James C. Holland was a brilliant architect who designed many of the
significant buildings of the era.
Mr. Holland was born in a 'log cabin' and eventually be became the
State Architect of Kansas which was one of the leading metropolitan
areas of the country during the 1875 -1915 time period.
He is credited with the design for many of the most important public
buildings in Kansas and many of the surviving buildings are now on the
National Register of Historical Places.
The skyline of Topeka is primarily one of Mr. Holland's architectural
vision, but he had also designed and supervised the construction of 16
different court house buildings in Kansas as
well as many churches, jails, schools, a railway station and other
important business buildings in Kansas and other states.
This beautiful spoon was probably created by Gorham Silver as a
tribute to Mr. Holland upon his death.
I also happen to have a few spoons which show some of Mr. Hollands
1. Engraved Court House, Marion, Kansas
2. Engraved Court House, Fairbury, Nebraska
3. Embossed Court House, Fairbury, Nebraska
Court House, Marion, Kansas
Engraved and Embossed views of the Fairbury, Nebraska Court House
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