New Residence Inn by Marriott in Downtown Omaha

Posted by Ryan Renner - A on Monday, October 28th, 2013 at 3:12pm.

The prominent, Art-Deco-style Federal Building in downtown Omaha now has a new life as a Residence Inn. The $23-million-dollar project was handled jointly by Nelson Development of Des Moines and First Hospitality Group of Rosemont, Illinois. 

City officials have been very supportive of the project, knowing that it will revitalize one of Omaha's important downtown areas. Because the building is on the National register of Historic Places and the project receives federal historic tax credits, both the federal government and the Nebraska State Historic Preservation Office have had to approve changes. 

While the location and history behind the hotel is certain to draw travelers, guests will also be able to enjoy other unique amenities. The north side of the building has a fire pit and patio area with a view of the First National Bank sculpture park. A 1,000 square-foot penthouse at the top of the building offers stunning views of Omaha. Visitors can also view three impressive vault doors in the lobby that hail from the Depression era. 

Care was taken to retain the most important historical elements of this 1930's structure. The long, geometric lines of the brick, marble and granite facade remain unchanged. The facade was simply cleaned and some accent lighting was added. Inside, the terrazzo marble floors have been preserved. When it comes to the rooms themselves, however, the Federal Building has gotten a sleek and modern makeover. Each suite is arranged to meet the needs of the contemporary business traveler, with dedicated areas for working, sleeping and relaxing. Dropped ceilings were removed, adding an additional 18 inches of height to the rooms. The 12-story property features a total of 152 guest suites and four meeting rooms. 

Originally built in 1933 and 1934, the Federal Building was designed by architectural firm Kimball, Steele & Sandham. Thomas Rogers Kimball, the firm's founder, was also responsible for St. Ceclia's Cathedral and the original Omaha Public Library building. The 1891 Omaha Public Library building has been re-imagined as office space. Kimball was also involved in the design of Burlington Station which will soon be KETV's headquarters. 

The Residence Inn by Marriott in the old Federal Building is yet another example in which an historic Omaha structure has been granted a new life. Omaha residents appreciate the city's architecture and history. Landmarks such as the Old market and the Durham Museum remain well-loved destinations for residents and tourists alike. Omaha is also fortunate to have a variety of beautiful historic housing stock -- whether it's a converted downtown loft or a Happy Hollow charmer. Call us to find your own unique historic building.

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