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Colby hospital nominated for register

Special to The Hays Daily News

St. Thomas Hospital in Colby has been nominated for the National Register of Historic Places.

The Historic Sites Board of Review voted to make the nomination at its regular quarterly meeting Nov. 3 at the Kansas Historical Society in Topeka.

The nomination will be forwarded to the office of the Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places in Washington to be evaluated by the professional staff. If they concur with the board's findings, the property will be included in the national register.

Also at the meeting, the board voted to remove from the Register of Historic Kansas Places the Sundstrom Building in Lindsborg and to recommend removal from the national register the Brookville Hotel in Brookville and the Krueger Building in Hays.

* St. Thomas Hospital was constructed in 1941 through the Works Progress Administration. The three-story hospital was designed by Kansas City architect Joseph Radotinsky in the Georgian Revival style using brick salvaged from the former high school on the same site. The facility was expanded in 1948 to include a four-story addition housing a new polio ward and emergency facilities and a two-story chapel. It is nominated as part of the New Deal-Era Resources of Kansas multiple property nomination for its significance in the areas of health and medicine.

* The Krueger Building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2006 for its local significance in the areas of architecture and entertainment history. The building was constructed in 1878-79 by William Bryon for pioneer merchants Henry Krueger and his brother Fred. They wanted a building in which they could operate a general store on the first floor and host performances and community events on the second floor. Attempts by the owner to rehabilitate it were unsuccessful, and it was demolished in August.