I was thinking, after reading in the Journal-World about the Alf Landon home in Independence, that the mansion where he lived in Topeka was used by Kansas governors and has been sold. Will there ever be a governor's mansion in Topeka again?
There is. Since 1962, Cedar Crest has been the home of Kansas governors and their families. The French country chateau on a wooded hilltop west of Topeka was built in 1928 by Topeka newspaper publisher Frank P. MacLennan. The home was bequeathed to the state in 1955 by his widow. In 1982, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. By the mid-1990s, the historic home was showing its age, and the Legislature approved a multimillion-dollar renovation that was completed in 2000. Landon's former home in Topeka was bought by former Wester Energy executive David Wittig, who is said to have spent $6 million to renovate it.