New York Life Building (renamed the Omaha Building in 1909)

McKim, Mead and White

This ten-story building (the 11th story was added in 1920) was Omaha's first skyscraper. Like McKim, Mead and White's Boston Public Library it alludes to Italian Renaissance architecture, seen especially in the granite rustication of the ground floor. (See Alberti's Palazzo Rucellai and Michelozzo's Palazzo Medici-Ricardi). The H-shaped plan contrasts with Chicago skyscrapers of the same period which generally had a box-like construction. At the back of the entrance, behind the central court, a tower rises.


The front facade and entrance

See also the Boston Public Library by McKim, Mead and White.

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