Fort Riley, Building No. 16, 16 Forsythe Avenue, Fort Riley, Riley County, KS
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16 Forsythe Avenue, Fort Riley, KS
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS KS-54-G
Building/structure dates: 1893 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1930 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1937 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1945 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1948 subsequent work
Significance: Building #16 is architecturally similar to Buildings #13, #14, #15, #16, and #17, on Forsyth Avenue, and to Buildings #95, #97, #99, #103, #105, and #106 on Schofield Circle. Built from 1889-1903, these double officer's quarters vary slightly only in ornamental woodwork and window detailing. Their rock-faced ashlar limestone walls contrast markedly with the smooth-faced walls of the fort's early, 1850's buildings. Building #16, unlike many of its neighboring buildings, retains its ornamental wooden gable truss and small center gable end on its porch roof. It also is distinguished by rock-faced segmental arch lintels with keystones. Historically, Building #16 was constructed during a boom period in the fort's growth following the establishment of the school for the cavalry and light artillery in 1886. All the buildings on Forsyth Avenue were erected for field officers who taught at the school. Local contractors and laborers, many of whom lived in Junction City, erected the buildings.
Pond, Capt. George E.
Stair, W. H.
Crawford, Catherine, Field Team
Whye, Mike, Photographer
Rodriguez, Joseph, Historian
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
1. WEST (FRONT) ELEVATION, LOOKING EAST-NORTHEAST.
2. DETAIL OF WEST GABLE, AND BARGEBOARD LOOKING EAST-NORTHEAST.
3. SOUTH ELEVATION, LOOKING NORTH.
4. NORTH & EAST (REAR) ELEVATIONS, FACING SOUTHWEST.
5. ENTRY DOOR, 16A, FACING SOUTHEAST.
6. MAIN ENTRY, 16B DOOR, VESTIBULE, MANTLE IN PARLOR, LOOKING EAST-NORTHEAST FROM MAIN ENTRY.
7. DINING ROOM WITH MAIN STAIRCASE, (16A) LOOKING SOUTH.
8. PARLOR, 16B, MAIN STAIRS AND DOOR (CLOSED) TO DINING ROOM.
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