NRHP: Brownbilt Residential Historic District

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Brownbilt Residential Historic District

NRHP Reference #: 12000565

NRHP Listing Date: 20120829


bounded by A and D Streets, S 37th to S 40th Streets, Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska

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Brownbilt Residential Historic District in central Lincoln is a 47-acre neighborhood platted in several subdivisions between 1925 and 1946. The District's significance derives from its very strong concentration of residences financed by the newly created Federal Housing Administration (FHA). FHA was the New Deal's response to a near-cessation of housing construction during the Great Depression. Of note was FHA's explicit support of racial segregation in its lending policies, resulting in Brownbilt District's racially restrictive covenants. Brownbilt District is also locally significant as an exemplary collection of smaller residences of the 1930s and '40s, with a large majority constructed by a single contractor, Howard A. Brown.

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