Monday, December 8, 2014

The Historic Ferguson House in Lincoln, Nebraska

Located just across the street from the Nebraska State Capitol Building, the Ferguson House was built between 1909 and 1911. William Henry Ferguson came to Nebraska from Illinois in 1879 by covered wagon. He helped introduce winter wheat and alfalfa to Nebraska. He owned grain elevators and farms, a creamery, a brick company, and an amusement park (Capital Beach). At a time when an average two-story, three bedroom house cost $3,000-$4,000, the Fergusons' mansion cost about $38,000. It would be the family home until Mrs. Ferguson passed away at the age of 103. Today, the home is a working office for the Nebraska Environmental Trust. I visited this past Sunday for a Christmas Open House and was totally entranced by the grandeur that is still evident in every room. Here are a few photographs.
Welcome to the Fergusons!
The stairs that lead up from the foyer just inside that lovely front door.
Stained and leaded glass windows frame the fireplace in the large formal living room.
Mahogany in the formal dining room.
One of two Mission (or Craftsman?) style bedrooms
Architectural details fascinate me.
This is in the master bedroom.

Up and Up and Up to the third floor ball room.
What secrets might have been shared between couples
having a little tete-a-tete in those cozy little niches?

My mother was a maid, so I'm always
interested in the servants' areas of
a grand home. This is the servants'
staircase. Two maids had rooms up on the
third floor. A docent said that the butler
had quarters over the carriage house.
I didn't get a photo of the carriage house,
but it's still there--and beautiful.
And the inner front door. Look at that "bent" wood framing the
glass panels. So graceful.

The north side of the house. The door opens into the formal parlor.

Next door to the Ferguson House is the Kennard House, an Italianate style mansion built in 1869 for the first Secretary of State in Nebraska. Photos forthcoming! 


  1. LOVE this house, and I am so glad that you got to see it at Christmas. I really enjoyed researching the family last year. Did you know that Mr. Ferguson invested a little bit of money in the Panama Canal. In fact, he and his wife went down there to view the progress. I have seen pictures. :-)

    1. I didn't know anything about the Fergusons beyond what was printed in the pamphlet they gave out at the open house. Panama Canal?! That's truly fascinating. He was obviously quite a forward-thinking businessman.

  2. I like those pictures of an historic home. I especially like the bentwood window frame at the front door. Thanks for your post. sm wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com