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    George P. Washburn
    Architect (1846-1922)

    Doniphan County Courthouse

    George P. Washburn of Ottawa, Kansas was one of the leading architects in the state at the
    turn of the 20th century. He studied architecture in Quincy, Illinois at Bryant & Stratton's
    Commercial College and came to Kansas in 1870. He worked in Kansas City, Missouri as a
    carpenter and an architect for a time before setting up his own architecture practice in
    Ottawa in 1882. In 1885 he became the architect for the Kansas State Board of Charities.
    Washburn was also one of several architects that designed Kansas' Carnegie Libraries.

    Although Washburn designed all types of buildings, including residential, he is best known
    for his courthouses having designed a total of 13. During the 1890s he designed the
    Johnson, Franklin, Miami, Atchison, and Woodson County courthouses. In 1901 his son
    joined the firm and it became George P. Washburn & Son. Together, father and son
    designed the Anderson, Neosho, Doniphan, Kingman, Harper, and Butler County

    Washburn's buildings were not often representative of one architectural style, but rather a
    combination of the prevailing aesthetics of the time. He developed different combinations of
    Richarsonian Romanesque. Queen Anne, Classical Revival and Beaux Arts and the result
    was eclectic.

    In 1910 George Washburn went into semi-retirement and his son-in-law, Roy Stookey joined
    the firm with his son. Washburn died in 1922 and the firm became Washburn & Stookey.
Court House today
Court House right after
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North Side of Paola Square pre 1900
North Side of Paola Square pre 1900
Pearl Street looking North pre 1900
Peoria Street looking East pre 1900