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George C. Ropes

Born: March 12, 1831, Newbury, Vermont. Married: Sophia Amelia Toft, June 17, 1860, Boston, Massachusetts. Died: March 30, 1903, Detroit, Michigan.

George C. Ropes was born March 12, 1831, in Newbury, Vermont, to George and Miriam Johnson Ropes. The younger Ropes lived in Vermont until 1854, when he went to study architecture in Boston, Massachusetts. He married Sophia A. Taft, June 17, 1860, in Boston. Ropes remained in Boston where he worked as an architect. The Ropes family moved to Wyandotte, Kansas, in October 1877. Ropes opened his architectural firm in Kansas City. In 1879 he was hired to assist in designs for the Kansas State Capitol. When the plans were completed he became superintendent of construction. He also supervised the construction of the Topeka library building located on Capitol Square. George and Sophia Ropes had three children: Ella Elson, Alice Hayward, and George Hardy. The family moved to Lawrence, where their children attended the University of Kansas. The Ropes family later moved to St. Louis, Missouri. Sophia Ropes preceded George Ropes in death. He died March 30, 1903, in Detroit, Michigan.

Entry: Ropes, George C.

Author: Kansas Historical Society

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Date Created: February 2013

Date Modified: December 2013

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