombing these historic sites shines a light on potential space for new development. Let us know where cupid’s arrow should strike next! Send your ideas to development@restorationexchange.org by January 15.

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