|Year(s) Listed: • 2006|
|City/Town: • Shawnee|
|Location Class: • Residential|
|Built: 1870 | Abandoned: N/A|
|Status: • Demolished (~2021)|
|Contributor: Kansas Preservation Alliance|
Kenneth Smith was the first American golf club manufacturer. His golf clubs were coveted by heads of state and famous celebrities. Kenneth Smith acquired his stone house in 1932, but the home was actually built by one of the founding members of Shawnee, John Garrett, a stonemason. The home dates to around 1870 with additions made by Kenneth Smith in 1932. The grounds cover 65 acres at this time and include the golf club manufacturing facility as well as a barn and other ancillary buildings plus a 9-hole golf course that was used by employees and customers who were testing their new golf clubs. The property is endangered by development pressures that will destroy the entire complex.