Dundee-Happy Hollow Historic District

Dundee-Happy Hollow Historic District
Dundee-Happy Hollow Historic District
The home of Warren Buffett which he bought for $31,500 in 1958
Dundee-Happy Hollow Historic District is located in Nebraska
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Coordinates: 41°15′54″N 95°59′25″W / 41.265034°N 95.99038°W / 41.265034; -95.99038Coordinates: 41°15′54″N 95°59′25″W / 41.265034°N 95.99038°W / 41.265034; -95.99038
Architect: Thomas Rogers Kimball; John and Alan McDonald; others
Architectural style: Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Late 19th And Early 20th Century American Movements
Governing body: Local
NRHP Reference#:


Added to NRHP: July 22, 2005

The Dundee-Happy Hollow Historic District is located west of Midtown Omaha, Nebraska. It covers the area between Leavenworth Street on the south, Hamilton Street on the north, Happy Hollow Boulevard on the west, and 46th Street on the east. The "heart" of Dundee is located at 50th and Underwood Avenue in Omaha, Nebraska, United States. Founded in 1880 and annexed into the city in 1915. Dundee is home to Warren Buffett and nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist Jeff Koterba and birthplace of Academy Award winning filmmaker Alexander Payne.



The neighborhood was developed in 1880 by Patrick Mulhall, and has been dubbed Omaha's first suburb.

Patrick hired Shannon Brothers of Kansas City to construct six homes between 48th and 52nd Street, Capitol to California. The brothers had just converted the Kansas City Fairgrounds on the edge of Downtown Kansas City into a planned residential development called Dundee Place and they hoped to do the same in Omaha. Unlike other suburban development where the houses look similar, the houses in Dundee were built to look distinctive.

The Omaha Herald on October 30, 1888 noted neighborhood covenants required that the buildings be for residential purposes only, stand at least 25 feet away from the street, cost at least $2500, and not be "used for any immoral or illegal business, nor shall any spirits or malt liquors be sold or bartered away."

The houses did not initially sell well and the developers set out to create the neighborhood as a self-contained village. Developers planted 2,000 maple trees along the roadways (one of which was named Underwood for one of the developers). In 1905 developer Walter L. Selby offered free lots if the buyer built. If the buyer stayed for more than a year he got a bonus of $500. Interest in the neighborhood skyrocketed and the developers expanded to be south of Dodge Street and north of Cuming Street.

C.C. and J.E. George laid out Happy Hollow Boulevard and developed the area south of Dodge and west of 50th to Elmwood Park. They filled in the creek that ran along 50th Street and added sidewalks and the Dundee lights. Homes in the area reflected the Colonial, Georgian and Tudor Revival styles. Omaha annexed Dundee on June 20, 1915. At that time it was 0.7 mi² and had 2500 residents.[2]

World War II bombing

In April 1945 a Japanese fire balloon exploded over Dundee. The incident was part of a large World War II campaign by the Japanese military to cause mass chaos in American cities. However, the story was suppressed by the American military until after the war was over. Nobody was hurt in the explosion.[3][4]


This central Omaha neighborhood is home to Dundee Elementary School, which is in the Omaha Public Schools district. Brownell-Talbot School is a historic, traditionally Episcopalian school. The area is renowned for its numerous historic residences. Two major area parks are in the neighborhood: Memorial Park and Elmwood Park. St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church and Dundee Presbyterian Church (the church where Warren Buffett attended and was married) are among many congregations in Dundee. The area is home to numerous businesses, including Dundee Dell, Dundee Theatre, the Blue Line Coffee Shop. The area is promoted and preserved by Dundee-Memorial Park Association. St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, and the associated school, are known for extreme pride in their neighborhood. Dundee annually hosts the Dundee Days, featuring a neighborhood festival and dance showdown.

Warren Buffett, the "Oracle of Omaha", lives in a house bought for $31,500 in 1958 in Dundee.

See also

  • History of Omaha


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. http://nrhp.focus.nps.gov/natreg/docs/All_Data.html. 
  2. ^ History of Nebraska - Chapter 35, retrieved 14dec2006
  3. ^ (2004) "Omaha Was Bombed During WWII: Keeping Secret Was Some People's Effort To Help War," KETV.com. 7/14/07. Retrieved 7/7/07.
  4. ^ (nd) Dundee Bombing. HistoricOmaha.com. Retrieved 7/7/07.

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