Long Range Planning

Eastridge Historic District

Eastridge Historic District is locally significant in the areas of community planning and development, commerce, and architecture (Criteria A and C) as the largest single residential development in the city up to that time (1950s), utilizing the community's newly adopted subdivision regulations, aggressive and innovative marketing techniques, and characteristic Ranch Style houses produced with well-organized and efficient construction techniques. The Strauss Bros. housed nearly 500 families of Lincoln's booming Cold War population in economical but attractive homes in a master-planned neighborhood with educational, religious, and recreation facilities. The overall layout was responsive to the topography, producing varied lots on curving streets (and sidewalks). Street trees that were barely visible in early photos now are the predominant feature of the built environment, creating attractive canopied streets in a still-vibrant neighborhood.

What Does National Register Listing Mean?

The National Register of Historic Places is the nation's inventory of properties deemed worthy of preservation. It is part of a national program, maintained by the National Park Service and administered by the Nebraska State Historical Society, to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our historic resources. It is important to note what listing a property in the National Register means, or perhaps more important, what it does not mean.

The National Register DOES NOT:
  • Restrict in any way a private property owner's ability to alter, demolish, or sell a property.
  • Require that properties be maintained, repaired, or restored.
  • Invoke special zoning or local landmark designation.
  • List a historic district if a majority of property owners object.
  • Require public access to private property.
Listing a property on the National Register DOES:
  • Provide prestigious recognition to significant properties.
  • Encourage the preservation of historic properties.
  • Provide information about historic properties for local and statewide planning purposes.
  • Provide eligibility for certain federal or state tax incentives, such as the Valuation Incentive Program (www.nebraskahistory.org/histpres/vip/index.htm).

In order to be eligible for the National Register, properties have to be fifty years or older, must have historic integrity (which means that they look much as they did when they were built), and must have historical or architectural significance. In this case, we are nominating the neighborhood for its architectural significance and its historical significance in the area of Community Planning and Development. Eastridge was developed by the Strauss Bros. between 1953 and 1965. They built over 90% of the nearly 500 houses in the district.

Public Meeting Schedule

March 16, 2017 - 1:30 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
County City Building
Room 214 - 2md Floor
555 S 10th St / Lincoln, NE
April 6, 2017 - 7:00 p.m.
Eastridge Neighborhood Meeting
First Evangenlical Covenant Church
6024 L St, Lincoln NE
Enter through glass doors off L Street
May 26, 2017 - 1:00 p.m.
State Historic Preservation Board
Hastings, NE

Meeting Materials

Meeting Agenda
Open House Announcement

Comment Board

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Staff Contact

If you have questions about the Eastridge Historic District, please email Ed Zimmer, Historic Preservation Planner, or email Stacey Hageman, Planner.