|Year(s) Listed: • 2002|
|City/Town: • Topeka|
|Location Class: • Residential|
|Built: 1937 | Year Saved:|
|Awards: • Merit Award|
|Contributor: Kansas Preservation Alliance|
Photo by CJ Online
It is reported that Kansas Governor Alf Landon (1933-37) completed construction of the white, brick house (on Westchester in Prospect Hills) in 1937 for his wife Theo because, although he had lost the presidential election (to Roosevelt), he felt that she deserved to live in a “White House.” Current owners David and Beth Wittig have gone to great lengths to maintain the historic nature of the property throughout an extensive rehabilitation project. Gene Fritzel Construction Co. in Lawrence were the general contractors; other firms responsible for significant preservation work included MECA in New York City for the interior design work, J.F. McGivern of Topeka for the painting, and Richard Ramshaw for the restoration of the rock wall.