This Thursday Door is not currently on any historical registry, but listed on a ‘Walking Tour’ guide of Lawrence, Kansas. This is the home of Joseph McConnell, built in 1892. A really lovely home to pass by! (I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned I’m a bit partial to yellow homes.)
Described as a 2.5-story domestic building in the Eclectic style. Frame Style with wet-laid stone foundation. Siding is original clapboard. (This means No Vinyl Siding!!) Its cross gable roof is covered with asphalt shingles.
The old post and the brick-lined street are just another endearing part of the historical era that Lawrence has made efforts to keep. A great example for other cities to follow. Hint, Hint, Sedalia, Missouri.
Returning this week to Thursday Doors with a share from Lawrence, Kansas. This is the historical home of Samuel A. Riggs. Built in Italian Villa style popular in the East during the time. It shares company with a very small number that survived the raid of Quantrill and his raiders in 1863. It was under construction at the time and had not been occupied. The brick walls stood the test of the fire and the owner repaired it and was able to move into it a year later in 1864. It was their residence for the next 50 years. Moving to Michigan in later years, they still retained ownership until 1931. In its history it was also a hospital during WWI and has only been sold once, still owned by the widow of KU Professor, Austin Turney. For more interesting reading on the history of this beautiful home, check out kshs.org. So much to tell. If only these doors could talk!
The next time we drive by here, I’ll hopefully get a good picture of the view down the road this home is on. There is a perfect view of Frazier Hall on the KU campus and it really appears very striking in the distance. Traffic just was not letting this happen on this particular day unfortunately.
“Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy forefathers have set.”
During the month of April, I’m participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge for my 4th year in a row – 3 of which are on this blog. Each day, except Sundays, there will be a post for the letter of the day as well as keeping with my personal theme of Quilts and Quotes. Feel free to leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you! Also check out the other A to Z’ers in the comment section of the Official A to Z Blog Page.
The Missouri Star block is another Civil War era block. A story of Mattie Lykins Bingham is a popular one associated with Missouri during that time in history. She was a Southern sympathizer married to a Unionist who happened to be a Kansas City banker as well. The story goes that she was suspected of spying for the Confederates and in particular blamed for what led to the Quantrell raid of Lawrence, Kansas. Quantrell and his men claim to have burned the town of Lawrence in an act of retalliation.
Historically the block name was given by the Nancy Cabot column in the 1933 Chicago Tribune.
This one required a bit of pinning to match up the lines. If you ever attempt sewing/quilting, don’t sew over your pins. (My tip of the day.)
I present a quote from a Missourian from the opposite side of our state:
“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” Maya Angelou
I can hear her voice when I read that 🙂
Join me again tomorrow for more of the April A to Z Blog Challenge 2017!
It seemed I was going to have a “School” look to my Thursday Doors entry this week. We’d been spending the first half of our weekend on yard work, namely emptying the compost corral. And the second half got off to a late start even after missing church in the A.M.
So once arriving at our Sunday afternoon destination, we were entertained with a lil’ tour of our daughter’s shared office space. As she reads this she is cringing while wondering if I’m going to put her picture in here. But a promise is a promise and I will refrain from letting you see her and her office mate in today’s blog. Maybe they’ll model for me another time? So I made a collage to show you instead.
Looks like a typical set of school doors right?
then we had dinner.
And I found hope for this post.
Not exactly what I would have expected to use in my weekly entry except for the frost decorating they did to set their business apart. Port Fonda was an excellent choice made by our daughter for the evening meal.
And here’s a better view of that decorative glass across from me at the table.
For those of us who celebrate Halloween, this felt kind of fitting on this Thursday Doors ahead of that observance.
Click the link below and find Norm’s blue button at the bottom of his Doors post for more outstanding entries.
Well just across the street, there was a set of doors pointed out to me by my hubby.
Right there next to the Kansas Sampler is the entryway to a lovely fabric store.
Luckily, you don’t see me in that reflection, but there is plenty of that mirror effect. That tends to happen with glass. The doors are still pretty though.
I left this inside-the-door shot rather large in case you would like to peruse the jam-packed fabric tables,the more-than-ample book selection, the adorable pajama set or that lovely tin ceiling. I was focused where you see the arrow; the fat quarter assortment. The daughter and I chose a few to use for some future baskets or other things. Like maybe ‘quilt blocks’??
I have been admiring from afar the Thursday Door posts for quite some time. There are so many great ones out there. I’m about to hop aboard with one of my own. I’ll hope to make it a regular feature and try to be half as good as the challenge host. Thanks by the way for such great inspiration!
Entrance to Rachel’s house.
Last Monday and Tuesday were spent moving furniture and belongings to my daughter’s first apartment. She’s off to grad school and we are so-o-o-o proud around here.
Momma Brag moment #1 million.
The home is divided into apartments and was built around 1902. Lots of character inside! Lawrence Kansas, you’d better be good to my little girl.