Wilder House - Fort Scott Downtown Historic District - Fort Scott, Ks
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N 37° 50.504 W 094° 42.377
15S E 349865 N 4189626
Quick Description: This is a three story brown brick building located at 2-4 South Main in Fort Scott, Kansas.
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 12/29/2012 9:03:44 PM
Waymark Code: WMG0T6
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Long Description:
From the National Register Application:
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". 2-4 S. Main Street 14-20 E. Wall Street. Wilder House, 1863, 1948, Modern style. Inventory: 011-1830-00056 Status: contributing.
191. Description: This is a rectangular three-story brick commercial building with a five-bay front. It has a flat roof and parapet. There are two asymmetrical storefronts, each with a recessed central entrance flanked by display windows. Although the structure is the oldest extant building on Main Street, the present contemporary brick facade dates from 1948. On the second floor, masonry openings have smooth-cut stone sills and raised brick surrounds. The windows have nine lights with a central operable hatch sash. There is a name stone centered in the upper eave cornice surmounted by a raised brick soldier course and a tile parapet cap. Windows on the second and third floors in the north (Wall Street) facade are 8-light paired casements. There is a "Wilder House" sign centered on the north parapet. To the west, the rear two-story block retains original brick detailing and arched masonry window openings on the second floor.

Alterations to the main first floor storefronts include contemporary paneled bulkheads, display windows and entrance doors. There is a non-historic fabric awning.

History: The historic Wilder House Hotel was constructed in 1863 making it the oldest building on Main Street. It was the third hotel in Fort Scott. Earlier hotels in the town were converted buildings on the site of Fort Scott. According to C. W. Goodlander, in the spring of 1862, George Dimon decided to build a hotel; so he made brick where the old glassworks were, on the Peter Redinger farm and commenced building the building that is now occupied by Horace Cohn. When Wall White owned the building, it was called White's Hotel. The Wilder House was named for Carter Wilder, a brother of the journalist Daniels Webster Wilder. For many years, it was known as one of the best hotels west of the Mississippi.

In 1889, the building housed Henry Hall, a barber, and the Fort Scott Towel Company. By 1896, Ernich and Cohn, confectioners, and the Fort Scott Rapid Transfer Railway Company were listed at 2 S. Main. In 1905 Prichard Brothers Drug Store occupied the storefront and that use continued until after 1990. In 1889, J. H. Little, tailor, occupied 4 S. Main. By 1898, the storefront housed a restaurant and that continued until circa 1938. It was Smith's Cafe from 1917 until circa 1938. From 1947 until 1976, this store was occupied by the McCrum-Maupin Shoes, Glenn Maupin and Douglas McCrum proprietors. The storefronts facing Wall Street were occupied by a variety of small businesses including a jewelry store at 14 E. Wall from 1915 to circa 1990. According to local resident Gordon Hurst, the front and part of the north side façade were covered with orange brick in 1948. The front and northeast side window openings and windows were altered at this time.

Integrity: Although the facade of the Main Street facade has been covered with twentieth century brick, that alteration is characteristic of the contemporary architectural style of the time. The change occurred within the period of significance. Despite these alterations, the building retains sufficient architectural integrity to be listed as a contributing resource."
Name of Historic District (as listed on the NRHP): Fort Scott Downtown Historic District - Fort Scott, Ks

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2-4 S Main Ft. Scott, Ks. 66701

How did you determine the building to be a contributing structure?: Narrative found on the internet (Link provided below)

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