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Ritchie Cemetery

Picture of property 00 SW 27th St.
Topeka (Shawnee County)
Listed in National Register Jan 4, 2023

Architect: None
Area of Significance: cemetery
Architectural Style(s): Other

Ritchie Cemetery is located at 27th St. and Boswell Ave. in Topeka. The cemetery’s importance is tied to the Black community in Topeka. The period of importance begins once the cemetery was given over to use by the Black community in c. 1885 and continues through its last burial in 1941. The cemetery is important as it is tied to the earliest history of the City of Topeka and its relationship with the African American community. It is a small resting place for numerous people of color that contributed to the history of Topeka and the surrounding area. Many of the individuals were members of the Exoduster movement, local businessmen, inventors, teachers, veterans, and more. The cemetery is named for John Ritchie, one of Topeka’s founding fathers who interweaves himself through the history of the Black community in Topeka.

Ritchie, John and Mary, House

Picture of property 1116 SE Madison
Topeka (Shawnee County)
Listed in National Register Dec 29, 2015

Architect: Unknown
Area of Significance: single dwelling
Architectural Style(s): Vernacular

The John and Mary Ritchie House is located at 1116 SE Madison Street in Topeka. The Ritchies moved to the Kansas Territory in 1855 and became involved in abolitionist activities and local temperance and women's rights organizations. This house was built on Ritchie's 120-acre preemption purchased in 1855 adjacent to the original Topeka town site. The house is an excellent early example of the mid-19th century vernacular house type known as a double-cell with two rooms of roughly equal size on each level that reflects trends of the National Folk style. It is constructed of limestone walls, with the front elevation distinguished by a full facade layer of brick applied over the limestone with decorative brick quoins at the corners. The Shawnee County Historical Society acquired the building in 1995 and began a multi-year plan to rehabilitate and interpret the property. The house was nominated for is association with the Ritchies and for its architecture.

Ross Row Houses

Picture of property 513, 515, 517 1/2, 519, 521 Van Buren St
Topeka (Shawnee County)
Listed in National Register Nov 5, 1998

Architect: Ross, William Wallace
Area of Significance: single dwelling
Architectural Style(s): Italianate

Sage Inn

Picture of property 13553 SW Highway K4
Dover (Shawnee County)
Listed in National Register Oct 8, 1976

Architect: Not listed
Area of Significance: hotel; single dwelling
Architectural Style(s): Gothic

Santa Fe Hospital

Picture of property 600 SE Madison
Topeka (Shawnee County)
Listed in National Register Oct 11, 2016

Architect: Carlander, Guy A.
Area of Significance: hospital
Architectural Style(s): Modern Movement

The Santa Fe Hospital Association, founded in 1884, built the existing hospital in 1930 to replace a former hospital at this location. The largest of the railroad's hospitals, the Topeka hospital not only provided patient care but also served as home to Santa Fe's Hospital Association, the railroad's chief surgeon, and the medical dispensary. The hospital signifies Santa Fe's commitment to the capital city and is a physical reflection of the shared history of Topeka and Santa Fe as the railroad and city grew. The building's period of significance spans from the building's construction in 1930 to 1966, reflecting the date of federal legislation creating Medicare and the hospital opening its doors to the public. Renamed Memorial Hospital in 1972 the hospital closed in 1989 after filing for bankruptcy; the last of Santa Fe's seven hospitals to do so.

Sargent, John, House

Picture of property 225 SW Clay St
Topeka (Shawnee County)
Listed in National Register Jul 28, 1995

Architect: Sargent, John
Area of Significance: single dwelling
Architectural Style(s): Late Gothic Revival

Security Benefit Association Hospital Building

Picture of property 5800 SW 6th, .5 mi. NW on private road
Topeka (Shawnee County)
Listed in National Register Nov 30, 2005

Architect: Schmidt, Richard E.; Garden and Martin
Area of Significance: hospital
Architectural Style(s): Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals

Sells Brothers Building

Picture of property 303-305 S Kansas Ave
Topeka (Shawnee County)
Listed in State Register Aug 26, 2006

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

Senate & Curtis Court Apartments Historic District

Picture of property 900-914 SW Tyler St.
Topeka (Shawnee County)
Listed in National Register Dec 29, 2015

Architect: Nelle Peters
Area of Significance: domestic; multiple dwelling
Architectural Style(s): Tudor Revival

Constructed from 1928 to and 1930, the Senate and Curtis Court Apartments illustrate the Tudor Revival style as applied to a multi-family residential building. Nelle Peters, a prominent female architect known for creating practical and efficient apartment buildings, designed the original complex of three buildings. Tudor Revival style elements include the brick veneer cladding with stucco and false half-timbering accents, steeply-pitched gables, crenellated parapets, grouped chimneys, and Tudor arched openings. The interior features heavily-textured plaster walls, ornate plaster and wood lobbies, and decorative arched openings. The Senate and Curtis Court Apartments Historic District was constructed during a great building boom in Topeka’s history when numerous one- to three-story apartment buildings gradually replaced the upper-class mansions that once filled the surrounding neighborhood. Each building has a distinct character and set of features, yet together, they form a unified District that illustrates the architectural trends in Topeka during this time. The period of significance is 1928 to 1930, the period of construction for both buildings.

Shannon Brown House

Picture of property 1321 Lakeside
Topeka (Shawnee County)
Listed in National Register May 19, 2022

Architect: Walter E. Glover
Area of Significance: domestic
Architectural Style(s): Colonial Revival

The Shannon Brown House is important for its association with the growth and development of Topeka’s affluent Westboro Neighborhood. The house, built in 1929 for Mr. and Mrs. Shannon Brown, was designed by Topeka architect Walter E. Glover located on Lakeside Drive in the Westboro neighborhood that was being developed by partners Tinkham Veale and M. Roy Linscott. Driven by the wide acceptance of the personal automobile and thriving economy of the 1920s, the Westboro neighborhood reflects the city’s growth and, specifically the move toward new residential neighborhoods outside of the city center. A sub-style of the Colonial Revival style of architecture, the Dutch Colonial Revival-style is characterized by its gambrel roof form and symmetrical facade with accentuated central entrance and multi-light windows. The Brown House is an excellent example of the style distinguished by its gambrel roof with flared eaves, full width shed dormers, and symmetrical front facade with multi-light windows flanking a finely detailed central entrance.

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