Fort Leavenworth, Building No. 18, 16-18 Sumner Place, Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, KS
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16-18 Sumner Place, Leavenworth, KS
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS KS-53-I
Building/structure dates: 1877 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1881 subsequent work
National Register Number: 66000346
Significance: Building #18 occupies a prominent position on Main Parade, situated between the old Post Commander's House and the Rookery. Its site was that of an early frame officers' quarters of the Fort. Building appropriations were scarce in the 1870 decade after the initial year; subsequent building was mainly associated with appropriations beginning in 1875 for the establishment of the Military Prison. This building was one of the few constructed at the Fort during the decade. No record concerning construction has been found. Records show that Building #18 was transferred to the jurisdiction of the Prison in 1914; and was transferred in 1929 to the auspices of the Command and General Staff School. Building #18 has architectural significance as one of the early adaptations (at this post) of a standard design used here for nearly two decades. This building carries Italianate characteristics; in later examples, other motifs were adopted. This building serves as a forerunner in the conversion to uniform masonry residential construction, fully realized in the 1880 decade.
Struble, Kristie D., Field Team
Whye, Mike, Photographer
Hunt, Judith E., Historian
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
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