Fort Riley, Building No. 162, 162 Schofield Circle, Fort Riley, Riley County, KS
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162 Schofield Circle, Fort Riley, KS
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS KS-54-I
Building/structure dates: 1907 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1937 subsequent work
Significance: Building #162, built in 1907, is located on Schofield Circle, and is one of fifteen officers residences constructed in a horseshoe pattern bordering on the Artillery Parade Field. Erected in the period 1887 to 1909, these residences houses artillery officers and their families. The street was named for Major General J.M. Schofield who played a significant role in establishing the artillery school at Fort Riley. The street's orientation away from the cavalry parade suggests the fort's new role as a training school during the late-nineteenth century. Building #162 was one of the last residences built on Schofield Circle. It was pre-dated by two years by Buildings #170 and #171. Building #162, however, has special significance. During its early years it served as bachelor officer's quarters (BOQ) and from 1918 to 1936 it housed the fort's doctor and family. After 1936 it housed the doctor on an intermittent basis. Also, Building #162 is one of only a couple of officer's quarters on the fort with a dentiled cornice. This Georgian detail stood against the fort's more general movement away from ornamentation during the early-twentieth century as plain, functional windows and porches had begun to replace more elaborate, decorative features that graced the buildings during the previous years.
Crawford, Catherine, Field Team
Whye, Mike, Photographer
Rodriguez, Joseph, Historian
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
1. SOUTHWEST & SOUTHEAST (FRONT) ELAVATIONS, LOOKING NORTHEAST.
2. DETAIL OF FRONT (SOUTHEAST) GABLE AND UPPER WINDOWS, LOOKING NORTHWEST.
3. WEST ELEVATIONS, AS SEEN FROM FRONT OF QUARTERS 98A.
4. NORTHEAST & NORTHWEST ELEVATIONS, LOOKING SOUTHWEST.
5. NORTHWEST & SOUTHWEST ELEVATIONS, LOOKING SOUTHEAST.
6. FRONT ENTRY FROM REAR TOWARD FRONT DOORS, LOOKING SOUTH.
7. LIVING ROOM (FOREGROUND) AND DINING ROOM (REAR) AND PANTRY (FURTHER REAR), LOOKING NORTHWEST.
8. DINING ROOM (FOREGROUND) AND LIVING ROOM (REAR), LOOKING SOUTHEAST.
9. MAIN STAIRWAY ON THE FIRST FLOOR, LOOKING WEST.
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