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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Ingraham, Jesse, House

Picture of property 1724 Fairchild Avenue
Manhattan (Riley County)
Listed in National Register 2014-01-08

Architect: Unknown
Category: domestic
Thematic Nomination: Late 19th Century Vernacular Stone Houses in Manhattan, KS

The Jesse Ingraham House was nominated to the National Register as part of the Late 19th Century Vernacular Stone Houses in Manhattan multiple property nomination for its local significance in the areas of community planning and development and architecture. Ingraham, a native of New York, moved to Kansas in 1856 shortly after the territory was opened for settlement. He took up residence on 160 acres along Wild Cat Creek northwest of Manhattan near Keats, where he and his family lived for ten years before moving closer to Manhattan. Ingraham's relocation and construction of this stone residence in 1867 coincides with the tremendous growth of Manhattan immediately after the Civil War and the initial development of Bluemont College northwest of the city. The house, an example of the gable-front-and-wing property type, was built in stages beginning in 1867 as a gable-front house with a later intersecting wing added in 1885. As early as 1871, Ingraham began transferred parts of his land to the college. What began as Ingraham's farm eventually became a thriving 20th century neighborhood - primarily serving the college - within just a few decades. The house is a good example of well-built vernacular stone building built in phases and is significant for its representation of the evolution of residential architecture in Manhattan.

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