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Eloise B. Houchens Center for Women
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Front of the house
Eloise B. Houchens Center is located in Kentucky
Eloise B. Houchens Center
Location in Kentucky
Eloise B. Houchens Center is located in the United States
Eloise B. Houchens Center
Location in the United States
Location 1115 Adams St., Bowling Green, Kentucky
Area 0 acres (0 ha)
Built 1904 (1904)
Architect Kister's Planing Mill
MPS Warren County MRA
NRHP reference No. 79003532
Added to NRHP December 18, 1979

Eloise B. Houchens Center is a Greek Revival style house in Bowling Green, Kentucky. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in June 1980.


The house was built circa 1904 by Francis L. Kister, one-time Mayor of Bowling Green, Kentucky, and a local builder of note at the turn of the century. Kister also co-built the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bowling Green. His family occupied the house for 38 years, and then the Girls Club used it as a "home away from home" for young girls for over twenty years. The Eloise B. Houchens Center for Women, Inc., a non-profit organization, was created in 1975 for the purpose of restoring and preserving the house. The interior includes inlaid wood flooring, intricately carved fireplaces and mantles downstairs, and polished woodwork throughout.

Modern use

The Houchens Center is a cultural and educational center for the Bowling Green, Kentucky community, and a meeting place for clubs, associations, and the individual patrons who make up the membership. The Center is also available to non-members for club meetings, workshops, retreats, receptions, parties and weddings. Annual events include the Trees of Christmas in December, when over 30 decorated trees adorn the house. The house is open for tours several times weekly year-round.

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