Omaha in Douglas County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Fort Omaha Officers Row
Fort Omaha Walking Tour
Built in 1906, Fort Omaha’s “Officers Row” typifies the architecture appropriate for officers’ residences on an army post in the early 20th century. Large and impressively formal, the houses lack elaborate exterior decoration characteristic of residences of similar size which prosperous civilians built throughout Omaha.
The simplicity of Officers Row expresses government and taxpayer pressure to keep within budget limitations. The restrained classic lines of each house reflects the dignity of early Georgian, Federal and Greek Revival styles. Though less ornate than the older Italianate styles of the post headquarters, their red brick walls and white trim blend with the architectural unity of Fort Omaha.
The officers quartered in Officers Row participated in the social activities of Omaha’s business and professional elite. An early Omaha social directory, the Blue Book, listed the names of the Fort Omaha officer staff who regularly received invitations to the city’s charity balls, band concerts, sleighing parties and activities of fraternal lodges. Visiting dignitaries considered Officers Row a place of special
These houses now serve as residences for some of the faculty and staff at Metropolitan Community College.
Erected by Metropolitan Community College, Historical Society of Douglas County, and Nebraska Committee for the Humanities. (Marker Number 3.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Forts and Castles • War, World I. A significant historical year for this entry is 1906.
Location. 41° 18.525′ N, 95° 57.619′ W. Marker is in Omaha, Nebraska, in Douglas County. Marker is at the intersection of West Road and Middle Road, on the left when traveling north on West Road. Marker is between Buildings 15 and 16 on the Metropolitan Community College campus. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Omaha NE 68111, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. President's House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); General Crook's Headquarters at Fort Omaha (about 400 feet away); Crook House (about 500 feet away); History of Fort Omaha (about 700 feet away); Fort Omaha Balloon School (about 700 feet away); Fort Omaha Hospital (about 700 feet away); Fort Omaha Headquarters Building (about 800 feet away); Observation Balloon Training at Fort Omaha (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Omaha.
Also see . . .
1. Fort Omaha. (Submitted on August 7, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Metropolitan Community College. (Submitted on August 7, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 434 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 7, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.