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).