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Property Information
The Charles Curtis House
1101 SW Topeka Blvd
Topeka, KS
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Price: $750,000
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1.5
Square Feet: 4,468
Year Built:
1878
Architect/Builder:
Unknown
Architectural Style:
Victorian
(c.1860-1900)
 
Contact Information
Name: Joy Mestagh
Agency: Town & Country Real Estate and Auction
Phone: 816-830-2731 or 785-863-3322
Fax: 785-863-3011
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Property History
Built in 1878, this Eclectic Italianate architectural style house was described as "not surpassed by any residence in the city."

The house was originally built for one of the first mayors of Topeka, Joseph C. Wilson. James & Irma Reddens, the second owners, added their own touch, such as the ornate wooden banister with three types of stair spindles. They also enlisted Seymour Davis, a prominent architect, to redesign the house, adding two turrets to the roofline as well as stained - and jeweled-glass windows. The original architect of the house remains unidentified. The Curtis family became owners in 1907 and resided there until 1937. The Curtis House was Charles office address used while he was serving as vice president in Washington.

In addition to being an outstanding home, the inspiring second-floor view of the capital brings its appeal full circle, joining together the past and the future. Currently operating as a museum, The Charles Curtis House honors the life and career of Charles Curtis (January 25,1860 – February 8, 1936), who is most notably remembered as the 31st vice president of the United States from 1929 to 1932 under President Herbert Hoover. Curtis was the first enrolled Native American to reach either of the highest office in the Federal Executive Branch.

Before serving as Vice President, Curtis held a seat on the U.S. House of Representatives for eight terms (1892-1907). During that time, Curtis served on the House Ways and Means Committee and the Committee on Indian Affairs and Public Lands. Curtis sponsored legislation that impacted the tribes and authored a bill that made changes to Indian Territory. In 1907 Curtis was elected to the U.S. Senate (1907-1913, 1914). And in 1915, the Republican caucus elected him party whip. He served on a multitude of committees, much of the legislation he sponsored revolved around agriculture and American Indians.

The Curtis House has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior. It has also received the Historic Topeka Inc., Preservation Award in 2001 and Shawnee Country Historical Society, Historic Preservation Award in 2006.

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Property Description
Inside, guests are greeted by a grand staircase with impressive landings. Four fireplaces - two made of white oak, one of solid cherry and the fourth of Italian marble - are just a few unique features in this home. Ornamental crown molding accentuates the plaster ceilings and enhances the period chandeliers. According to the Kansas Historical Society, the Curtis home has more intact parquet flooring than any other historical house in Kansas. Geometric mosaics in the wood pieces add not only a beautiful detail but represent the trend during that time. Exceptional chandeliers and light fixtures show the beauty and progression of the home. The beautiful stained glass or jeweled windows are just one of the many details that make this home shine far above the rest.

 
Additional Notes
Historical text gathered from a variety of sources including the Kansas Historical Society, Topeka Capital Journal, Topeka Partnership.

Last Updated: January 13, 2021
All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be independently verified.


 
 

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