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Waller Coolbaugh 20th Century House

Address: 421 N. Walnut
Stockton, KS 67669
Telephone Number: 785.425.7227

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The Waller Coolbaugh House in Stockton is a classical residence that, in its day, was considered to be one of the finest homes in northwestern Kansas.  The home was built in 1904 by local businessman M. J. Coolbaugh, who organized the State Bank of Stockton. 

J. A. Plowman of Jewell County was the contractor and carpenter on the home and saw to the completion in the spring of 1905 for an approximate cost of $9,000.  After its completion, it was noted in local publications that the home "has a noble exterior, graceful in design, unhampered in its effect by the usual gingerbread display."  The architect of the house was Frederic J. Klein of Peoria, Illinois, whom Mr. Coolbaugh consulted in person at his office in Peoria.  After Mr. Coolbaugh described the kind of house he wanted, the plans were elaborated by the architect and the result was the design which was given to Mr. Plowman for completion. 

The interior of the home features solid oak trim throughout, beginning with the front entrance made of richly carved massive oak doors at each side of the vestibule.  A handsome staircase leads to the floor above.  Also featured in the home are several ornate fireplaces, antique radiators and unusual nooks.

The home is now privately owned and not available for tours. Drive-by viewing only. 

contact info
Roger Hrabe, Director of Rooks County Economic Development
115 N. Walnut
Stockton, KS 67669
Phone: 785.425.6881
Fax: 785.425.6881
Chamber of Commerce
410 Main St.
Stockton, KS 67669
Phone: 785.415-2081
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