Downtown Historic District
The Downtown Manhattan Historic District was first established as a Certified Local Historic District in 1982 and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The district is just over 6 blocks in area, encompassing the concentration of extant historic commercial and civic buildings within the central building district (see map).
In July of 1855, the town-site of Manhattan was platted and the town founders named the east-west street that separated the two floats, “Poyntz,” after Colonel Poyntz, financier of the steamboat Hartford. The street south of Poyntz was named after Sam Houston, the first white settler in the Manhattan area.
Downtown Manhattan was comprised, historically, of a wide range of uses including light industrial, agricultural, transportation-related, service and professional offices, and retail stores as well as civic, social and governmental uses. Housing also constituted a prominent use in the district, historically, including apartments above businesses, private residences, and at least five hotels. Today, the composition of the district continues to be a mix of uses, although the uses do vary from those historically.
Houston-Pierre Street District The Houston & Pierre Streets Residential Historic District represents Manhattan’s residential development patterns during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Located just south of Poyntz Avenue (see map), this neighborhood evolved as a desirable location for Manhattan’s affluent middle class as the city flourished as a rural railroad market center, county seat, and college town. In the early 1900s, the area of Houston and Pierre Streets was the desired housing location of prominent businessmen, attorneys, and university faculty because it was within walking distance of the downtown commercial area and electric car-line stops, but removed from the associated traffic and noise.
The district is characterized by tree-lined streets and homes built between the late 19th and early 20th century, as well as significant portions of sidewalk that retain their historic brick paving. It includes the historic Courthouse Square, which is an undeveloped city block that was set aside as public and open space in the original plat of the City of Manhattan. The district retains a high degree of architectural integrity and includes 69 contributing buildings, of which 41 are single-family residences, 24 are outbuildings, 2 are church buildings, and 2 are apartment buildings. The brick sidewalks and the Courthouse Square are also contributing resources.
Homes within the district represent approximately 75 years of architectural history, dating from approximately 1866 to 1940, prior to the onset of World War II. Architectural styles within the district include:
- Mid-19th Century Gothic Revival and Greek Revival
- Late 19th and 20th Century Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, Queen Anne, Prairie Folk School, and Bungalow/Craftsman
- Late Victorian Italian Renaissance and Second Empire
- Natural Folk House Pyramidal, American Foursquare, and Gable-Front-and-Wing Forms
- Four-Family Flat
Wolf House Historic District
The Wolf House Historic district is the smallest in Manhattan. Located at the northeast corner of N. Juliette and Fremont, the Wolf House (1868), the Mansfield House (1868), the Moses House (1870) and the Wolf Photography Studio (1902) constitute the site in one of Manhattan’s oldest neighborhoods. The Mansfield and Wolf Houses are in their original location and are representatives of early permanent stone residences downtown. The Wolf House was one of the earliest boarding houses in Manhattan where, among others, numerous faculty and students at Kansas Agricultural College resided. The Mansfield House became home to local stone mason Nels Sandell in 1874. The Moses House and the Wolf Photography Studio were moved to the Wolf House site in 1957 when Riley County was looking for land to accommodate additional parking for the adjacent courthouse and Carnegie Library. The Wolf Photographic Studio was one of the longest continually-operated businesses in the city and the longest running photo business when it closed in 1956. In 1982 and 1993 the Wolf House and Mansfield House were respectively donated to the Riley County Historical Society who currently operate the site as the Wolf House Museum.
Building or Structure
|Local Address||Year Built||Local Register||State Register||National Register|
919 Mid-Campus Dr
|Avalon Apartments||417 Fremont St.||1925||No||Yes||Yes|
|Bethel AME||401 Yuma St.||1927||No||Yes||Yes|
|Bluemont Youth Cabin||Goodnow Park||1938||No||Yes||Yes|
|Community House||120 N. 4th St.||1917||No||Yes||Yes|
|Coon's House||1922 Leavenworth St.||1930||Yes||No||No|
|Damon Runyon House||400 Osage St.||1880||No||Yes||Yes|
|Daniel & Maude Walters House||100 S. Delaware Ave.||1928||No||Yes||Yes|
|E.A. & Ura Wharton House||608 Houston St.||1897||No||Yes||Yes|
|First Congregational Church||700 Poyntz Ave.||1859||No||Yes||Yes|
|Floral Hall (The Roundhouse)||1101 Fremont St.||1875||No||Yes||No|
|Francis Byron "Barney" Kimble House||720 Poyntz Ave.||1912||No||Yes||Yes|
|Grimes House||203 N. Delaware Ave.||1916||No||Yes||Yes|
|Hartford House||2309 Claflin Road||1855||No||Yes||Yes|
|Henry & Elenora Strong House||1916 Beck St.||1867||No||Yes||No|
|Hulse-Daughters House||617 Colorado St.||1892||No||Yes||Yes|
|Jeremiah Platt House||2005 Claflin Rd.||1871||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Jessie Ingraham House||1724 Fairchild Ave.||1867||No||Yes||Yes|
|Isaac Goodnow House||2301 Claflin Rd.||1857||No||Yes||Yes|
|KSAC Radio Towers||Kansas State University||1924||No||Yes||Yes|
|Landmark Water Tower||Leavenworth & Sunset||1922||No||Yes||Yes|
|Leslie A. Fitz House||1014 Houston St.||1914||No||Yes||Yes|
|Lyda-Jean Apartments||501 Houston St.||1930||No||Yes||Yes|
|Manhattan Carnegie Library||530 Poyntz Ave.||1904||No||Yes||Yes|
|Manhattan State Bank||400 Poyntz Ave.||1906||No||Yes||No|
|Mattie M. Elliot House||600 Houston St.||1928||No||Yes||Yes|
|McFarlane-Wareham Residence||1906 Leavenworth St.||1928||No||Yes||Yes|
|Pioneer Log Cabin||City Park||1916||No||Yes||Yes|
|Riley County Courthouse||100 Courthouse Plaza||1906||No||Yes||Yes|
|Robert Ulrich House||121N. 8th St.||1868||No||Yes||Yes|
|Rocky Ford School||1967 Barnes Rd.||1927||No||Yes||Yes|
|Samuel Houston House||3624 Anderson Ave.||1857||No||Yes||Yes|
|Second (Pilgrim) Baptist Church||831 Yuma St.||1917||No||Yes||Yes|
|Seven Dolors Catholic Church||731 Pierre St.||1920||No||Yes||Yes|
|St. Mary's Hospital/Manhattan YMCA||1100 Fremont||1907||No||Yes||No|
|Strasser House||326 Laramie St.||1874||No||Yes||Yes|
|Union Pacific Depot||120 Ft. Riley Blvd.||1902||No||Yes||No|
|Washington Marlatt House & Barn||1600 College Ave.||1856||No||Yes||No|
|Women's Club House||900 Poyntz Ave.||1911||No||Yes||Yes|