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The Security Benefit Association (formerly the Knights and Ladies of Security, a fraternal organization) built a model farm, hospital, orphanage and old folks' home on a hill west of Topeka, Kansas. These black and white photographs are from that time-- about 1918 to 1930. The model farm was known for its prize Holstein herd and poultry. Later, in about 1960, the Menninger Foundation purchased the property. In 1982, the "West Campus" was developed -- a residential community of 28 structures on the 350 acre hilltop campus. Most of the SBA buildings were converted to Menninger Clinic programs.

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Security Benefit Association farm and hospital complex in Topeka, Kansas - A postcard showing the group of barns, garages and poultry houses on the model S.B.A. (Security Benefit Association) farm. In the distance, to the left, the old folksSecurity Benefit Association farm and hospital complex in Topeka, Kansas - The S.B.A. hospital, before the tower was added, and the fountain with gold fish basin in the front of the building.  The fountain was part of an early air conditioning system.Security Benefit Association farm and hospital complex in Topeka, Kansas - The S.B.A. hospital with the clock tower, the breezeways and both wings added.  The fountain is visible in the front.  Later this was named the Tower building by the Menninger Clinic and used for offices, the Professional Library  and the museum.Security Benefit Association farm and hospital complex in Topeka, Kansas - A Security Benefit Association farm and hospital complex in Topeka, Kansas - One of the six Security Benefit Association farm and hospital complex in Topeka, Kansas - A solarium on the second floor of the hospital.  Note the bird cages.Security Benefit Association farm and hospital complex in Topeka, Kansas - A seven bed ward in the SBA hospital.Security Benefit Association farm and hospital complex in Topeka, Kansas - The sun parlor in the nursesSecurity Benefit Association farm and hospital complex in Topeka, Kansas - This photograph shows the early landscaping with the SBA  buildings in the background.  The power plant with its tall smoke stack is the most visible.Security Benefit Association farm and hospital complex in Topeka, Kansas - The Tower building has the east wing added.  The doctorsSecurity Benefit Association farm and hospital complex in Topeka, Kansas - Eight vehicles used by the S.B.A. complex  in 1928. There were farm vehicles and note the fire truck.Security Benefit Association farm and hospital complex in Topeka, Kansas - This is the living room in the Dean building, the retirement home for S.B.A. members.  Eight rocking chairs!

Security Benefit Association farm and hospital complex in Topeka, Kansas - A postcard showing the group of barns, garages and poultry houses on the model S.B.A. (Security Benefit Association) farm. In the distance, to the left, the old folks' home can be seen. (later called the Neiswanger building).

Item Number: 224500
Call Number: Menninger Foundation Photographic Collection, Box 40, #10
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 224500

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