Likely built in the 1870’s, this surprisingly small Second Empire style house definitely thinks big as it displays details more typical of a house five times its size. Built of native stone in the Kansas vernacular, the house has languished for years, appearing to receive some sporadic maintenance but never really showing significant signs of improvement.
The house appears to have just two rooms. No staircase is visible to connect with the second floor (which may simply be attic space as it appears to have only minimal potential headroom).
The structure’s contradictions make it intriguing: small but grand, refined yet crude. The details are fascinating and suggest that the house may have been built with the intent to expand it on each side, possibly in the same way that the house at Cottonwood Ranch evolved — with a perpendicular wing at each end of the central core. Let’s take a closer look.