Fort Leavenworth, Building No. 436, 5 Riverside Avenue, Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, KS
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5 Riverside Avenue, Leavenworth, KS
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS KS-53-F
Building/structure dates: 1885 initial construction
National Register Number: 66000346
Significance: Building #436 is a unique example of vernacular residential design built at Fort Leavenworth in the mid 1880's. Its design makes a valuable contribution to the neighborhood, which is also composed of other frame quarters. Of the seven quarters, five including Building #426 are vernacular single officers quarters similar in scale and style. Further up the drive, there are two elegant center gable double officer's cottages that have decorative tie-beam bargeboards, veranda, and bay windows. Despite some variance of style the seven houses are compatible, and are perceived as a unit which presents a rural, country character. The Riverside Avenue quarters are also significant through their association with the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks established in 1875. For these quarters were built to house officers working at the military prison. The vernacular style chosen for the single officer's quarters provide an interesting contrast to the formal brick residences built at approximately the same time but for officers associated with the School of Application for Infantry and Cavalry established at Fort Leavenworth in 1881.
U.S. Disciplinary Barracks
Whye, Mike, Photographer
Struble, Kristie, Historian
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
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