This wood structure probably dates to around 1900 – making it a late example of both the Italianate style and false-front buildings.  Located in Lebanon, Kansas, a town at the geographic center of the 48 contiguous states, the original and present uses of the building were not immediately obvious.  But I did like the building’s presence and details.  Its condition is very expressive of the atmosphere typical of small rural communities in America today.  Here are four views of the structure:


A pitched roof is clearly visible behind the modest arched cornice made of beadboard.  The main portion of the facade is clad in metal sheets stamped to resemble brick.


Missing metal sheets reveal the weathered sheathing.


The overhead door and concrete work appear to be relatively new.  The pair of doors at right are likely an early alteration.


Two types of brackets support the cornice. Molding in the arch was pieced together in segments.  The soffit is also of bead board.


Detail of cornice.


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