Kansas was not heavily populated when it achieved statehood in 1861 – at roughly the same that the Greek Revival style fell from favor in all but the most rural areas of the nation. So it’s not a surprise that the few examples of the style found in the state tend to be in the first-settled eastern portion. But it is a surprise to find an example in the north-central part of the state. I was delighted to discover one yesterday in the the small town of Scandia which can trace its origins back to 1868.
Though the style was really pretty much washed up by then, it’s possible that this example could have been built as late as the 1870’s. The house has not come through time unscathed, however; it is buried in vinyl siding, has had its windows replaced and the front porch is likely from the 20th century. To date, it is the western-most example of the Greek Revival style I have found in Kansas (and the latest).
I literally slammed on the brakes when I saw the beefy corner pilaster! The vinyl subdued – but did not hide – the frieze band and cornice returns. Here are a few images:
Here is the gable end of an unaltered Greek Revival – the gable ends of the house in Scandia once looked similar to this: