Vermilya-Boener House

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Built: 1867 | Abandoned: N/A
Historic Designation: National Register of Historic Places (1991)
Status: AbandonedEndangered
Contributor: Midland Neighborhood Association

The Vermilya-Boener House is the only structure remaining from a historic farm in a scenic area of level fertile land in the Kansas River valley north of Lawrence. Elijah Wentworth Vermilya worked with Swedish stone masons to construct the stone farmhouse in 1867. It remained the family residence until 1948. Descendants of the Vermilya family sold the house in the mid-1950s and it has been vacant since then. A subsequent owner secured the house for future rehabilitation and it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. The building is threatened by deterioration and a proposed sand pit mining operation. The Midland Neighborhood Association was organized to work toward preservation of the agricultural landscape and nominated this building for the Endangered Places list.

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