3902 Davenport Street
Omaha, NE 68131
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Site InformationAffiliated as a "Landmark Site" since 1996.
The landscape at Lynhurst, as it was named by George and Sarah Joslyn, was created in a combination of the Picturesque and Gardenesque styles by Charles G. Carpenter, who had worked on the Omaha Parks and Boulevard system under H.W.S. Cleveland. Work on the gardens, orchard, ponds, and pool was well underway by 1897. The jewel of the estate was a palm house furnished with exotics through the assistance of John Thorpe, Chief of Floriculture at Chicago's 1894 Columbian Exposition. Destroyed in 1913 by the Easter Sunday Tornado, the Joslyns contented themselves by rebuilding only their conservatory, the 1913 plan for which was drawn by Jens Jensen. Peonies, shrubs and numerous trees from the time of the Joslyn's remain, including two Nebraska State Champions, the gingko and English oak.