Unusual for Topeka is the high percentage of 19th century designs which survive along the two main avenues of the district.

These are generally two or two and one-half story frame structures with multiple roof gables, varied massing that emphasizes offset projections, and large one story verandahs.

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Originally dirt thoroughfares, both avenues were subsequently paved with bricks.

Only Woodlawn Avenue retains its brick surface as Greenwood's has been asphalted.

Even when divided in half, as has occurred throughout the area, these lots are large in comparison to those occupied by residences on neighboring streets.

The residences in Potwin Place Historic District are distinguished from those in surrounding areas by virtue of design character.

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Many libraries have local newspapers on microfilm and in some cases, the obituaries will be indexed.

If distance presents a problem, try joining a Kansas mailing list for the locality and perhaps you will locate someone in the area who can do a newspaper lookup for you.

It is difficult to assign stylistic designations to these buildings.