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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Strasser House

Picture of property 326 Laramie Street
Manhattan (Riley County)
Listed in National Register Jul 6, 2010

Architect: unknown
Category: vacant/not in use; multiple dwelling; single dwelling
Thematic Nomination: Late 19th Century Vernacular Stone Houses in Manhattan, KS

As is typical of mid-19th century vernacular stone houses in Manhattan, the Strasser house was built in phases with the addition of a wing situated perpendicular to a pre-existing gable-front building. It was originally constructed in 1874 as a two-story gable-front limestone house for Phillipena J. Strasser, a German immigrant and widow. She sold the house in 1876 when she married Isom Tull and moved to his Zeandale farm. A subsequent owner added a two-story intersecting wing to the east side of the house in about 1885. In addition to its high level of masonry craftsmanship and vernacular architectural significance, it has important associations with the development patterns of Manhattan. In particular, it documents the development of the area north of downtown in the early 1870s as a residential area. The property was nominated as part of the "Nineteenth Century Vernacular Stone Houses of Manhattan" multiple property listing.

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