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Murray Hill School

Picture of property 400 West 3rd Street
Chanute (Neosho County)
Listed in National Register 2011-08-23

Architect: Williamson, Thomas W. & Loebsack, Victor H.
Category: vacant/not in use; school

The Murray Hill School, built in 1951, occupies a site that has a long association with education in Chanute. The first school was built on the site in 1887, and when it burned in December 1901, the city built a larger school on the same site. The first Murray Hill School was completed in November 1902. Population growth in the 1910s and again in the 1950s pushed the community to reassess local educational needs. The Topeka architecture firm Williamson & Loebsack, which was well known for their civic and educational designs in the 20th century, completed drawings for the new Cross School in October 1950 and the new Murray Hill School in February 1951. The two Chanute schools are very similar to each other in design and materials and reflect national trends for school design. The simple form of the Modern Movement, with minimal architectural ornament and a strong horizontal emphasis was often employed in the design of post-WWII elementary schools. The Murray Hill School retains many of its simple, Modern Movement architectural features and its historic interior configuration. In 2008, the Unified School District built a new consolidated Chanute Elementary School on the outskirts of the city and closed the three elementary schools at the end of the 2008-2009 school year.



North Topeka Baptist Church

Picture of property 123 NW Gordon
Topeka (Shawnee County)
Listed in National Register 2011-01-18

Architect: Williamson & Co.
Category: religious facility

North Topeka Baptist Church, built in 1921 and 1922, is located at the southeast corner of NW Gordon and NW Jackson streets on the western edge of the historic commercial core of North Topeka. The building was designed by Williamson and Company of Topeka and built by G. Carlson and Son contractors for $40,000. It is an example of Classical Revival architecture and features a monumental front-gable portico supported by four Corinthian columns. A key turning point in the history of this building came in 1951 when a devastating flood affected much of the Kansas River valley. Much of North Topeka was under water as the Kansas River spilled out of its banks. Water was several inches deep in the church sanctuary. The congregation salvaged what remained, remodeled the interior, and built a new Sunday school building onto the south side of the church in 1952. The building, which still serves the same congregation, was nominated for its architecture.



Sumner Elementary School

Picture of property 330 Western
Topeka (Shawnee County)
Listed in National Register 1987-05-04

National Historic Landmark, 11/6/1991

Architect: Thomas Williamson
Category: school

Sumner and Monroe elementary schools are associated with the landmark 1954 Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, and are significant in the areas of law, politics, government, and social history. In this case, student Linda Brown was refused entrance into Sumner Elementary after attempting to transfer from Monroe Elementary because she was an African American. Her father, Reverend Oliver Brown, was the principal plaintiff in the case when the suit was filed in 1951. The distance of the Monroe Elementary School from Linda Brown's home and the proximity of the Sumner Elementary School to her home was the central reason Reverend Brown agreed to be a plaintiff in the case. The US Supreme Court concluded that "separate education facilities are inherently unequal," denying legal basis for segregation in 21 states with segregated class rooms.



Topeka High School

Picture of property 800 SW 10th Ave
Topeka (Shawnee County)
Listed in National Register 2005-06-09

Architect: Williamson, Thomas W.
Category: school



Washington Grade School

Picture of property 209 South Locust St
Pittsburg (Crawford County)
Listed in National Register 2008-04-16

Architect: Thomas W. Williamson & Company
Category: school

Partially funded by the Public Works Administration, the Washington Grade School (c. 1938) was designed by Thomas W. Williamson & Company of Topeka, a firm widely known for its design of schools in Kansas. The one-story, hipped-roof, brick structure reflects the Colonial Revival style that was common in public buildings of the early 20th century, and is nominated for its association to local educational history.



Washington School

Picture of property 300 E. Myrtle Street
Independence (Montgomery County)
Listed in National Register 2015-04-14

Architect: Williamson, Thomas
Category: school

Washington School was constructed with the assistance of the federal Public Works Administration (PWA) and officially opened January 3, 1940. The two-story building is constructed of architectural concrete and reflects the early Modern Movement in architecture, defined by its stepped rectangular massing and clean lines with contrasting forms. Entrances feature curved concrete walls and railings characteristic of the Art Moderne style. The school was designed by Thomas W. Williamson and Co., a Topeka-based firm with hundreds of public school commissions. Washington School served the community of Independence as a public grade school until 2011. It was nominated as part of the "Historic Public Schools of Kansas" and "New Deal-Era Resources of Kansas" multiple property nominations in the areas of education and architecture.



Williamson, Roy, House

Picture of property 1865 Edwardsville Dr
Edwardsville (Wyandotte County)
Listed in National Register 2007-04-18

Architect: Roy Williamson
Category: single dwelling

The Roy Williamson House (c. 1909) is significant as a vernacular example of an Arts-and-Crafts-era stone house and for its associations with local agriculture and horticulture history. In addition to the stone house, the three-acre property includes a barn constructed of hand-hewn beams, several important historic ornamental and horticultural landscape features and a designed landscape. The property retains its early twentieth century character-defining elements that reflect the creativity and talent of its longtime occupants. Williamson was a self-taught horticulturalist and designed the landscape surrounding his house.



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