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Mary Katherine White's room, Red Rocks, Emporia, Kansas

Mary Katherine White's room, Red Rocks, Emporia, Kansas
Date: Undated
This photograph shows the interior of Mary Katherine White's bedroom at Red Rocks, the home of progressive journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner William Allen White in Emporia, Kansas. Mary Katherine was the second child and only daughter of William Allen and Sallie Moss Lindsay White. Mary Katherine died from a skull fracture caused by a horse riding accident when she was a teenager. The residence was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976. The Kansas Historical Society has been operating the state historic site since 2001.


View of "Red Rocks," home of William Allen White, Emporia, Kansas

View of "Red Rocks," home of William Allen White, Emporia, Kansas
Date: Between 1970 and 1979
Two views of "Red Rocks" in Emporia, Kansas. This house at 927 Exchange was home to William Allen White, nationally and internationally known editor of the Emporia Gazette, from 1899 until his death in 1944. Here the White family entertained several U.S. presidents-- Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover-- and prominent Americans, such as Edna Ferber, Frank Lloyd Wright, Walt Mason, and Jane Addams. The home is made of bright sandstone from Colorado, which covers the first story. The top two stories of the house are red pressed brick, stucco, and wood strips. The red sandstone is believed to be from a quarry in Red Rock Canyon near the Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Almerin Gillett, lawyer and cattle entrepreneur began building the house around April 1888. Due to drought and a drop in the cattle market, Gillett was unable to complete the construction. His wife, Eugenia, died in 1892, and Gillett soon moved to Kansas City where he died in 1896. In 1915 William Allen White wrote to architect Frank Lloyd Wright and suggested that he "do over" the house. Wright soon began to develop preliminary designs for the house. White and Wright continued their discussions of design until around November 1919, when White contacted the architectural firm of Wight & Wight in Kansas City. William Allen and Sallie lived at the home until their deaths. William Allen died in 1944; Sallie in 1950. Their son and daughter-in-law, William Lindsay and Kathrine Klinkenberg White, moved into the house around 1955, although they also maintained a residence in New York City. The site was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976. William Lindsay died in 1973 and Kathrine died in 1988. In 2001 Paul David and Barbara White Walker, their daughter, donated this site to the state of Kansas to be operated as Red Rocks State Historic Site.


Views of "Red Rocks," home of William Allen White, Emporia, Kansas

Views of "Red Rocks," home of William Allen White, Emporia, Kansas
Date: 1899-1940
Postcards showing "Red Rocks" in Emporia, Kansas. This house at 927 Exchange was home to William Allen White, nationally and internationally known editor of the Emporia Gazette, from 1899 until his death in 1944. Here the White family entertained several U.S. presidents-- Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover-- and prominent Americans, such as Edna Ferber, Frank Lloyd Wright, Walt Mason, and Jane Addams. The home is made of bright sandstone from Colorado, which covers the first story. The top two stories of the house are red pressed brick, stucco, and wood strips. The red sandstone is believed to be from a quarry in Red Rock Canyon near the Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Almerin Gillett, lawyer and cattle entrepreneur began building the house around April 1888. Due to drought and a drop in the cattle market, Gillett was unable to complete the construction. His wife, Eugenia, died in 1892, and Gillett soon moved to Kansas City where he died in 1896. In 1915 William Allen White wrote to architect Frank Lloyd Wright and suggested that he "do over" the house. Wright soon began to develop preliminary designs for the house. White and Wright continued their discussions of design until around November 1919, when White contacted the architectural firm of Wight & Wight in Kansas City. William Allen and Sallie lived at the home until their deaths. William Allen died in 1944; Sallie in 1950. Their son and daughter-in-law, William Lindsay and Kathrine Klinkenberg White, moved into the house around 1955, although they also maintained a residence in New York City. The site was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976. William Lindsay died in 1973 and Kathrine died in 1988. In 2001 Paul David and Barbara White Walker, their daughter, donated this site to the state of Kansas to be operated as Red Rocks State Historic Site.


William Allen White house, Emporia, Kansas

William Allen White house, Emporia, Kansas
Date: Between 2001 and 2003
These elevation drawings are of the William Allen White house at 927 Exchange Street in Emporia, Kansas. The William Allen White House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, and as a National Historic Landmark in 1976.


William Allen White house, Emporia, Kansas

William Allen White house, Emporia, Kansas
Creator: State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Date: 1967
This photograph is a representation of the exterior and front yard of the home belonging to progressive journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner William Allen White in Emporia, Kansas. The residence is named Red Rocks after the red sandstone used on the first floor exterior from Colorado. Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976, the Kansas Historical Society took over operating the state historic site in 2001.


William Allen White house in Emporia, Kansas

William Allen White house in Emporia, Kansas
Date: Between 1915 and 1920
This is a photograph of William Allen White's house located at 927 Exchange in Emporia, Kansas. The home is made of bright sandstone from Colorado, which covers the first story. The top two stories of the house are red pressed brick, stucco, and wood strips. The red sandstone is believed to be from a quarry in Red Rock Canyon near the Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Almerin Gillett, a lawyer and cattle entrepreneur, began building the house around April 1888. Due to drought and a drop in the cattle market, Gillett was unable to complete the construction. The house was later purchased by William Allen White and in 1915 he wrote to architect Frank Lloyd Wright and suggested that he "do over" the house. Wright soon began to develop preliminary designs for the house. White and Wright continued their discussions of design until around November 1919, when White contacted the architectural firm of Wight & Wight in Kansas City. The renovation began in March 1920 under close direction from William Allen and Sallie White. The Wight design retained much from the Frank Lloyd Wright plans. The former Queen Anne was changed to a Tudor Revival. Here the White family entertained several U.S. presidents-- Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover-- and prominent Americans, such as Edna Ferber, Frank Lloyd Wright, Walt Mason, and Jane Addams.


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