Fort Leavenworth, Building No. 19, 12-14 Sumner Place, Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, KS
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12-14 Sumner Place, Leavenworth, KS
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS KS-53-M
Building/structure dates: 1828 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1870 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1878 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1909 subsequent work
National Register Number: 66000346
Significance: Building #19 is historically significant as the only surviving building associated with the founding period of Fort Leavenworth. Erected as the post commander's quarters and office, the Rookery was the home during the 1830's of Col. Henry Dodge and Col. Stephen W. Kearny, two of the first dragoon commanders on the Western frontier. The Rookery also served in 1854 as the residence of the first territorial governor of Kansas, Andrew H. Reeder. Architecturally, the Rookery retains traces of French Colonial vernacular architecture in its high basement and two-tiered verandahs. Its stone walls were quarried on post from native Kansas limestone. The building itself is one of the oldest U.S. military structures west of St. Louis.
Dodge, Col. Henry
Kearny, Col. Stephen W.
Reeder, Gov. Andrew H.
Meigs, Maj Gen. M. C.
Wright, John W.
Hunt, Judith E., Field Team
Struble, Kristie D., Field Team
Whye, Mike, Photographer
Glass, James A., Historian
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
1. WEST (FRONT) ELEVATIONS, LOOKING EAST.
2. SOUTH & WEST (FRONT) ELEVATIONS, LOOKING NORTHEAST.
3. SOUTH & EAST (FRONT) ELEVATIONS, LOOKING NORTHWEST.
4. NORTH & WEST (FRONT) ELEVATIONS, LOOKING SOUTH-SOUTHEAST.
5. MAIN ENTRY AND STAIRS OF #14 SUMNER PLACE, LOOKING EAST-NORTHEAST.
6. TWIN PARLORS OF #14 SUMNER PLACE, LOOKING SOUTHEAST.
7. DINING ROOM OF #14 SUMNER PLACE, LOOKING NORTHWEST.
8. BACK DOOR OF #14 SUMNER PLACE, LOOKING NORTHWEST.
9. BASEMENT UNDER MAIN STAIRS, #14 SUMNER PLACE, LOOKING WEST.
10. ATTIC ABOVE #14 SUMNER PLACE, LOOKING SOUTH.
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