Fort Riley Friday Spotlight

By Jayson Henderson


In this week’s #FortRileyFriday spotlight, the historic Quarters 1 on Barry Avenue, also known as the Commanding General’s house, takes center stage. Completed in 1888, this distinguished residence was initially designated as the Cavalry Post Commanding General’s abode, back when Fort Riley’s Main Post encompassed separate cavalry and artillery posts.

Quarters 1 boasts an architectural marvel, featuring limestone walls, a sturdy foundation, wood and concrete floors, and a slate roof. Its design showcases Queen Anne style with distinctive Richardsonian Romanesque detailing. An impressive third-floor balcony offered the commanding general an unobstructed view of troops drilling on the parade field along Forsyth Avenue.

Today, 1 Barry Avenue continues to serve as the private residence for Fort Riley’s current commanding general.

Additionally, #FortRileyFriday highlights Quarters 123 on Huebner Road, dating back to 1855, one of the oldest structures on post. Originally serving as the post chaplain’s residence, it played a pivotal role during the cholera outbreak of 1855, functioning as a hospital. This historical building, with its smooth stone exterior, holds a rich and storied past.

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