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A silent motion picture featuring several Topeka building contractors and their completed structures was produced for the Topeka Builders Club and photographed by Steve Smith of Hall Stationery company and George Rinner. The builders featured are John Barber, John Nelson, James Cuthbert, F. M. Spencer, and C. G. Carlson, along with shots of several buildings constructed by each. Samples of Barber's buildings include the Crosby residence in Westboro, the drug store on the northwest corner of 10th and Topeka, and the Bertson Brothers building. Nelson built the First Methodist Church, the Chesterfield and Throop hotels, and a mill on east 10th. Cuthbert built the west wing of the State Capitol; the Observatory, Rice Hall, and Library at Washburn University; and Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church. Works shown of F. M. Spencer include the M. A. Lowe residents, the State Printing Plant, the Masonic Library, and the Security Benefit Association Office building. C. G. Carlson built the A. J. Carruth residence, the Security Benefit Association home and hospital, the Church of the Assumption, and Randolph School. Several views show Topeka street cars in motion.

Creator: Smith, Steve
Date: Between 1928 and 1930

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Item Number: 216317
Call Number: VT011
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 216317

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