Up early, as usual, working on the Nick Chiles project. I am deep in the year of 1897 and Nick has just purchased the three story building that will be Chiles' for the next 30 years. He bought it for $6,200 from T.G. Shillinglaw and it was known as the "Case"building. I haven't looked it up yet but I am betting that it was built by the "Hib" Case--an early Topeka attorney and a cohort of James Lane (he is buried at Topeka Cemetery--Lisa Sandmeyer does a great tour which includes him).
Chiles was never one to play it safe, doing it was one thing, but advertising was a bold move. Could be called flaunting it. There were 11 furnished rooms which rented for $1.00/week. After Chiles gets the paper quite often the guest register will appear in the society pages.
Currently, this is owned by "AIM Strategies" who own several other properties downtown. From what I can tell by driving by (I may go by today for more pictures) they are not doing anything with it. Sad. When I first came to town, on the first floor was Custom Photographic--I remember taking film there (I had a Pentax K-1000--I wish I knew what I did with that camera, I would like to play around with it again--black and white rules) and get back cut sheets with the strips of negatives in a waxy paper sort of sheet and then I would use a grease pencil to indicate the photos that I wanted developed. Neat place.
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