Abilene Residence Added to National Register of Historical Places
The four listings were entered into the National Register July 3, 2012 and include a commercial building in El Dorado, an Abilene residence, and a school and church in rural Osage County.
This brings the total Kansas listings in the National Register to 1,276.
David R. Gorden House – 400 N Cedar Street, Abilene, Dickinson County
Civil War veteran David R. Gorden arrived in Kansas in 1866 and found work with the Union Pacific Railroad as a telegraph operator. In 1869, he transferred to Abilene where he served as UP’s first station agent during the height of cattle-shipping activity. Gorden had many local business interests and also served as Abilene’s postmaster from 1889-1894. He hired architect Franklin Keagy of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania to design this residence, which was completed in 1877. The two-and-a-half-story house reflects the late Victorian-era Gothic Revival style, with its brick exterior, decorative gable trim, paired peak-head windows in the front gable, and round-arch double-door entrance. The gables are not as steeply pitched as classic examples of Gothic Revival residential architecture, and the house form mimics that of the Folk Victorian gable-front-and-wing. It was nominated for its local significance in the area of architecture.
For information about all the latest Kansas nominations: http://www.kshs.org/p/register-database/14638