Boscobel (Nebraska City, Nebraska)

Boscobel is a historic two-story house in Nebraska City, Nebraska. It was built in 1879 for Rollin M. Rolfe, a grocer, banker and co-founder of the Midland Pacific Railway who served on Nebraska City's city council as a Republican in 1873.[2] The house was designed in the Italianate style, with "paneled and bracketed cornice" and "stone quoins."[2] Rolfe moved out of the house in 1886.[2] It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since June 17, 1976.[1]

Boscobel (Nebraska City) from E 1.JPG
The house in 2013
Boscobel (Nebraska City, Nebraska) is located in Nebraska
Boscobel (Nebraska City, Nebraska)
Nearest cityNebraska City, Nebraska
Coordinates40°40′59″N 95°52′36″W / 40.68306°N 95.87667°W / 40.68306; -95.87667 (Boscobel)Coordinates: 40°40′59″N 95°52′36″W / 40.68306°N 95.87667°W / 40.68306; -95.87667 (Boscobel)
Arealess than one acre
Architectural styleItalianate
NRHP reference No.76001133[1]
Added to NRHPJune 17, 1976

It was deemed a "fine example" of Italianate style in Nebraska, though like other surviving examples it is modest in its implementation of the style, forgoing extra flourishes.[2]

The name "Boscobel", as applied apparently first to the 1632-built Boscobel House in England, associated with the escape of King Charles II after being defeated by Cromwell at the Battle of Worcester, was believed to derive from the Italian phrase bosco bello meaning "in the midst of fair woods".

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. November 2, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d Janet Jeffries; D. Murphy. "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Boscobel". National Park Service. Retrieved May 25, 2019. With accompanying pictures