Fort Riley, Building No. 174, 174 Lowe Place, Fort Riley, Riley County, KS
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174 Lowe Place, Fort Riley, KS
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS KS-54-N
Building/structure dates: 1909 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1938 subsequent work
Significance: Building #174 is of interest as representative of the quarters built for non-commissioned staff officers at Fort Riley during the first decade of the twentieth century. Two of this exact plan and materials were built at this site in 1909. Three other duplexes were constructed previously in 1903 and 1906 of the same exterior design and basic plan. These two quarters, Buildings #174 and #173 were, however, built of different materials. Building #118, #122 and #125 were constructed of red brick with flat arched segmental brick doorways and windows while Buildings #173 and #174 were constructed of rock-faced ashlar limestone with smooth-faced doorrways and windows. The basic structure including shape, roof, fenestration and porch arrangement was built the same. The floor plans varied only slightly (Buildings # 173 and #174 had a front hallway and now have side wings). In 1909, plans were being made to make Fort Riley a brigade post and thus increasing the garrison. In addition, the Mounted Service School at Fort Riley had grown in the past couple years. Therefore, it became necessary to build additional quarters, such as Building #174 as well as other types of structures, to accommodate the increasing numbers. The architectural styling of Building #174 is a simplified version of Georgian design influences of the Colonial Revival period of the early twentieth century. In addition, the open court setting of which Building #174 later became a part, was popular in the early twentieth century.
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Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
1. NORTH & WEST (FRONT) ELEVATIONS, LOOKING SOUTHEAST.
2. WEST (FRONT) ELEVATION, LOOKING EAST-SOUTHEAST.
3. BUILDING #174 AND BUILDING #173, LOOKING NORTHEAST.
4. SOUTH ELEVATION LOOKING NORTH.
5. EAST (REAR) ELEVATION, LOOKING SOUTHWEST.
6. LOWE COURT, LOOKING SOUTH NEAR #173 (LEFT) AND #174.
7. FROM FRONT DOOR, LOOKING EAST, SHOWING STAIRS; LIVING ROOM AND KITCHEN.
8. FROM UPSTAIRS, SHOWING STAIRCASE TO LOWER FLOOR, UPSTAIRS BEDROOM, AND BUILT-IN CABINETS, LOOKING WEST-NORTHWEST.
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