Fort Leavenworth, Building No. 184, 629-631 Grant Avenue, Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, KS
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629-631 Grant Avenue, Leavenworth, KS
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS KS-53-L
Building/structure dates: 1901 initial construction
National Register Number: 66000346
Significance: The importance of the Grant Avenue quarters derives from the original architectural design and from the association with the Command School at the turn of the twentieth century. The individual architectural details of the Grant Avenue quarters can be attributed to styles of American residential design. But the comprehensive design does not represent any single style. Rather, it is a synthesis of many elements. The most apparent influences are American Georgian and Romanesque as seen in such details as the front two and a half story gable projection, gable dormers, and paired arch windows. These are familiar architectural elements that would produce ordinary houses but for the original association of these diverse stylistic features within the context of a formal design on a massive scale. The result is the simultaneous fusion of familiar and traditional elements and original architectural design. The quarters were built shortly after the reorganization and expansion of the Command School at Fort Leavenworth. The changes that occurred at the School were in response to weaknesses in military instruction brought to light in the Spanish-American War in 1898. The revitalization of the School necessitated additional housing for officers attending the school and money was allocated for the erection of the Grant Avenue quarters.
Hunt, Judith E., Field Team
Whye, Mike, Photographer
Struble, Kristie D., Historian
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
1. LOOKING SOUTHWEST, WITH GRANT STATUE AND NORTHEAST (FRONT) ELEVATION.
2. NORTHEAST (FRONT) ELEVATION, LOOKING SOUTHWEST.
3. SOUTHWEST (REAR) ELEVATION, LOOKING NORTHEAST.
4. SOUTH CORNER, SHOWING SOUTHWEST AND SOUTHEAST ELEVATIONS, LOOKING NORTH.
5. SOUTHEAST ELEVATION, LOOKING NORTHWEST.
6. MAIN ENTRY AND STAIRWAY OF 629 GRANT AVE., LOOKING SOUTH.
7. DINING ROOM AND LIVING ROOM OF 629 GRANT AVE., WITH MANTELS AND MOLDING, LOOKING NORTH.
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