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Lyndon Carnegie Library

Picture of property 127 East Sixth
Lyndon (Osage County)
Listed in National Register 1987-06-25

Architect: Not listed
Category: library
Thematic Nomination: Carnegie Libraries of Kansas

Melvern School

Picture of property 106 East Beck
Melvern (Osage County)
Listed in State Register 1986-08-23

Architect: Not listed
Category: school

Osage City Santa Fe Depot

Picture of property 508 Market
Osage City (Osage County)
Listed in National Register 1989-05-11

Architect: Not listed
Category: rail-related

Osage County Courthouse

Picture of property 717 Topeka Avenue
Lyndon (Osage County)
Listed in National Register 2007-04-18

Architect: Not listed
Category: correctional facility; courthouse
Thematic Nomination: Historic County Courthouses of Kansas

The dedication of the Osage County Courthouse on April 27, 1923 marked the end of a decades-long battle over the rightful seat of Osage County government. County-seat designation was critical to growing towns in the nineteenth century when county seats were centers of community life in an agriculture-based society. In 1875, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that Lyndon was the rightful county seat. However, rival cities continued to attempt to wrest control from Lyndon. In order to secure its place as county seat, Lyndon constructed a permanent county courthouse. Osage County hired Hutchinson-based architect William E. Hulse, who specialized in Classical Revival designs, to plan the new building in 1923. The courthouse is significant as a local example of an early twentieth century revival style.

Rapp School District No. 50

Picture of property US56 NW of Osage City, Osage City vicinity
Osage City (Osage County)
Listed in National Register 1995-07-28

Architect: Not listed
Category: school

Schuyler Grade School

Picture of property 117 S. Dacotah
Burlingame (Osage County)
Listed in National Register 2011-04-15

Architect: W. F. Schrage, Draftsman, J. F. Mehl, Contractor
Category: school
Thematic Nomination: Historic Public Schools of Kansas

Schuyler Grade School was constructed on the site of the former Osage County Courthouse and named in honor of one of Burlingame’s founders and most important community leaders – Philip Church Schuyler. He donated the lots upon which the first courthouse was erected. After the county seat was moved to Lyndon, the school district purchased the property to construct a school at that location. The two-story Romanesque-style brick building was built by J. F. Mehl in 1902, and the first classes were held in January 1903. The school was expanded with a rear addition in 1955. Two detached buildings were added in the 1970s. The building functioned as a school until 2001 when the Burlingame Historical Preservation Society organized and acquired the building. It was nominated as part of the “Historic Public Schools of Kansas” multiple property submission for its local significance in the areas of education and architecture.

Star Block

Picture of property 520-522 Market St
Osage City (Osage County)
Listed in National Register 2020-12-22

Architect: James McNames
Category: department store; professional; specialty store; domestic; hotel; theater; commerce; business

The Star Block is significant for its connection to and prominent role in the commercial history of Osage City. It opened as a centerpiece of commerce in the community and remained so for much of its history. It is one of the best remaining examples of the period when money from the coal boom of the late 1800s washed through Osage City and the surrounding area, fueling a surge in population and a rush to erect buildings with architecture to match the city’s newfound prosperity. Over its history, it has housed at least 80 businesses, and as many as 13 at a time in its early years, including both general and specialized stores, newspapers, medical clinics, restaurants, a vaudeville theater, and offices for many of the most important industries and prominent citizens. The building immediately became a major hub of commercial activity in Osage City when it opened in 1883 and serves as a significant example of the prosperity during the early coal mining boom.

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