George F. Shepard House
1802 Wirt Street
Builder: George F. Shepard
Queen Anne/Beaux Arts Style
Designated Omaha Landmark: July 14, 1981
The Shepard House represents a unique transitional period in Midwestern residential architecture when decoratively rich Queen Anne compositions were highlighted by exuberant Beaux Arts details.
Designed by stone mason and artist George F. Shepard, the house reflects the influence of the Classical architecture of the nearby 1898 Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition.
Shepard exhibited definite artistic talent, with oil paintings that revealed a knowledge of European art and the Classical tradition.
One of his works is owned by the Nebraska Art Collection housed in Kearney, Nebraska. A marble cutter for many years, Shepard added his stone cutter’s skill to personalize his property, carving his name into the front steps into the yard.