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U.S. Post Office and Courthouse
(Old City Hall)

In 1874 construction began on Lincoln's first U.S. Post Office and Courthouse on
a block originally intended as a market square. The building was completed by 1879 at a
cost of about. $200,000. Alfred B. Mullet, supervising architect of the U.S. Treasury and
his successor, William Appleton Potter, prepared the design. The building is of brick,
faced with Nebraska limestone, and blends Gothic Revival and French Second Empire

In 1906, when a new post office and courthouse was completed on the northeast
corner of this block, the federal government sold the old building to the city for $50,000.
It served as Lincoln's city hall until 1969, when a new county-city building was
occupied. Deed provisions required Old City Hall to remain in municipal use or it would
revert to federal ownership.

In 1969 Old City Hall was one of the first Lincoln buildings listed in the National
Register of Historic Places. The Lincoln/Lancaster County Historical Society advocated
its preservation, and federal, city, and community support accomplished its renovation.
It continues to house city and community agencies.


Lincoln-Lancaster County Historical Society
Nebraska State Historical Society
NW corner of 10th and "O" Sts.,
Lincoln, Nebraska
Marker 441


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