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A Great Re-introduction to the City

Living in New York City for five years was exciting for architect Daniel Siedhoff and his family, but Lincoln’s hometown feel and the growth in the architectural landscape was enough to bring these young professionals back home. Siedhoff and his wife, Ashley, moved their family back to Lincoln in 2012. The growth in architecture here along with the desire to raise their children in Lincoln lured the Nebraska natives back. He attributes the architectural growth to a new vision from city leaders and a major shift toward embracing new ideas.

The Siedhoff's arrived in Lincoln during the time the city was rebranding itself, and part of that rebranding fit right into the architect’s wheelhouse. As an architect with Lincoln’s DLR Group, Siedhoff took the lead in the project that resulted in the design of a perfect replica of the Nebraska Capitol building using one of America's favorite toys, Lincoln Logs.

A team of architects from DLR Group, the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and architecture students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln used the old-fashioned children’s toy to break two Guinness World Records. The replica of the Capitol set records for the most Lincoln Logs pieces (10,600) as well as the tallest Lincoln Logs structure (12 feet, 4 inches). The creation of the structure in 2013 also brought the largest number of people to an event at the Lincoln Children’s Museum, which displayed the exhibit for five months. “For me it was a great opportunity, being a recent transplant back to Nebraska,” Siedhoff said. “I made life-long friends and it was a wonderful introduction back to the city.”

Lincoln is named a “Playful City” for the

second year in a row! Playful City USA

is a national recognition program

sponsored by Humana Foundation

in partnership with KaBOOM! The

program honors communities that

are taking bold steps to ensure

that all children have easy

access to balanced and active

play in their communities.

—• KaBOOM! (2014 & 2015)

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