William Allen White House, Mother's House, 923 North Exchange Street, Emporia, Lyon County, KS
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923 North Exchange Street, Emporia, KS
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS KS-81-B
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N848).
Building/structure dates: 1904 initial construction
National Register Number: 71000318
Significance: This was the home of Mary Ann Hatten White, the mother of William Allen White, from ca. 1904 until her death in 1924. Her son was nationally known and revered as the editor of the Emporia Gazette, a frequent contributor to popular journals such as McClure's, Harper's Weekly, and Saturday Evening Post and an influential political advisor. Mary Ann Hatten White's house forms part of the William Allen White House site which also included the main house (Red Rocks) and a garage on four adjoining town lots unified by a terraced garden. The Mother's House is of the foursquare type, which was very common throughout the Middle West in the first two decades of the twentieth century, but its exterior is made more elaborate by the use of polychrome brick and limestone window lintels and sills - a rather expensive and perhaps somewhat urban treatment for an otherwise ordinary folk house type in a small town.
Kansas State Historical Society
White, Mary Ann Hatten
Leibowitz, Rachel, Historian
Gunderson, Courtney L., Delineator
Lenard, Marton, Delineator
Klein, Frederick A., Delineator
Utz, Steven B., Delineator
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
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