• Dairy Manager’s House – Longview Farm

    This is the twelfth post in a multi-part series about Longview Farm in Lee’s Summit, Missouri (and the first post in the series about a place that is still standing!).


    An early view of the Dairy Manager’s House. Note the North Dairy Barn in the background. (1)

    It's still standing!

    It’s still standing! (2)

    General Info:

    The Dairy Manager’s House is number 23.

    Function and Features

    This house is nearly identical to the Saddle Horse Manager’s House (#19 in map above), just on the other side of the farm office (#8). Both houses have a wide bank of windows on the front side of the second floor. This leads to what the NRHP form calls a jerkinhead roof. At some point, the front and back porches were enclosed; since being abandoned, the porches are once again open.

    I don’t have a detailed record of who lived here except for an early photograph marked F.W. Barber, so I assume that he was the original dairy manager. I also don’t know when it became disused, but it was apparently occupied in 1979 when the HABR survey came through, but with the farm sold in 1986, the tenants likely had to then move elsewhere.


    The back with an enclosed porch in 1979, and the house is clearly occupied due to the occupied clothesline. (3)


    Since being disused, the house has slowly deteriorated. As you can see in the photographs, it has significant roof damage. Like many of the other disused buildings on the farm, most windows are intact due to being covered with plywood. Also like most buildings on the farm, the house has been abandoned long enough that they’ve had to replace the plywood covering the windows, which was completed in 2012 or 2013.

    The house was originally located on a gravel path, as you can see in the location map. Part of this path is gone, while the other part has been replaced by a divided, four-lane road that runs between the house and the South Dairy Barn.

    Additional Photos

    The back today.

    The back today. (4)

    The front in 1979.

    The front in 1979. (5)

    Photo Credits

    (1) I believe this came from the recently published book, Longview Farm: Biography of a Dream Come True by Teresa Thornton Mitchell.
    (2) and (4) – Myself.
    (3) and (5) – HABS Survey, 1979.

  • Then and Now: 1100 Fremont Street

    This entry of Then and Now has a history more interesting than most of the other entries I have covered.

    The building at 1100 Fremont was originally built in 1907 as a YMCA facility. An article in the 1906 Banner, a K-State yearbook that predated  Royal Purple, shows a plan for the building – it’s almost identical to the final building. The article also laments the difficulties in trying to find enough funds from the community to support building an almost $30,000 building. They had taken two years at the point the article was written to only reach $23,000. I believe the final building cost somewhere between those two amounts given other articles that I have come across in research. It’s not clear how the facilities were furnished, but there was apparently a basketball court on site, as the building hosted a game against Iowa State in 1909. Nichols would not be completed until 1911. Wikipedia says the YMCA hosted games from 1902 through 1911, but this wouldn’t be possible because the building didn’t exist in 1902!

    By 1926, the YMCA had moved out and the Charlotte Swift Hospital opened as Manhattan’s second hospital, which later changed its name to St. Mary Hospital. The hospital would remain there for a few decades, until 1961 when it moved west to the building that now houses the KSU Foundation.

    Soon after the hospital left, the building had another tenant, which still occupies the building today – Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. They’ve changed the back (west) side of the building with a newer wing, but other than that much of the building has been constantly occupied for over 100 years.

    The top picture appeared in the 1910 Royal Purple and the bottom picture was taken last year.


    Here’s a bonus picture from the 1909 Royal Purple. I used the 1910 picture because it is much larger (and has a lot more people in it).