A Lost Thing of Great Beauty
Today, on the NE corner of 12th Street and State, Emporia, is a church. The church, completed in 1948, replaced an extraordinary house, one of the finest in Emporia. The house was designed by architect Harry Jones, of Minneapolis.
The house was commissioned by G. W. Newman, who owned Newman’s department store in the city.
The 1892 Newman House and the 1894 Cross House share characteristics:
– round towers.
– octagon towers.
– paired porch columns
– prominent limestone foundations.
– a porte-cochère.
The Newman House was comparable in scale to the Cross House.
It pains me to look at the above images and know that this fabulous structure was just smashed to bits.
Recently, somebody told me that many interior fittings were remove from the house, and installed in a new home in Emporia. Who told me this? I cannot remember. Which new house? I cannot remember.
Is the story true?
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