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Carl G. Ossmann Papers, Architectural Plans, and Records

Creator: Ossmann, Carl G. (Carl Gerhardt), 1911-2002

Date: 1949-1995

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: Unavailable

Unit ID: 47069

Restrictions: None

Biographical sketch: Carl G. Ossmann was registered architect 49 in the state of Kansas, serving as Shawnee County's architect during the 1990s, and as a former Kansas state architect when appointed to the position in 1977 by Governor Robert F. Bennett. He was born on April 28, 1911, in Concordia, Kansas, to parents who immigrated from Germany. He attended Concordia schools and Kansas State Agricultural College, now Kansas State University, in Manhattan. He operated Ossmann Associates, an architectural firm located in Topeka, Kansas.

Ossmann was involved in several remodeling projects of the Shawnee County Courthouse, and did the design work when a fourth floor was added to the north wing during the 1990s. He also designed the Northwest Kansas Medical Center in Goodland and several nursing homes across the state. His work also included several Boogaarts grocery stores during the decades when that chain was expanding rapidly across Kansas, the student recreation center at Kansas State University in Manhattan, the Topeka Fire Department's Station 10 at 2010 S.W. 37th and the former Polk Elementary School, also in Topeka, between 12th and Huntoon on Polk, now part of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas.

Additionally, he raised Angus cattle for about forty years. Ossmann died on January 15, 2002, at the age of 90.

[Topeka Capital-Journal. "Carl G. Ossmann." http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4179/is_20020118/ai_n11778975/ (accessed December 14, 2009).]

Abstract: This collection contains architectural drawings, project specifications, project and subject files, and promotional photographs and slides of Carl G. Ossmann of Ossmann Associates, Inc., Topeka, Kansas. The majority of the drawings are for courthouses, groceries, schools, educational parks, hospitals, medical buildings, nursing homes, businesses, and homes. Ossmann's remodeling of the Shawnee County Courthouse is well-documented among the drawings. The project specifications are documents describing the narrative of various projects, including work flow, contractors and sub-contractors, materials used, time line, insurance, payment specifications, bidding, and other important information specific to each project. The collection also includes project and subject files containing correspondence, memoranda, notes, vouchers, and other documents discussing each project. These are labeled by project title or labeled by topic of interest. Also included are promotional photographs and slides of various buildings.

Summary: These forty-four architectural drawings show mechanical and structure details of the Topeka Convalescent Center in Topeka, Kansas.

Space Required/Quantity: 94.87 cubic feet

Title (Main title): Carl G. Ossmann Papers, Architectural Plans, and Records

Titles (Other):

  • Topeka Convalescent Center, Topeka, Kansas

Scope and Content

Portions of Collection Not Separately Described:

  1. Sheet 1
  2. Sheet 2
  3. Sheet 3
  4. Sheet 4
  5. Sheet 5
  6. Sheet 6
  7. Sheet 7
  8. Sheet 8
  9. Sheet 9
  10. Sheet 10
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Locator Contents
009-03-04-00  Map Collection: c. 1973-1989: public buildings, churches, schools, several Boogaart buildings, medical buildings, businesses, educational buidlings 
009-04-04-00  Map Collection: c. 1968-1993: medical centers, nursing homes, private homes, businesses, educational buildings, Shawnee County Courthouse 
009-05-04-00  Map Collection: c. 1982-1993: Riley elementary school USD 378, nursing homes, medical buidlings, Shawnee County Courthouse, apartments, businesses, Boogaarts Supermarket of Clay Center, Franklin County Courthouse and Jail, Kansas State Penitentiary 
009-06-04-00  Map Collection: c. 1990-1993: grocery stores, courthouses, Lawrence Paper Co., Shawnee County Courthouse, Emporia Fire Department, Topeka Arab Temple, etc. 
009-07-04-00  Shawnee County Courthouse 
013-01-04-00  Map Collection: c. 1978-1984: nursing homes, Brookside Manor, Boogarts in Hays, medical buildings, schools, apartments, businesses 
013-01-04-00  Map Collection: c. 1978-1984: nursing homes, Brookside Manor, Boogarts in Hays, medical buildings, schools, apartments, businesses 
018-01-08-01 to 018-01-08-03  c. 1963-1995: Specifications, files, photographs, slides 
018-02-08-01 to 018-02-08-03  c. 1963-1995: Specifications, files, photographs, slides 
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Related Records or Collections

Associated materials: Associated materials in the Maps collection, including from the Sherwood Smith and Michael Jackson collections (UIDs 219698 and 219699).

Index Terms


    Ossmann Associates, Inc.
    Ossmann Associates, Inc. -- Records and correspondence
    Architectural drawings
    Ossmann, Carl G. (Carl Gerhardt), 1911-2002
    Architects -- Kansas
    Architectural firms -- Kansas -- Topeka
    Business enterprises -- Kansas -- Designs and plans
    Courthouses -- Kansas -- Designs and plans
    Courthouses -- Kansas -- Shawnee County -- Designs and plans
    Education parks -- Kansas -- Designs and plans
    Groceries -- Kansas -- Designs and plans
    Hospitals -- Kansas -- Designs and plans
    Nursing homes -- Kansas -- Designs and plans
    School buildings -- Kansas -- Designs and plans

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