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Cross, Colonel H. C. and Susan, House

Picture of property 526 Union Street
Emporia (Lyon County)
Listed in National Register Aug 4, 2011

Architect: Squires, Charles W.
Area of Significance: multiple dwelling; single dwelling; hospital
Architectural Style(s): Queen Anne

Civil War veteran and banker Harrison Cory (H. C.) Cross hired Emporia-based architect Charles W. Squires to design this high-style Queen Anne Free Classic residence. The house has an irregular hipped roof with lower cross gables, is clad with weatherboard and patterned shingles, a dominant round tower, classical porch columns, and a porte cochere. It was completed in 1894, just months before Cross' untimely death, which led to the public revelation of his massive debt and the subsequent collapse of the First National Bank that he had organized with four others. His son Charles was left to handle much of this financial burden, which pushed him to suicide in 1898. The residence remained with H.C.'s widow Susan until her death in 1902. The house transitioned through several different owners including Dr. William Meffert, who purchased the house in 1909 to use as a private sanitarium, the Phi Sigma Epsilon fraternity, which used the residence as their first fraternity house, and later Scott Mouse who operated a hotel in the house. Today, it is privately owned and is undergoing rehabilitation. The house was nominated for its social history and architectural significance.

Emporia Downtown Historic District

Picture of property Downtown Core - see nomination
Emporia (Lyon County)
Listed in National Register May 2, 2012

Architect: Multiple
Area of Significance: commercial district; domestic; school; government office; manufacturing facility; theater; religious facility; meeting hall; road-related; business
Architectural Style(s): Other

The Emporia Downtown Historic District includes 169 buildings spanning approximately 18 city blocks in the heart of Emporia's central business district. In addition to traditional commercial blocks, the district includes a number of stand-alone buildings including post office buildings, churches, schools, banks, and county government facilities. Together, they interpret the community's development over a period of nearly 150 years. Emporia was founded in 1857, and the downtown was already showing signs of permanency in the late 1860s, by which time two- and three-story masonry Italianate buildings had already been built. The downtown expanded outward from its historic center at 6th and Commercial, the location of the town's original building. Although some of the downtown buildings still represent their original appearance to a degree, most were modified over time. The district is nominated for its commercial history and its architecture.

Emporia Public Library (Old)

Picture of property 118 East Sixth
Emporia (Lyon County)
Listed in National Register Nov 2, 1981

Architect: VanBrunt and Howe
Area of Significance: library
Architectural Style(s): Tudor Revival

Finney, Warren Wesley, House

Picture of property 927 State Street
Emporia (Lyon County)
Listed in National Register May 7, 1992

Architect: Not listed
Area of Significance: single dwelling
Architectural Style(s): Shingle Style

Gilchrist, M.W., House

Picture of property 1101 South Avenue
Emporia (Lyon County)
Listed in State Register Nov 19, 2011

Architect: Holmes, J.H.
Area of Significance: domestic
Architectural Style(s): Vernacular

Marlin W. and Jane Gilchrist developed this property into a small suburban farmstead of 43-acres in 1876, and a residence, barn, and two wells were completed by the end of the summer. In partnership with his brothers William and John, M. W. Gilchrist owned and operated both the Metropolitan Stable and Gilchrist and Brothers Lumber Yard in Emporia. Gilchrist sold the house in 1883, and in subsequent years, the land was subdivided and developed. The property has been the home to several locally well-known Emporia figures through the years including Gilchrist, cattleman Sylvan Nation, and railroad businessman Roy Kramm and his wife Lura, an accomplished gardener. The Kramms were responsible for several modifications to the landscape in the 1930s including stone entrance piers, an outdoor stone fireplace and picnic tables, and a concrete fishpond. The two-story residence features a cross-gabled plan with Folk Victorian architectural influences. Metal siding was recently removed from the exterior of the house, and it is currently being rehabilitated. The property is nominated for its social history and architecture.

Granada Theater

Picture of property 809 Commercial
Emporia (Lyon County)
Listed in National Register Apr 4, 1985

Architect: Boller Brothers
Area of Significance: theater
Architectural Style(s): Mission/Spanish Colonial Revival

Harris-Borman House

Picture of property 827 Mechanic
Emporia (Lyon County)
Listed in National Register Apr 28, 1992

Architect: Not listed
Area of Significance: single dwelling
Architectural Style(s): Queen Anne

Harris Bridge

Picture of property 3 miles north and 4 miles west of Americus
Americus (Lyon County)
Listed in National Register Jul 2, 1985

Architect: Not listed
Area of Significance: road-related
Architectural Style(s): Bridge
Thematic Nomination: Masonry Arch Bridges of Kansas

Hartford Collegiate Institute

Picture of property
Hartford (Lyon County)
Listed in National Register Feb 23, 1972

Architect: Not listed
Area of Significance: school; church school
Architectural Style(s): Italianate

Hotel Broadview

Picture of property 110 W 6th Ave
Emporia (Lyon County)
Listed in State Register Nov 22, 2008

Architect: Siedhoff, George (builder)
Area of Significance: restaurant; specialty store; hotel; multiple dwelling
Architectural Style(s): Commercial

This seven-story Commercial-style structure was built in 1923 after a fire devastated the city's oldest and largest hotel in 1921. Eager to replace the old Hotel Whitely, community leaders quickly formed the Emporia Hotel Corporation, which sold shares of stock to Emporia citizens. The corporation contracted with Wichita developer George Siedhoff to construct the Broadview. Through the 1920s the hotel hosted many conventions, including the statewide Ku Klux Klan convention in 1924, which drew the ire of many influential locals including William Allen White. The building served as a hotel until 1964 when it was remodeled into a men's dormitory for the College of Emporia. It was again remodeled for senior housing in 1974. Current plans call for rehabilitating the property for continued use as senior housing. The property was listed for its association with local commercial history.

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