The G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture is on the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus at 2010 University Dr. Originally the home of wealthy businessman and architect George Washington Frank and his wife, Phoebe, the Richardsonian Romanesque Shingle mansion built of red Colorado sandstone once was the region’s finest and most modern home. After the collapse of Kearney’s industrial boom, which bankrupted the Franks, it served as living quarters for the nursing staff of Nebraska State Hospital for the Tuberculous from 1911-1971.
Today, the museum interprets the history and culture of Kearney through the story of the house and its many residents. A stained-glass window and hand-carved oak details alone make this grand old house worth a visit.