The little brick house that stood its ground for decades — even as a mammoth midtown Omaha hospital grew up around it — now is in its waning days.
So oddly situated was 515 N. 28th Ave. that Warren Weiner used to joke to friends about his address.
“You know Creighton University hospital? The house in the parking lot? Yeah, that’s mine.”
It was not always that way. Here’s the history:
Warren said his dad, Louis, built the house in 1953 for his mom, Cheri, and their three children. The Interstate system came through and took part of their neighborhood. He recalled that little by little, hospital growth gobbled up the rest of the homes around theirs. “Pretty soon there was one.”
Warren, in a phone interview, said he and his siblings moved out in the 1970s. His dad died in 1986. His mom had no interest in relocating, and her house remained like an island on a parking lot between the hospital and Interstate 480 to the east.
World-Herald stories in 1990 chronicled the widow’s battle with a cable company that refused to run a line to her house unless she forked over a special $2,000 fee. She wanted cable because the hospital blocked over-the-air signals from TV stations, but her property was far from the nearest residential neighborhood where a cable line ran. (She won, ultimately.)
NuStyle Development’s Todd Heistand entered the picture recently as the hospital building’s new owner. Based on stories he’d heard, he was expecting resistance to an offer to buy the house. But Warren suggested a $25,000 price, and Heistand pounced.
Heistand took possession last year and said the house soon will be demolished, clearing the parking lot for outdoor features that are part of a $108 million remake of the hospital into a mixed-use apartment complex.
Although some belongings remain inside, Cheri Weiner hadn’t lived at the 872-square-foot house for a couple of years. Warren said his mom, 92, resides at a nursing home.
“It was time to sell it,” he said of the house. He giggled a bit, though, at its history. “It was kind of landmark.”