Nebraska’s Centennial Mall History

1922
Capitol architect Bertram Goodhue proposes a seven-block wide avenue to create a formal approach to the north side of the building.

1937
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.

1967
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.

1987
the Capital Environs Commission was established to preserve, protect and enhance the quality of the area around the Capitol.

1997
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.

2009
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.

2010
The Capitol Environs Commission approves a $7.5 million master plan for Nebraska’s Centennial Mall

2011
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.

Keep updated on Nebraska’s Centennial Mall!

Centennial Mall renovation to include features honoring Plains tribes
Lincoln Journal Star
August 10, 2013

Construction Catalyst
L Magazine
May 22, 2013

Editorial, 4/27: A mall gift to remember
Lincoln Journal Star
April 27, 2013

$2 million gift allows Centennial Mall renovation to move ahead
Lincoln Journal Star
April 19, 2013

Centennial Mall campaign reaches $9.6 million goal
World-Herald Editorial
April 20, 2013

Ag needs to step up for Centennial Mall
Nebraska Farmer (pdf)
April, 2013

Set ag’s footprint in the mall
Nebraska Farmer (pdf)
April, 2013

World-Herald editorial:
State pride to be on display again
World-Herald Editorial
March 23, 2013

Centennial Mall restoration will celebrate Nebraska
Daily Nebraskan
March 6, 2013

Editorial, 3/5: New reasons to help with mall
Lincoln Journal Star Editorial
March 5, 2013

Centennial Mall in Lincoln will feature Wi-Fi, interactive history system
World-Herald Editorial
March 1, 2013

Nebraska’s Centennial Mall will get high-tech by 2017
Lincoln Journal Star
March 1, 2013

Centennial Restoration
World-Herald Editorial
June 16, 2012

Nebraska’s Centennial Mall campaign offers
Spirit of Nebraska Pathway Program
Neighborhood Extra
April 18, 2012

Centennial Mall gets a face lift
KLKN
March 1, 2012

Centennial Mall Renovations
1011Now.com
March 1, 2012

Centennial Mall campaign begins public fundraising
Lincoln Journal Star
March 1, 2012

State should do its part
Lincoln Journal Star Editorial
February 23, 2012

Revitalizing the Centennial Mall
Lexington Clipper-Herald
February 22, 2012

A More Modern Mall
North Platte Telegragh
February 16, 2012

Revitalizing Nebraska’s Centennial Mall
KNOP-TV News2
February 15, 2012

Drive to renovate Centennial Mall enters final stageOmaha World Herald
December 31, 2011

Centennial Mall renovation plans moving along
Lincoln Journal Star
December 22, 2011

Two Capitol commissions support mall
renovation and design
Lincoln Journal Star
November 3, 2011

Windstream Settlement Helps Centennial Mall, Makes Company a Preferred Provider
Lincoln Journal Star
October 19, 2011

Centennial Mall is a worthy cause for the whole state
Lincoln Journal Star Editorial,
October 1, 2011

Reclaiming Centennial Mall – Mary Arth of Lincoln Parks Foundation is leading the effor to renovate Centennial Mall
“L” Magazine, July, 2011

Centennial Mall needs renovation
Lincoln Journal Star Editorial,
December 29, 2010

Centennial Mall master plan unveiled
Lincoln Journal Star, December 17, 2010

Lincoln Student Raises $1,000 for Nebraska’s Centennial Mall
May 10, 2010

Photo of Centennial Mall in the Winter
USA Today, Feb. 18, 2010

Around the Rotunda
Lincoln Journal Star, Feb. 5, 2010

Centennial Mall to be renovated for safety
Daily Nebraskan, Nov. 10, 2009

Renovations will make Centennial Mall safer, more beautiful developers say
10/11 News, Nov. 10, 2009

Crowd takes in plans for Centennial Mall project
Lincoln Journal Star, Nov. 10, 2009

Don’t miss this chance on mall
Lincoln Journal Star, Nov. 8, 2009

Who will put Centennial Mall back together again?
Lincoln Journal Star, Nov. 8, 2009

A KLIN Perspective By Roger Larson
“We can make it happen” (download Word document)