Fort Riley, Carpenter Court Apartments, Carpenter Avenue & Carpenter Place, Fort Riley, Geary County, KS
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Carpenter Avenue & Carpenter Place, Fort Riley, KS
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS KS-78
Building/structure dates: 1930 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1962 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1987 subsequent work
Significance: The Carpenter Court Apartments are significant for their representation of standardized plans developed by the Office of the Quartermaster General as part of a nationwide building program initiated in 1927 to upgrade living conditions for officers, non-commissioned officers and enlisted men. This building program was implemented using funds from the Army, the Works Progress Administration (WPA), and the Public Works Administration (PWA). Designed by the Quartermaster General's Office in Washington, D.C. these standard plans were modified depending on the regional style. Fort Riley was one of several Army posts targeted for new construction, and the Carpenter Court complex was one of two complexes utilizing this standard plan in the Colonial Revival Style with brick and slate roofs (original). This style was generally built from Virginia northwards, westwards as far as Kansas, and in the Pacific Northwest. Adaptations of these plans were generally chosen for the South, the Southwest as far north as Oklahoma and California. The Carpenter Court Apartments are also significant for their strategic location, being situated within the historic Main Post District.
Office Of Quartermaster General
Works Progress Administration
Public Works Administration Company
Fauntleroy, Col. Thomas T.
Main Post Historic District
Kivett, Paul S., Photographer
Walkup, Marsha A., Historian
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
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