Mary Butterfield House

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Built: 1908 | Abandoned: 2009
Status: Demolished
Contributor: Kansas Preservation Alliance

This house was constructed ca. 1908 for Mary Butterfield, who was the owner. She and her husband Frank, a retired farmer, lived with their daughter, Margaret, at another location. Margaret Butterfield was appointed secretary of the Kansas State Agricultural College (now KSU) in 1909. Formerly the Manhattan Emegency Shelter, the building has been vacant for a year, but the exterior and interior are in good condition. The First Presbyterian Church owns the entire block where this residence stands and demolished the other houses, probably in the 1960s. The church has offered the Butterfield House to be moved, but the building is too large and moving would require removal of several mature trees. The church plans to demolish the building and construct a columbarium on the site. Preservation is supported by the Manhattan/Riley County Preservation Alliance and neighborhood association. Supporters are trying to find another charitable organization to occupy the house.

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