King Building

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Built: 1895 | Abandoned: 1985
Status: Demolished (2013)
Contributor: Kansas Preservation Alliance

This Italianate style commercial building dates to around 1895 and originally housed Charlie King’s grocery business. A recent survey of downtown Burlingame determined the building eligible as a potentially contributing resource to a surrounding historic district. However, the building has been vacant for 27 years and the rear wall collapsed in 2005. Due to shared dividing walls, if this building is lost, the two adjacent buildings would likely come down as well. Two recent engineering studies have stated the building is otherwise structurally sound and is repairable, however the owner does not have sufficient funds to complete the rehabilitation. The owner, the City, and neighboring property owners are in support of this building’s rehabilitation and require technical guidance regarding the various preservation and incentive programs.

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