Today’s Then and Now should have been published a long time ago. I took this photo over a year ago!
I will talk about Longview Chapel Christian Church and its history a lot more in an upcoming post of the Longview Farm Project.
The top picture comes from the HABS survey of the farm and was taken around 1920, just a few years after the church opened in 1915. During the early years of the farm, the church also served as a school building for the farm children before they were eventually sent to the three different districts that covered the grounds of the farm.
Looking at the recent photo, taken in 2012, you’ll notice very few changes in the original building. Even 97 years later, the bell is tilted the same way! During the mid-90s, the church was facing closure with just a few families left as members. By 2001, the addition you partially see in the recent photo was added, as the church had grown tremendously to include over 100 families.
The most modest entry of Then and Now thus far is this house, located at 303 N. 16th Street in Manhattan. This house is a couple blocks west of City Park, and has a twin next door at 307 N. 16th. That house was also formerly Greek and will be featured in a future post.
When the historical photo appeared in the 1927 Royal Purple, this house was home to Alpha Xi Delta, which was established at K-State in 1922. This house served the sorority until at least 1933. As you can see below, the vegetation has thrived since 1927, and somewhere over the last 85 years, they’ve planted a new tree right in front of the house. I thought about throwing this photo out, but you can see this house hasn’t changed all that much. The nearly identical house next door isn’t nearly as obstructed and should give you a good idea of what is hidden in this view.
Today’s installment of Then and Now once again comes from Manhattan, Kansas.
Much like the last post, the picture comes from the 1927 Royal Purple. The house at 300 N. 11th Street once served as a sorority house (Chi Omega in this case).
It borders the east side of City Park at the corner of 11th and Leavenworth streets. The sorority was established at K-State in 1915, and the house first appears in the 1923 Royal Purple. They apparently outgrew this house quickly, as the 1934 Royal Purple page for Chi Omega has their house listed as 1803 Laramie, the current Theta Xi house.
Note: I know the angle is off a bit. It was hot, apparently I’m a bit taller than the 1927 photographer, and I’d have to go in the street to match the exact angle — 11th Street is a very busy street.