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Miami County Mercantile Company

Picture of property 121 S Pearl St
Paola (Miami County)
Listed in National Register Apr 2, 2021

Architect: Schwartz, William
Area of Significance: department store; communications facility; commerce; business
Architectural Style(s): Commercial Style; Late 19th and Early 20th Century American Movements

The building located at 121 S. Pearl Street in Paola, KS, was erected in the Summer of 1904 by The Miami County Mercantile Company. When it opened to the public in October 1904, the household furnishings store was described as equal to any in Topeka and surpassing town expectations. Dr. P.S. Ayers also moved his medical practice to the building when the Mercantile opened. The building continued to house important and influential businesses throughout the mid-twentieth century. In 1956, Drew McLaughlin, Jr. purchased the property for the Miami County Publishing Company. The building was renovated at that point to the latest fashion and styles. The storefront and some finishes on the first floor were changed but still reflect the Commercial Style. Local newspapers were printed for County residents. Both William Schwartz and Drew McLaughlin, Jr., were significant residents of Paola and Miami County. Their businesses were a staple for the growth, expansion, and continued documentation of the area seen through their success.



Mills, William, House

Picture of property 212 First Street
Osawatomie (Miami County)
Listed in National Register Nov 20, 1986

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



New Lancaster General Store

Picture of property 36688 New Lancaster Road
New Lancaster (Miami County)
Listed in National Register Oct 9, 2013

Architect: Unknown
Area of Significance: commerce
Architectural Style(s): Other

The New Lancaster General Store was built in 1903 by members of the New Lancaster Grange Number 223, and it served as the commercial and social gathering place for this part of rural Miami County through much of the 20th century. The members of the Grange pooled their money to buy shares in the building and continued to operate it as a rural cooperative agrarian venture until it was sold in 1928. The business became the Smith Brothers General Merchandise operated by H. T. and Frank Smith, and although their partnership dissolved in 1937, Frank retained ownership until he retired in 1968. The vernacular false-front commercial building, which is typical of small-town Kansas at the turn of the 20th century, is made of wood and features its original storefront. It was nominated for its local significance in the areas of commerce and architecture.



New Lancaster Grange Hall No. 223

Picture of property 12655 W 367th Street
New Lancaster (Miami County)
Listed in National Register Oct 9, 2013

Architect: Unknown
Area of Significance: meeting hall
Architectural Style(s): Vernacular

The New Lancaster Grange Hall was built in 1885 to serve as a house of worship for the Beulah Baptist Church. Religious services were held there until 1901 when the New Lancaster Grange Number 223 purchased the property, and the building served as their meeting space until 2005 when the declining membership forced the closure and sale of the property. Local farmers organized the local Grange in 1873 as many similar groups formed throughout Kansas. It was a part of the National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, which formed in 1867 as a fraternal organization of rural people - men and women - who worked to create a social and economic network for farm families and to share information. The New Lancaster Grange operated a cooperative general store out of a nearby commercial building from 1903 to 1928. The Grange hall was nominated for its local significance in the area of social history.



Osawatomie Congregational Church

Picture of property 315 Sixth Street
Osawatomie (Miami County)
Listed in National Register Jan 29, 2013

Architect: undetermined
Area of Significance: religious facility
Architectural Style(s): Gothic Revival; Greek Revival

The Congregational Church in Osawatomie was built between 1858 and 1861 during a period of political and social unrest related to questions over slavery. Osawatomie was settled in 1854 by several abolitionist families from Ohio and New York who came to Kansas Territory in an effort to keep the prospective new state free from slavery. Early resident Reverend Samuel L. Adair first visited the community in 1854 under the auspices of the American Missionary Association and returned with his family in 1855. Efforts to organize the church began in April of 1856 but stalled as conflicts over slavery escalated. Adair was married to Florella Brown, half-sister of famed abolitionist John Brown, and Osawatomie soon became Brown's temporary home while in Kansas. After the bloody and tense year of 1856 during which five men died defending the town from pro-slavery attackers, the Congregational Church reorganized and began raising funds to build their church in 1857. The building was dedicated on July 14, 1861, and Reverend Adair led the congregation until 1893. The congregation dwindled after Adair's death in 1898 and services ended in 1910. Today, the City of Osawatomie owns the building, which is serves as an All-Faiths chapel and historic site. The one-room stone building is nominated for its local significance in the areas of early settlement and architecture.



Paola City Hall

Picture of property 19 E. Peoria Street
Paola (Miami County)
Listed in State Register Aug 16, 2008

Architect: Washburn, George P.
Area of Significance: city hall
Architectural Style(s): Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals

Completed in 1921, the Paola City Hall was designed by Ottawa-based architect George Washburn late in his career. Unlike Washburn's many Romanesque-style courthouses, this building reflects a more subdued early 20th-century Classical Revival style. Defining features include a brick façade with subtle quoining at the corners, stone accents at the doors and windows, and an octagonal cupola supported by Classical columns. This building was designed to house the city's governmental offices, police headquarters, and the city's fire trucks - all of which still operate out of the building. The property is nominated for its association with local government history and its architecture.



Paola Free Library

Picture of property 101 East Peoria Street
Paola (Miami County)
Listed in State Register Aug 16, 2008

Architect: Washburn, George P.
Area of Significance: library
Architectural Style(s): Romanesque

The Paola Free Library was designed by Ottawa-based architect George Washburn and completed in 1906. The Richardsonian Romanesque style masonry building is situated on a prominent corner lot across the street from Paola City Hall. The primary entrance is accentuated by a massive round-arch opening with Corinthian columns. Other defining features include a rounded tower with a conical roof, quoining at the building's corners, and original wood windows. The building is nominated for its architectural significance.



Pottawatomie Creek Bridge

Picture of property .5 miles south of Osawatomie on FAS 1604
Osawatomie (Miami County)
Listed in National Register Mar 10, 1983

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



Soldiers' Monument

Picture of property NE Corner Main Street and 9th Street
Osawatomie (Miami County)
Listed in National Register Sep 17, 2012

Architect: Hanway Brothers
Area of Significance: graves/burials; monument/marker
Architectural Style(s): Other

The Soldiers' Monument was erected in 1877 just two blocks from the site of the second Battle of Osawatomie where five men died defending the town from attacking pro-slavery forces on August 30, 1856. The monument was erected 21 years after the battle and nearly 18 years after the execution of abolitionist and defender of Osawatomie John Brown. Brown and five other battle participants - Theron Parker Powers, David R. Garrison, George W. Partridge, Charley Keiser, and Frederick Brown - are recognized on the monument. Efforts to commemorate their sacrifice began with the formation of the Osawatomie Monumental Association in 1859 and the re-interral of the bodies of four of the men to this site in 1860. The association reorganized in 1872, and eventually an 11-foot shaft of Vermont marble was purchased for $275 from the Hanway Brothers of Lane, Kansas, sons of Judge James Hanway, association member and friend of John Brown. A crowd of several thousand gathered for the dedication of the monument and heard from speakers former Kansas Governor Charles Robinson and Senator John J. Ingalls. Subsequent battle anniversaries included large crowds and speakers such as Vice President Charles Fairbanks in 1906 and Kansas Governor Arthur Capper in 1916. The monument is nominated for its commemorative significance.



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