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Property Name Omaha Hotel
Reference Number 13000101
State Wisconsin
County Clark
Town Neillsville
Street Address 317 West 7th Street, Neillsville, WI
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 3/20/2013
Areas of Significance COMMERCE
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The Omaha Hotel is being nominated to the National Register of Historic Places for its local significance under National Register Criterion A in the area of Commerce. The 1893 Omaha Hotel is an example of a late 19th century railroad hotel that was built for the specific purpose of housing the railroad traveler and the traveling salesman. It is one of two surviving historic Neillsville hotels. The Omaha Hotel was recognized in the 2003-2004 Neillsville Architectural Survey as having potential eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places as a local example of a hotel built to serve the needs of railroad travelers. 8 Architecturally, the Omaha Hotel is a representative example of commercial vernacular architecture with Italianate influences. Cultural Resource Management in Wisconsin: Volume 2 describes the characteristics of commercial vernacular architecture of the late nineteenth century as buildings that exhibit large retail windows, an emphatic cornice and simple window openings on the second story, and having simplified period motifs that are implied without any overt stylistic character.


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