Douglas County

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Douglas County is named for Stephen Arnold Douglas, who was an American statesman, United States Senator and presidential candidate.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Dodge County and Washington County

E – Pottawattamie County, Iowa

S – Sarpy County

W – Saunders County


Created:  November 23, 1854                Map of Nebraska highlighting Douglas County

County Seat:

Omaha  1855 – present


County Courthouse – Omaha  


Location:  1701 Farnam Street / 17th Street

Built:  1909 – 1912

Style:  French Renaissance Revival

Architect:  John Latenser Sr. of Omaha

Contractor:  Caldwell & Drake of Columbus, Indiana


Description:  The building faces north and is a six story Bedford steel, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Omaha. The building is set back from Farnam Street and on the south side there are six stories and on the north side there are five stories exposed. Framing members are steel and the walls are Bedford oolitic limestone above a granite base. The first and second stories are smoothly rusticated and engaged Corinthian columns encompass the third to fifth stories of the recessed wall support a full entablature whose architrave is inscribed with the building’s name. Between the fourth and fifth stories are panels enriched with full wreaths and with Greek fret, egg-and-dart, and talon moldings. The north front has a protruding east and west sections forming a “U” shape. The second story entrance has three large stone arches. The sixth floor is recessed with a long balustrade across the top of the fifth story. On the center of the roof is an octagonal shaped dome. In the interior, the rotunda has polychromatic terrazzo flooring which incorporates civic motifs; balconies, wainscoting, and piers which are sheathed with marble. Covering the rotunda is a double skylight. The dome is also adorned with eight mural panels that depict the development of the West. These scenes were painted by William Rau of New York City and are executed in oil on canvas. The courtrooms are located on the fifth story. The jail used to be housed on the sixth story. The building houses the District Court and County Juvenile Court of the 4th Judicial District. The building is named as the Hall of Justice. 


See:  The architect, John Latenser, Sr. of Omaha   and John Latenser of Omaha, designed courthouses in Cherry County, Custer County, Dawes CountyFurnas County and Holt County.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Douglas County Courthouse


Omaha-Douglas County Civic Center – Omaha  




Location:  1819 Farnam Street / 18th Street

Built:  1972 – 1974

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Leo A Day

Contractor:  Hawkins Construction Company


Description:  The building faces east and is a twelve story steel, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Omaha on the west side of the courthouse. The rectangular shaped building has horizontal windows. The roof line is flat. On the east side is a two story wing with glass walls and green colored roof. The building houses the county and City of Omaha administrative offices and the Civil Courts. The Civil Court courtrooms 20 to 24 are located along the main level on the north side of the entrance section. The building houses the County Court of the 4th Judicial District.




County Courthouse – Omaha



















Omaha – Dpuglas County Civic Center – Omaha










Photos taken 2008