Nebraska's Centennial Mall
"When it's all done, it's going to be
beautiful, substantial, educational and
a source of pride for all Nebraskans."

Roger Larson, Wausa native and campaign leader
Historical drawing of Nebraska's State Capitol
historical rendering

Capitol architect Bertram Goodhue proposes a seven-block wide avenue to create a formal approach to the north side of the building.

City and State leaders designate a 120-foot wide right-of-way from the Capitol to the University and formed a joint commission to begin creating the Mall.

Centennial Mall is built to commemorate the state's centennial year and extends from the State Capitol seven blocks north to the University of Nebraska campus.

the Capital Environs Commission was established to preserve, protect and enhance the quality of the area around the Capitol.

The City and State commissioned a master plan which envisioned the Spirit of Nebraska Mall. The plan called for closing all seven blocks of the Mall and was estimated to cost $20 million. This redevelopment effort failed due to lack of funding.

The City of Lincoln makes $3 million of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and keno funds available for improvements to Nebraska's Centennial Mall. This is the first time money has been available for this purpose. The Nebraska Centennial Mall campaign committee begins organizing a fundraising effort.

The Capitol Environs Commission approves a $7.5 million master plan for Nebraska's Centennial Mall

The first $500,000 private donation is received by the campaign. The Nebraska Capitol Commission, which includes Gov. Dave Heinemann, and the Capitol Environs Commission approve a joint resolution to support the project.

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