Fort Riley, Building No. 117, 117 Lower Brick Row, Fort Riley, Riley County, KS
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117 Lower Brick Row, Fort Riley, KS
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS KS-54-K
Building/structure dates: 1889 initial construction
Significance: Building #117 represents the brick double officers quarters constructed for non-commissioned officers during the late 1880's expansion of Fort Riley. Its plain brick walls, brick segmental arch lintels and rock-faced limestone sills and foundation are repeated in the duplexes, Building #119 and #121 on Lower Brick Row along with the single quarters, Building #73, on Holbrook Avenue, and suggest their designation for use by non-commissioned officers. These buildings contrast markedly with both the smooth-face limestone quarters of the 1850s and the later rock-face limestone quarters of the late-nineteenth to early-twentieth centuries. Buildings #117, #119 and #121, all built in 1889, are unique because of their double facade design. They have an entry way on either side elevation, neither of which faces onto the street. Also, these buildings have a unique multi-gabled hipped roof not seen on any other quarters on post including Building #73 Holbrook. The main block has a hipped roof, but at each corner there is a front-facing gable roof. Historically, all the buildings of Lower Brick Row were built after the fort became designated as a school for the training of cavalry and light-artillery forces in 1886. Lower Brick Row's out-of-the-way location, west of the main post, suggests the fort's renewed vigor and physical expansion during the late-nineteenth century, and the military's continuing effort to group officers of similar rank.
Pond, Capt. George E.
Junction City Press Brick Company
Crawford, Catherine, Field Team
Whye, Mike, Photographer
Rodriguez, Joseph, Historian
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
1. NORTHWEST & NORTHEAST ELEVATIONS, LOOKING SOUTH.
2. WEST CORNER SHOWING NORTHWEST & SOUTHWEST ELEVATIONS, LOOKING SOUTHEAST.
3. SOUTH CORNER SHOWING SOUTHEAST & SOUTHWEST ELEVATIONS, LOOKING NORTHEAST.
4. NORTHEAST & SOUTHEAST ELEVATIONS, SHOWING STREET, LOOKING SOUTHWEST.
5. MAIN ENTRY, LOOKING NORTHWEST, SHOWING MAIN STAIRCASE LEADING UP AND DOWN, FROM 1ST FLOOR.
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