Out of the Museum

Looking for Gladding, McBean tile examples
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Where: Beermann Plaza at 640 5th St.

When: Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Free: Donations always accepted


This week, we don’t have a question for you to solve.

We do ask that anyone lucky enough to have a Gladding, McBean tile send us a picture so other residents can see the beauty in these artworks. Send photos to

Last week’s photo of the wooden building shows that history can be a mystery. Lincoln Area Archive Museum docents have two stories about the building. Either one could be true!

The wooden building, snuggled up to the IOOF Building (today’s Beermann’s building), needed to be relocated when the IOOF building doubled in size.

After 1900, the building served as an office building with an insurance and real estate office. Information found in Lincoln historian Jerry Logan’s writings indicate a Mrs. Fuller was involved with the moving of the building as it was her property and the building was moved to the east side of town. 

Or, according to additional research, Mrs. Fuller possibly sold it to Mr. Beermann, who was planning to retire. Mr. Beermann had a new home on F Street and wanted a small building to house his tools from his harness shop and a place to tinker in his retirement.

At this time, according to Lincoln Area Archive Museum docents, there isn’t significant evidence as to which information is correct and the story is only partially documented.

We do know that the small building was moved. Dimensions of Los Gallos Taqueria, a popular downtown Mexican restaurant today located at 520 F St. (a stone’s throw away from the IOOF Building), correspond with the wooden building that once was next to the IOOF Building.  Whichever story is actually true, the retired Mr. Beermann enjoyed the small building.

  Besides seeing photos of our city’s buildings, many still here; and artistic tiles, check out the hundreds of other items at the Lincoln Area Archives Museum from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

­- Carol Feineman