Historic Homes Tour This Weekend

Almost one hundred years of Manhattan

history is presented through the six homes on the 2001 Manhattan Historic Homes Tour Friday December 7 (6:00 - 9:00 p.m.) and Saturday December 8 (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

The featured homes are:

3624 Anderson (Steve and Whitney Short) built in 1857 by S.D. Houston, a signer of the Kansas Constitution, now beautifully returned to its former glory as one of the finest homes in Riley County.

3017 Mary Kendal Court (Jim and Mary Harwell) the stone home of the J.M. Kimball family (for whom Kimball Avenue was named) features period furnishings and antique holiday cheer.

529 Pierre (Jim Sherow and Bonnie Lynn- Sherow) appeared on the historic homes tour two years ago in the "before" state. Now as the renovations are nearing completion, the grace and elegance of this 1871 home (built for Manhattan/Wamego businessman J.E. Shortridge) is again revealed.

1517 Leavenworth (Patricia Bright) this comfortable American Foursquare home built in 1918 for C.H. Graham features furnishings that reflect the owner’s military and artistic family history in a beautifully harmonious and charming manner.

501 Houston (Patricia O’Brien) this apartment building was designed in 1930 by local architect Henry Winter and originally named the Lyda-Jean, in honor of owner C.D. Middleton’s wife and daughter. Retired Professor of Anthropology Pat O’Brien has reworked this wonderful building into three spacious apartments, furnishing her personal apartment with period pieces.

2366 Grandview Terrace (Dean and Alice Armbrust) Highly regarded Manhattan Architect Bill Eidson designed this home in 1955. The fine 1950’s style and detail of this home is enhanced by the original design furniture and personal collections of the owners.

Tickets are available in advance for $12.00 at the following locations: Campbell’s China and Gifts, Rod’s Hallmark, Claflin Books and Copies, Little Apple Antiques, Manhattan Town Center, Ben Franklin Crafts, Geometrics, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and the Riley County Historical Museum. Tickets will be $15.00 December 7 and 8 (available at the door.) The homes may be visited in any order, on both days.

The tour is sponsored by the Manhattan/Riley County Preservation Alliance Inc. and the Riley County Historical Society and Museum. The proceeds from the tour will benefit the Manhattan Depot and the Wolf House Museum.

For more information please call the Riley County Historical Museum 565-6490