Emporia Downtown Historic District

Generally bounded by 10th Ave on the North, 3rd Ave on the South, Mechanic St on the East and Merchant St on the West

This is the Downtown area of Emporia, Kansas

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Description 

From the National Register application: http://www.kshs.org/resource/national_register/nominationsNRDB/Lyon_EmporiaDowntownHistoricDistrict.pdf

"The architecture of downtown Emporia is reflective of various periods of development. Emporia was founded in 1857. As evidenced by historic photographs, downtown was already showing signs of permanency in the late 1860s, by which time two- and three-story masonry Italianate buildings had already been built. As evidenced in historic Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, downtown expanded outward from its historic center at 6th and Commercial, the location of the town’s original building. "

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District (10,187)
In operation (1,818)
Kansas (1,281)
Lyon County, Kansas (16)

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  • August 10, 2014: Added by iconions

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Emporia Downtown Historic District
Posted December 31, 2016, by Athena Pagedas (apagedas [at] wi [dot] rr [dot] com)

The building on 506 Commercial St. use to be a Topic Cafe in

late 1920's. There were two brothers Gust Pagedas, James Pagedas, cousin Sam Perdaris, and Christ Anagnostopoulos were the owners of the Topic Cafe. They used to live upstairs when they were single. Will Roger used to stop by at the Topic Cafe for a cup of coffee. William Allen White also was a customer.

After World War II was over,the Topic Cafe gave free dinner to the welcome home soldiers. Topic Cafe was closed in 1947 and Rothfelder purchased Topic Cafe and renamed as Rothfelder Cafe.

Emporia Downtown Historic District
Posted December 31, 2016, by Athena Pagedas (apagedas [at] wi [dot] rr [dot] com)

The building on 506 Commercial St. use to be a Topic Cafe in

late 1920's. There were two brothers Gust Pagedas, James Pagedas, cousin Sam Perdaris, and Christ Anagnostopoulos were the owners of the Topic Cafe. They used to live upstairs when they were single. Will Roger used to stop by at the Topic Cafe for a cup of coffee. William Allen White also was a customer.

After World War II was over,the Topic Cafe gave free dinner to the welcome home soldiers. Topic Cafe was closed in 1947 and Rothfelder purchased Topic Cafe and renamed as Rothfelder Cafe.