Sternberg Mansion 1886 Drawing
Drawing of the W.H. Sternberg Mansion in Wichita, KS, circa 1887. This drawing of the Mansion appeared in the 1887 Wichita Phone Directory. W.H. Sternberg was the most prolific builder at a time in the 1880s when Wichita by some accounts was the fastest growing city in the USA. W.H. Sternberg built buildings across the Country and today Kansas, Missouri and New York have buildings on the National Register of Historic Place that are known to have been built by Sternberg. W.H. Sternberg both designed and built buildings. It's believe the design of his own home was entirely his. This residence is unusual in that it has multiple porches on each of the first three elevations. A mixture of woods were used in the house including walnut, oak and pine. Despite years of neglect the home maintains much of its original charm including hand carved mantles, brass hardware and oak flooring and even a photo or Mr. and Mrs. Sternberg (and some family members). Present owner (04/08/2009) is open to assistance to renovate this to a historic house museum from interested parties.
UPDATE: As of 03/2010, the Historic Sternberg Mansion was selected as the "Most Endangered Historic Property in Kansas" by the Kansas Preservation Alliance. Your help is needed to save this architectural jewel from eventual demoltion.