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Abilene in Dickinson County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

C. H. Lebold Mansion

 
 
C. H. Lebold Mansion Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., May 1, 2011
1. C. H. Lebold Mansion Marker
Inscription.  
Completed in 1880 the Lebold Mansion was built by C.H. Lebold a local banker, realtor, politician, and entrepreneur. Lebold chose the site of Abilene's first log cabin to build his 23 room home of rough hewn brown limestone blocks, from Russell County, and whitish trim stone from Ellis County. The mansion was completed at a cost of $18,000.00.

Lebold's financial empire suffered during the Depression of the 1880's, and in 1889 he was forced to turn the house over to creditors. George Sterl bought the mansion at a sheriff's sale and occupied it until 1918. Hard times soon befell the stately structure, and for the next 53 years it was used at various times as a home for telephone operators, an orphanage, and an apartment building with 15 units.

In March 1972, the road to restoration began when Kurt and Kathy Kessinger acquired the property and returned it to a single family residence. They began the early phase of restoration and placed it on the National Register of Historic Places.

In January 1975, Fred and Merle Vahsholtz acquired the property and completed the early restoration process with an extensive focus
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on the exterior and surrounding grounds. They opened the home to the public for touring in 1976.

In November 2000, the third generation of caretakers began the next phase of restoration to the mansion. Larkin Mayo and Gary Yuschalk specialists in Victorian restoration purchased the mansion and have completed the final exterior details and have returned the interior back to an 1880's decorative scheme.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureGovernment & PoliticsIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1975.
 
Location. 38° 54.926′ N, 97° 13.404′ W. Marker is in Abilene, Kansas, in Dickinson County. Marker is at the intersection of 1st Street and Vine Street, on the right when traveling west on 1st Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 106 North Vine Street, Abilene KS 67410, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of First Settlers' Home (here, next to this marker); J. E. Johntz Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Texas Street (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hotel Sunflower (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Grand Army of the Republic (approx. 0.4 miles away); D. G. Smith Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); United Building
C. H. Lebold Mansion NRHP Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., May 1, 2011
2. C. H. Lebold Mansion NRHP Marker
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Abilene.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lebold Mansion NRHP Nomination. (Submitted on November 15, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Lebold Mansion. (Submitted on November 15, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. 8 Wonders of Kansas Architecture: Lebold Mansion, Abeline. "Kansas Sampler Foundation" entry (Submitted on November 15, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 
 
C. H. Lebold Mansion and Markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., May 1, 2011
3. C. H. Lebold Mansion and Markers
C. H. Lebold Mansion image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., May 1, 2011
4. C. H. Lebold Mansion
C. H. Lebold Mansion image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., May 1, 2011
5. C. H. Lebold Mansion
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 15, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 809 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 15, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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