White House demolition starts soon

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on Friday, February 23, 1962.

The spirit of Topeka Urban Renewal Project seems to have carried itself onto the Washburn campus. Demolition was begun this week on the “White House,” long home of Washburn’s presidents.

The colonial striation located at 1701 Boswell, was completed in 1903 and has served as the home for four former presents, Dr. Plass, Dr. Saunders, Dr. Wormer, and Dr. Stoffer. 

When constructed the building was one of the most advanced in the city. It had both electric lights and indoor plumbing. The years have taken their toll. The foundation is crumbling, the beams are split, and the kitchen is inadequate.

It has been estimated that the cost of repairing the often remodled structure would exceed that of replacement.

The decision was made to do away with the fifty-nine year old residence and find a new one for Washburn’s new president.

The new home at 1626 Jewell will be large enough and sturdy enough to accommodate the Sponbergs and their five children.

They expect to occupy it in June of this year.