Hotel Deco is one of downtown Omaha’s landmark buildings and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Hotel Deco’s rich heritage is exemplified by its inclusion among only two-hundred–five (225) properties in the United States honored by a membership in Historic Hotels of America in affiliation with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Hotel Deco is the only Historic Hotels of America property in Omaha and the state of Nebraska.
The Redick Tower
Omaha Architect Joseph G. McArthur designed the framework for the Hotel Deco building in 1930, which started as an office building called Redick Tower. With a design similar to Omaha Art Deco style contemporaries (e.g. Joslyn Art Museum, Union Station), the tower design was influenced by Bertram Goodhue’s design of the Nebraska State Capital Building. The tower was built in just one year and included an integrated interior parking space. McArthur viewed the “prestige of the motor car as the most popular means of transportation,” thereby envisioning a self-contained building accommodating five hundred (500) cars in a combined office and parking design.
From Redick Tower to Hotel Deco XV
For 50 years, Redick Tower was characterized as exhibiting a conscious attempt for innovation and artistic expression to compliment the machine age. In 1989, the building was converted to a full-service hotel and was eventually purchased by the present ownership in 2010, and named Hotel Deco. The entire building was upgraded and renovated to extraordinary Omaha Art Deco designs.
The caliber of the upgrades to Hotel Deco has benefited the commitment to providing luxurious and exquisite amenities, gracious service, and an extraordinary experience for its guests. Redick Tower’s impressive transformation into Hotel Deco has caught the attention of the Preferred Hotel Group which invited the luxury hotel to join its lifestyle collection.