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Fort Leavenworth, Building No. 21, 4-6 Sumner Place, Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, KS



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Location
4-6 Sumner Place, Leavenworth, KS

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS KS-53-B
Building/structure dates: 1855 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1881 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1900 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1903 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1930 subsequent work
National Register Number: 66000346
Significance: The Syracuse Houses represent the change in status of Fort Leavenworth from an outpost to an important depot of western expansion. In 1853, Congress authorized additional cavalry regiments to Fort Leavenworth. This necessitated an increase in the number of quarters, including the Syracuse Houses and stables. The erection of permanent and comfortable quarters contrasts with the construction of hastily built temporary quarters which were often the standard of housing on western posts. The attention to the design and construction of the Syracuse Houses clearly shows a changed outlook towards the permanence and importance of Fort Leavenworth by the 1850's. In addition, the residences make an important architectural contribution, for the quarters reflect the influence of "high style" trends from the east coast. The level of architectural sophistication of the Syracuse Quarters was not achieved by local civilian architecture until the 1860's

Subjects
Officers' Quarters
Wooden Buildings
Domestic Life


Related Names
Carr, E. T.
Hunt, Judith E., Field Team
Whye, Mike, Photographer
Struble, Kristie, Historian


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

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