By Daniel W. Edwards and Richard W. Ward
This book is an architectural and social history of a unique 19th century mansion. It tells the story of Estemere’s owners and families and the various ways the estate has been utilized from the time it was built. It has been the vacation home of a millionaire mine owner and operator, Eben Smith, and his family; hosted a summer school for a Kansas college, a camp for underprivileged girls; a weaving school for women during the New Deal; a tourist lodge; and several times a private residence. The history includes details of the estate’s construction, renovations, and restorations.
Softcover book: 220 pages with illustrations, primarily photographs, throughout.