Lebold Mansion - Abilene, Kansas
At the time that these photos were taken, the Lebold Mansion in Abilene, Kansas was being restored as a show house for Victorian Interior's, an interior design & home restoration firm. As of the fall of 2010, the Mansion is now a private residence may just be viewed from the street.
The Lebold Mansion was built in 1880 at the cost of $18,000, but the original owners had the home for a only short time. Consequently, over the years, the mansion was used as a dormitory for telephone operators, an orphanage, and apartments.
The rooms are beautiful, though a little too dark and busy for my personal taste. To me, the coolest thing about the mansion is the foundation for the mansion's tower - a small domed room which served as a dugout for by the first family to settle in Abilene in 1857.
The Lebold Mansion was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
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