Deuce Third Fridays begin April 18

Each third Friday from April thru September The Deuce is teaming with the Washington Branch of the Omaha Public Library to present The Deuce tour.  Attendees will receive a ticket good for special offers from Deuce area vendors.

Each Deuce Friday tour will feature a special guest.  On April 18 our guest will be Patricia “Big Mama” Givens Barron who will talk food and local history with us.

The May 16 tour will feature singer/poet/writer Portia Love.

Please register at 402-709-2586 or


New space on The Deuce

Last evening the Union of Contemporary Art opened a new gallery space in the lower level of the historic Jewell Building.  Previously, the space had been occupied by the US Postal Service.

Executive Director Brigitte McQueen noted UCA has the space for the next 6 months and plans shows on the second Friday of each month beginning in December. Ms. McQueen noted that “Mike Maroney and the Omaha Economic Development Corporation were very helpful” in providing the space.

The works of Andrew Johnson, a local engineer and artist, were on view last night.


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Black firefighters history

On The Deuce tour, we point out the old fire station located near 21st and Lake Streets.  The site is now owned by the Omaha Black Firefighters Association who is planning a museum or community use for the space.  This station housed the first integrated fire house in Omaha in the mid-1950s.

Recently, the Omaha Word Herald published this story noting a fireman who served at the station.

Historic apartment district near The Deuce

Just east of The Deuce along 16th Street, which in the 1890s was Sherman Boulevard, is one of the city’s largest linear concentrations of historic apartment buildings.  However, due to population loss and the deterioriation of the built envirnoment in North Omaha, this district is now relegated to isolated buildings especially along North 16th between Ohio and Lake Streets.

Now a newly-nominated historic building at 2514 North 16th – a four-plex flat –  is undergoing renovation.  This brick structure sits on a concrete foundation and is two stories tall with four apartment units which feature double-decker porches that provide much outdoor living space.

Recently, The Deuce visited via phone with the owner of 2514 – Ethel Mitchell.  A new sidewalk, roof, concrete front steps, and a rear parking area have been recently completed, and Ms. Mitchell is working with the City of Omaha, the Nebraska State Historical Society, and a general contractor to move ahead with indoor improvements which will create four 1-bedroom apartments.

Ms. Mitchell also owns and rehabbed the Broomfield Rowhouse at 25th and Lake which is a stop on the Deuce Walking Tour.

Click on the link below to see “before and after” views of some of the recent work (a PDF file)