Photo, Print, Drawing Fletcher-Switzer House, Washington & Second Streets, Nicodemus, Graham County, KS

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Title
Fletcher-Switzer House, Washington & Second Streets, Nicodemus, Graham County, KS
Contributor Names
Historic American Buildings Survey, creator
Fletcher, Z T
Switzer, Fred
Switzer, Ora
St. Francis Hotel
Fly, La Barbara Wigfall, field team
Hamilton, Kenneth M, field team
Prucha, Marion L, field team
Van Dyke, Bettina C, field team
Everett, J Keith, project manager
Tiller, deTeel Patterson, project manager
Fraser, Clayton B, photographer
McNamara, Richard W, delineator
Parr, Ruth K, delineator
Fly, Everett L, delineator
Created / Published
Documentation compiled after 1933
Subject Headings
-  houses
-  hotels
-  domestic life
-  Kansas -- Graham County -- Nicodemus
Latitude / Longitude
39.39254,-99.61477
Notes
-  See HABS No. KS-49 for list of structures that are contributing to the historic district & fieldnotes.
-  Significance: The Fletcher-Switzer site was an important focus of activity on the Nicodemus town-site. The existing house and outbuildings are remnants of a complex with historic origins and functions. The house is one of the few remaining examples of early residential architecture left on the town-site. The first owner of the site was Z.T. Fletcher who was secretary of the colony which arrived in Nicodemus in July 1877. He and his wife lived in a dugout on the northwest corner of Block 12; Lot 12. There he opened a post office and she ran a school. In 1880, Fletcher built the St. Francis Hotel on Lot 10 and a livery stable on Lots 13 and 14. A limestone structure was eventually built around the dugout where they continued the post office until 1886 and ran an emporium while living in a residence on Block 14. After rail service failed to materialize, he sold his town lots to the original promoter, W.R. Hill, but continued to run the businesses. The site reverted to Graham County for a time but was bought back into the family in the 1920's by Fred Switzer, a great nephew raised by the Fletchers. When Switzer married Ora Wellington in 1921 they made the hotel their home. He farmed in the township and she ran a restaurant in the residence and later rented out the bunk house.
-  Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: FN-6
-  Survey number: HABS KS-49-G
-  Building/structure dates: 1880 Initial Construction
-  Building/structure dates: ca. 1921 Subsequent Work
-  National Register of Historic Places NRIS Number: 76000820
Medium
Photo(s): 5
Measured Drawing(s): 9
Photo Caption Page(s): 1
Call Number/Physical Location
HABS KANS,33-NICO,1-G-
Source Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Control Number
ks0124
Rights Advisory
No known restrictions on images made by the U.S. Government; images copied from other sources may be restricted. https://www.loc.gov/rr/print/res/114_habs.html
Online Format
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Chicago citation style:

Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator, Z T Fletcher, Fred Switzer, Ora Switzer, St. Francis Hotel, La Barbara Wigfall Fly, Kenneth M Hamilton, et al., Fraser, Clayton B, photographer. Fletcher-Switzer House, Washington & Second Streets, Nicodemus, Graham County, KS. Kansas Nicodemus Graham County, 1933. Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/ks0124/.

APA citation style:

Historic American Buildings Survey, C., Fletcher, Z. T., Switzer, F., Switzer, O., St. Francis Hotel, Fly, L. B. W. [...] Fly, E. L., Fraser, C. B., photographer. (1933) Fletcher-Switzer House, Washington & Second Streets, Nicodemus, Graham County, KS. Kansas Nicodemus Graham County, 1933. Documentation Compiled After. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/ks0124/.

MLA citation style:

Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator, et al., photographer by Fraser, Clayton B. Fletcher-Switzer House, Washington & Second Streets, Nicodemus, Graham County, KS. Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/ks0124/>.

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