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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Feb. 10, 1998)
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Story by Sarah Baker Photos by Chris Bendet
It takes more than just eyes to appreciate
Although the city doesn’t have the Sears
Tower or the Empire State Building, it does
have much to offer architecturally.
Throughout downtown, the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln campus and the surrounding
neighborhoods are selected buildings designed
by world famous architects, includirfg Ian Pey,
Philip Johnson and possibly even Frank Lloyd
These edifices loom over Lincoln, their rich
history going unknown to both students and
residents of the city alike.
The State Capitol is the most obvious exam
ple of great architecture in the city, but it’s defi
nitely not the only one.
Frederick J. Luebke, UNL professor emeri
tus of history and editor of
“Harmony of the Arts: The Nebraska State
Capitol,” said Lincoln has many representative
pieces of architecture.
“For a city of its size, Lincoln has a rather
rich architectural history,” he said. “One of the
best examples, which happens to be on the cam
pus, is the Sheldon. That museum is an
absolutely brilliant piece of work.”
Ed Zimmer, historic preservation planner
for the Lincoln Planning Department, agreed
that Lincoln has a rich architectural back
“The Capitol is a particular wonder,” he
said. “It hits so many notes just right.”
But in order to appreciate any of the exam
ples of great work in Lincoln, both knowledge
and interest are required.
“Like anything else, I think appreciation
depends on knowledge,” Luebke said. “If you
have any interest you need to develop that inter
est. If a person has no knowledge or interest,
they won’t be an interesting person.”
Zimmer also stressed knowledge as an
important facet of architecture.
“It’s kind of like bird watching,” Zimmer
said. “Before you know what species a bird is,
you don’t realize how many different kinds
there are all around you.
“But Lincoln’s not like Yellowstone, we
don’t have birds. What we’ve got are buildings.”
Zimmer said knowledge can only benefit
when looking at architecture.
“When you think about it, buildings are the
art we live with,” he said.
“Once you get that initial knowledge, it can
only lead to a better, richer life. Enrichment is
Nebraska State Capitol
The Capitol is located at 15th and J streets.
Construction on the Capitol began in 1922 and was com
pleted in 1932. Designed by Bertram Goodhue, the cur
rent Capitol is the third one for Nebraska. The Capitol
offers daily tours on the hour except at noon. Hours are
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information,
call (402) 471-0448.
Little Atwood House
at 740 South 17th St. Built in 1894, the Little
is suspected to have been built using a
drawn by the late Frank Lloyd Wright.
bed and breakfast,
call (402) 438-4567.
Located at 16th and H streets, the Kennard House was
built in 1869 and is the oldest house in Lincoln. In the
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St. Paul Methodist Church, 12th and M streets
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Saint Paul Methodist Church
Built in 1900, the church is located at 12th and M streets. The west
side is currently under construction and will include a new office and
education suite with a gymnasium.
There are also education classrooms
and a parking garage.
NBC Bank Building, 12th and 0 streets
NBC Bank Building
Located at 12th and O streets, the
National Bank of Commerce
Building was designed by world
famous architect Ian Pey. The gm
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state of Nebraska. The NBC
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Sheldon Memorial Art
Located on the UNL
campus, the Sheldon was
built in 1961 by world
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Johnson. The Sheldon
Memorial Art Gallery was j I
dedicated May 16, 1963. f ; I
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Sheldon Memorial Art fiallery, 12tk and R streets
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