Mansion memories: A look at Kansas' first governor's mansion

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OCT. 30 1963 FILE PHTO MANSION FINDS BUYER- The state's former executive mansion at 8th and Buchanan goes on the block for the second time as Kenneth Crews, austioneer at left, drums up bids Tuesday afternoon. Seated by Crews is Paul shanahan, secretary of state. Center at top is an unsuccesful bidder, Donald A. Seltsam, Topeka realtor. Below him is one of the buyers, Sam Cohen, who purchased the property with his brother, Ralph Cohen, and George Emery Jr. At right the crowd watches the auction.

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Jan. 16, 1965 FILE PHOTO Wrecking of the old Executive Mansion at 8th and Buchanan is continuing, but the tower on the northeast corner still stands. The Successful bidders on the property plan to use the tower over the entrance of the Rmada Inn. They plan to construct an apartment house on the site of the old mansion in the near future.

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DEC. 29 1964 FILE PHOTO The shell of the old governor's mansion at 8th and Buchanan looms behind a pile of burning rubbish and tree limbs. Workmen are razing the old structure.

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MARCH 22, 1960 FILE PHOTO SNOW CRUSHES MANSION'S CARPORT - Mrs. Virginia Docking looks out a window at the Executive Manion, surveying damage caused Monday night when snow crushed the carport on the south side of the governor's residence. The weight of packed snow, ice and huge icicles pulled the carport away from the mansion and dumped it into the driveway off Buchanan. The unpainted portion of the mansion's brick exterior shows where the carport was attached.

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Sep. 5, 1964 FILE PHOTO lANDMARK COMES DOWN - Workers for Champney wrecking Co. begin the job of demolishing what has been called the best-known residence in Kansas - the former Executive Mansion at 8th and buchanan-home of governors from 1901to 1962. The sstate moved into the present Executive Mansion at Cedar Crest.

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By the 1950's the mansion was ornamented with full-grown landscaping and many coats of white paint.

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Nov. 1, 1964 FILE PHOTO Returning last week for a final nostalgic look at the governor's mansion are the children of Gov. and Mrs. John Anderson, who called the mansion home for several months. In the front drawing room are David and Kerry, with John III pausing at the entrance hall.

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June 19 1963 FILE PHOTO His efforts in Vain - after nearly an hour of coaxing before a crowd of about 200 persons, Kenneth Crews, Topeka auctioneer shown here, failed in his attempt to sell the state's old executive mansion for at least $30,000. There were no bids. The only sales at 801 Buchanan Tuesday afternoon were minor items. The brought $355.

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Governors Mansion 8th and Buchanan

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Feb. 1 1965 FILE PHOTO Looking like the latest style headgear for a giant, the cap from the tower section of the former executive mansion at Eighth and Buchanan is lowered carefully to the ground Monday morning. It will be added to the nearly completed first secton of the Ramada Inn. The toweris the last portion of the old mansion to be torn down.

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At the turn of the century, the Bennett home was bought by the state for use as the executive mansion.

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This is the location of the former Gov. mansion at 8th and Buchanan. (Thad Allton/The Capital-Journal)

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One of the curved glass windows from the former governor's mansion now in the Ramada. (Thad Allton/The Capital-Journal)

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The Curved glass window at the entrance to the Mansion Rooms at the Ramada is from the former governor's mansion. (Thad Allton/The Capital-Journal)

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The fireplace mantel from the vestibule of the former goveronors mansion is on display at the Ramada Topeka Downtown Hotel and Convention Center. (Thad Allton/The Capital-Journal)

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The staircase in the Grand Ballroom at the Ramada Downtown Hotel and Convention Center. (Thad Allton/The Capital-Journal)

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The staircase and fireplace from the former governor's mansion are among the items that Samuel Cohen salvaged and incorporated into the Ramada Inn and can still be seen there today. (Thad Allton/The Capital-Journal)


The former governor’s residence at 801 S.W. Buchanan has been gone for more than half a century. But parts remain at the downtown Ramada.

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