This page is about Emporia-related restorations. Or Emporia-related real-estate needing restoration. Or Emporia-related real-estate that I just like. Or just cool stuff in Emporia.
Emporia, Kansas, is a city of 25,000 people, and right in the middle of America.
I have always liked the name Emporia. It has a nice 19th-century flavor.
The Emporia Gazette recently did an article about the new owner of Plumb Place. To my surprise, I was quoted, even though I gave no interview for the article. The article stated this: “MacTaggart hoped someone else would win the bidding for the mansion.” This stunned me. For, I have never written as such. In…Continue Reading
This is my 13th, and final, post trying to save Plumb Place. A final round of five bids were accepted for consideration by a judge. All were above ask, a significant improvement from the low-ball offer previously accepted. I had spoken with one of the these final-round bidders. He impressed me with his knowledge…Continue Reading
This is my 12th post trying to save Plumb Place. Today, I attended a meeting of the city council where the zoning appeal of Plumb Place was considered. Eli Fowler made an offer on the property in December, an offer contingent on getting a zoning change. His offer was accepted. In March, the zoning…Continue Reading
This is my 11th post trying to save Plumb Place. I keep hearing that the roof of Plumb Place was heavily damaged in a hail storm and requires a huge amount of $$$ repairs. The first I heard of this was when a bid was offered in December, and by you-know-who. He later reduced…Continue Reading
This is my tenth post trying to save Plumb Place About a week ago something significant happened. The listing agent for Plumb Place suddenly became response. She stopped telling people offers were not being considered. She began returning calls. She even showed the property! Gadzooks! And by all accounts the receiver, Kevin Flott, has…Continue Reading
This is my eighth post trying to save Plumb Place. This past Friday, Michael wrote me: Today the realtor replied to me that, because one person has been trying to buy this for several months, “the seller feels somewhat loyal to them”. I was in utter disbelief. Seller feels loyal to one offer?!?! If…Continue Reading
This is my seventh post on the Plumb mansion. This last week has been dizzying for many reasons but one thing struck me: how many people are “experts” in what the house needs. Here’s one comment: “The roof require[s] total replacement at a horrendous cost.” Here’s the roof:Continue Reading
This is my sixth post trying to stop the historic Plumb Mansion from being stolen in plain sight. The property has no owner at the moment. It is in limbo. It does though have a receiver, who is the de facto owner. Today, he confirmed that the information being given out by the listing agent,…Continue Reading
This is my fifth post on the Plumb Mansion. In a previous post, this was the headline: Plumb Place: Why Is This House Being Hidden? It now appears that the situation is much much worse than I could have imagined. For, it now seems that the Plumb mansion is being stolen in plain…Continue Reading
FFS. This is my fourth post about the fabulous Plumb Place. I keep having to do posts due to the scandalous nature of how the sale of the Plumb Mansion has been handled. I detailed this previously. Last Friday, the mansion was finally listed on multiple listing service (MLS), which is the absolute standard for…Continue Reading
The Plumb mansion sits across the street from my Cross House. That such a fine mansion was in immediate proximity to the Cross House had a lot to do with my buying the latter. Today, after surviving for about 150 years, and after after serving the public for a century, the Plumb mansion is…Continue Reading
Across the street from my house is Plumb Place, one the finest houses in Emporia. It was built by Senator Preston and Carrie Plumb. After Preston died, Carrie significantly enlarged the mansion over a period of many years. In 1920, after Carrie’s death, the Plumb children donated the mansion to the YWCA to be used…Continue Reading
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 1892 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…Continue Reading
In 1967, during a launch rehearsal, a fire killed the three astronauts in the command module of Apollo 1. During the investigative hearings, Frank Borman stated that the tragedy was due to a failure of imagination. A failure of imagination. He explained that NASA had taken into account the many dangers posed to the crew while in space,…Continue Reading
I had no idea. I did love the decoration of the club. Those gas/electric chandeliers! The table in the foreground! The patterned wallpapers! I was also interested in the brightly lighted area to the right. An atrium? My curiosity aroused, I contacted my friend Steve, who was born and raised in Emporia, and is…Continue Reading
Most people will run screaming from this house. But the fire damage, as you can see, is minimal and mostly contained to the north side of the attic. From what I can tell, the roof…Continue Reading
Damn. Damn, damn, damn. Why am I not a zillionaire? For, if I were, I would be saving the world’s architectural heritage. Damn. The other day young Brian and Bailey asked me if I wanted to go look at 810 Mechanic in Emporia. My heart instantly raced, as I had previously identified 810 as…Continue Reading
I have been trying to buy 618 for 2-1/2-years. It is just north of the Cross House, and is by the same architect, Charles Squires. Squires lived right behind 618. In 2014, I offered the owner $20K. He countered with $30K. Which I didn’t have. In 2015 I offered $10K (all I had). He…Continue Reading