Midwest Living Review
Enjoy local history? Take a closer look at Kearney's history with a self-guided tour of the Frank House on the campus of the University of Nebraska Kearney. In the late 1800s, the Frank family moved to Kearney and built this luxurious two-story home. Wander the first floor and check out the ornate fireplaces, 12-foot ceilings and many of the original family's belongings. Overlooking the stairs is the crowning jewel of the Frank House -- a towering 10-foot-tall Tiffany stained-glass window. The Frank House was built in 1889 in the by George Washington Frank's son, George William Frank. The Richardsonian-style house remained in the family until 1905, when it was sold to two doctors then the state of Nebraska. For a time, it served as the living quarters for staff of the tuberculosis hospital next door. In 1971, it was set aside as a museum and restoration began. The first floor offers the most interest, with a chance to see the house as it originally was. The second floor is still being renovated, little by little, but there are some items on display (a harp, some furniture, etc.) that make the walk upstairs worthwhile.The entire place can be enjoyed in 15 minutes, or plan a half hour if you like to really "soak it all in," ask questions, etc.Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. The Frank House is open to visitors 25 p.m. Monday through Friday and 15 p.m. Saturdays. The museum is closed when students are on break and on holiday.