• Then and Now: Anderson Hall

    This entry of Then and Now features the oldest photograph on the site so far.

    Anderson Hall is the main administration building at K-State. It was built between 1877 and 1884. The photograph on the top was taken in 1891 and featured in the first K-State yearbook, known then as College Symposium. The building has quite the history. If you want to learn more about it, K-State Libraries has a whole page dedicated to Anderson Hall’s history.

    The bottom photograph is much newer. It was taken this July. Taking a quick glance, it doesn’t look like much has changed. The most noticeable changes are the addition of foliage and the enclosure of the porch area.



  • Then and Now: 303 N. 16th St.

    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.


  • Then and Now: 300 N. 11th St.

    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. 

  • Then and Now: 311 N. 14th

    This should be the first of many installments of the Then and Now on this site. I’ve given a brief overview where the idea came from and whatnot on this page. The historic image in this case came from the 1927 edition of Royal Purple.

    In 1927, the house at 311 N. 14th Street, Manhattan, Kansas was home to Kappa Kappa Gamma. Since then, the sorority has moved elsewhere, but the house remains. As the bottom half of the picture shows, the house continues to receive quite a bit of TLC and still overlooks the west edge of City Park.