A look at Hotel Flatiron’s history

Over the last century, the Flatiron building has been a home, a hotel, a social hotspot and a cornerstone of downtown business. Take a look at our timeline to see how Hotel Flatiron came to be, how it’s changed throughout the years and where it’s going. This Omaha landmark has quite a history, and now you can be a part of its future. View pictures of our remodel, or contact our leasing office today to reserve your apartment.


Designed in the Georgian Revival style by architect George Prinz, and commissioned by local banker and landowner Augustus F. Kountze, the Flatiron Building is constructed, featuring apartments and commercial space. The unique three-sided design, inspired by the Flatiron Building in New York City, takes advantage of the unusually shaped intersection of St. Mary’s Avenue and Howard Street.


The building is renovated for use as a hotel by local realtors Payne & Slater.


The hotel gains a reputation as a safe house for mobsters.


The building’s Howard Street entrance is added.


The Flatiron is converted to offices.


The building is added to the National Register of Historic Places.


The Flatiron Café opens in the first floor.


Construction begins on the Hotel Flatiron, renovating the interior to feature 30 luxury apartments on floors 2-4 and commercial space on the first floor.

See what the Hotel Flatiron looks like today!

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