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Abilene City Park Historic District

Picture of property 4th Street at Poplar Street and Pine Street
Abilene (Dickinson County)
Listed in National Register Jun 6, 2002

Architect: Murray & Clayton
Area of Significance: recreational district
Architectural Style(s): Other
Thematic Nomination: New Deal-era Resources of Kansas

Abilene Downtown Historic District

Picture of property Roughly bounded by NE 4th, W 1st, S Walnut, and N Olive Streets
Abilene (Dickinson County)
Listed in National Register Sep 1, 2009

Architect: Underwood, Gilbert Stanley,Cayton & Murray
Area of Significance: government office; rail-related; commerce
Architectural Style(s): Other; Late Victorian; Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals

As county seat and, with the arrival of the railroad, as the rail head for the Chisholm Trail, Abilene grew to become a major railroad agricultural market center in Dickinson County and in Kansas. The physical and architectural development of the downtown commercial center reflects the importance of the railroad in the community’s commercial history. The arrangement of the railroad grade dictated the location and arrangement of industrial buildings, commercial businesses, and institutional buildings. At the turn of the twentieth century Abilene embraced the City Beautiful Movement with the construction of several Classical Revival-style government and institutional buildings including the city hall, auditorium, post office, and the Carnegie Library. The vast majority of the extant buildings in the district served retail sales and commercial service functions, many of which had mixed uses and included ground floor sales and service spaces with storefronts and second-story spaces to accommodate meeting halls, offices for professional services, and residential apartments. The downtown historic district is nominated for its associations with the growth and development of Abilene as a county seat and railroad market center and its representation of popular architectural styles.

Abilene Historic District #1

Picture of property 301, 303, 305, 307, 309 N. Buckeye
Abilene (Dickinson County)
Listed in National Register Jan 11, 2006

Architect: Not listed
Area of Significance: single dwelling; commerce
Architectural Style(s): Italianate; Late Victorian

Abilene Union Pacific Railroad Freight Depot

Picture of property 110 North Cedar Street
Abilene (Dickinson County)
Listed in National Register Sep 2, 1993

Architect: Gilbert Stanley Underwood
Area of Significance: rail-related
Architectural Style(s): Mission/Spanish Revival

Abilene Union Pacific Railroad Passenger Depot

Picture of property Jct. Of N. Second St. and Broadway
Abilene (Dickinson County)
Listed in National Register Sep 8, 1992

Architect: Gilbert Stanley Underwood
Area of Significance: rail-related
Architectural Style(s): Mission/Spanish Revival; Other

ATSF Steam Locomotive #3415

Picture of property 411 S Elm Street
Abilene (Dickinson County)
Listed in National Register Apr 16, 2012

Architect: Baldwin Locomotive Works (Eddystone, PA)
Area of Significance: museum; outdoor recreation; rail-related
Architectural Style(s): Other

The ATSF Steam Locomotive #3415 is a Class 3400 Pacific-type 4-6-2 passenger engine built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1919. The 4-6-2 designation refers to the engine's wheel arrangement - the first number notes the number of leading wheels, the second number notes the number of driver wheels, and the third number notes the number of trailing wheels. This engine originally burned coal, but was converted to oil burning in the 1930s. It was operated by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad for 34 years and was donated to the City of Abilene in 1955. It sat in Eisenhower Park until 1996 when it was removed from the park for restoration. The locomotive is now situated on an abandoned segment of the Rock Island Railroad track that is used by the Abilene-Smoky Valley Railroad, a not-for-profit organization that operates a railroad museum and excursion train. When not in use, the locomotive is stored in the engine house at 411 South Elm Street in Abilene. It is one of only three 4-6-2 3400 class Pacific-type steam locomotives remaining in Kansas, and the only member of the class that is operational.

Berger House

Picture of property 208 NE 12th St.
Abilene (Dickinson County)
Listed in National Register Jun 27, 2007

Architect: Not listed
Area of Significance: secondary structure; single dwelling
Architectural Style(s): Modern Movement
Thematic Nomination: Lustron Houses of Kansas

The Berger House is nominated for its architectural significance as one of fewer than 100 extant Lustron houses in Kansas. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, architectural pundits heralded the prefabricated house - particularly the metal house - as the wave of the future. The most famous producer of the prefabricated metal home of the postwar era was the Lustron Corporation, which manufactured an all-steel house that it boasted could be sold for $7,000. The Berger House (c. 1949), is the Westchester Deluxe two-bedroom model with its "Maize Yellow" exterior and "Dove Gray' roof tiles, and its two bedrooms. There were eight Lustron dealers in Kansas - including Smith Implements in Abilene. The Berger House was the first of two Lustron houses to be built in Abilene.

Birchmore, John W., House

Picture of property 1204 N. Buckeye Avenue
Abilene (Dickinson County)
Listed in National Register Apr 7, 2014

Architect: Unknown
Area of Significance: domestic
Architectural Style(s): Second Empire

Episcopal priest John W. Birchmore purchased a four-acre tract in 1878 and contracted to build this Second Empire-style residence. Examples of the Second Empire style can be found in many Kansas communities, often on residences built in the 1870s and early 1880s. A hallmark of the style is the mansard roof, a double-pitched roof with a steep lower slope. This residence features a mansard roof with pedimented windows, another common characteristic of the style. While it also is common to see Second Empire residences with a tower, this element is usually centered prominently on the front elevation. The Birchmore House has a tower, but it is located on a secondary elevation and has a cone-shaped roof rather than the more typical mansard roof. Birchmore served St. John's Episcopal Church in Abilene for a short period, and the residence was sold several times in subsequent decades. Much of the surrounding acreage was sold off in the early- and mid-20th century for development. It was nominated for its local significance in the area of architecture.

Brewer Scout Cabin

Picture of property Solomon City Park, 100 East 4th Street
Solomon (Dickinson County)
Listed in National Register Jul 18, 2000

Architect: unknown
Area of Significance: clubhouse
Architectural Style(s): Other

Chapman Creek Pratt Truss Bridge

Picture of property Quail Rd., 1.7 mi. S of int. with KS 18, 2.5 mi. N of Chapman
Chapman vicinity (Dickinson County)
Listed in National Register May 9, 2003

Architect: Canton Bridge Company, Canton, Ohio
Area of Significance: road-related
Architectural Style(s): Bridge
Thematic Nomination: Metal Truss Bridges in Kansas

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