Historic home in Topeka to go up for auction

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka house that preservationists say is an important architectural structure from pre-World War I will go up for auction June 25.

The Dillon House, which is across the street from the Kansas Statehouse, features Renaissance-style architecture and the first electric elevator in a Topeka home. Banker and lawyer Hiram Price Dillon moved into the home in 1914. The state acquired the property in 1998.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Oklahoma-based AmeriBid LLC will conduct the auction.

The home’s appraised value is $448,500.

Two bids were made on the house in February but state officials determined they were below the fair market value.

A bill introduced during the 2010 legislative session that would have allowed the Kansas Arts Commission to raise $4.6 million to restore the house fell through.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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