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Two historic Omaha homes on the market

Posted at 11:06 PM, Feb 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-10 00:06:18-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — It's not everyday you can buy a house of full of history but soon, you might be able to buy two, in the same neighborhood.

The first house is the Edgar Zabriskie house off Hawthorne Ave in Omaha. "You don't even need to go inside all you have to do is look at a picture of this house and immediately know it's special," said Tim Reeder, the Realtor.

The house is still standing strong after being built more than 130 years ago, and soon will be for sale. "One of the best features of the home is its original gas and electric light fixtures," said Reeder. Along with the light fixtures is a marble fireplace, a detailed staircase, and a buzzer system throughout the house.

If that home isn't for you, there is another historic house right around the corner. "I've never been in a house that had murals as extensive as this. I haven't seen anything like it in Omaha," said Alyson Roach, a local Realtor. The Porter-Thomsen House was built in 1902, and all its artwork was painted by the same artist that did the murals in the Douglas County Courthouse. "The incredible quality of, and artistry that went into a home like this, it is a work of art," said Roach.

Seeing one historical home for sale is rare, but two, in the same neighborhood is even more rare. "There's only 29 houses that are locally land marked in Omaha and these two are the only two located in a local landmark district," said Nicole Malone, a designer at Architectural Offices.

Keeping these homes around is also about preserving history, and allows us to look back at a time when Omaha was fairly new to the map. "If you're interested in architecture and history of the way people's lives evolved the way the city evolved, what better way than to step in and to live back in time," said Roach.

To view the Porter-Thomsen house visit this link.