The “Skyscraper” Leaks!

“The “Skyscraper of the Plains” (a.k.a. The Ness County Bank Building) has a problem and needs your help” as written by Ila Fritzler, President of the Ness County Bank Building Foundation, Inc. in a letter to the editor of the Ness County News, Thursday, February 20, 2020, Vol. 136, Issue 13.

The 1984 formation of the Ness County Bank Building Foundation began the restoration of the bank building. The roof was one of the first items attended to but 35 years have passed and leaks have developed.

The letter states the foundation’s responsibility is to maintain the building and raise funds for its operation. The foundation receives no tax money and must rely on gifts and donations to fill its coffer. In the past, Ila reports the foundation has several Heritage Trust Fund Grants. However, the foundation has been notified 57 applications for grants were submitted with only 13 grants awarded. The Ness County Bank Building Foundation was not one of the 13.

All donations are appreciated and are tax deductible. Please send donations to:

The Ness County Bank Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 285, Ness City, Kansas 67560.

Help keep this treasured, National Register of Historic Places listed building the showcase it is. When completed, it was the tallest building between Topeka, Kansas and Denver, Colorado. The link below displays the National Register of Historic Places entry for the bank building:

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