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The historic Howell House dates back to 1883 when it was built by George Howell. Mr. Howell was a lumber baron who brought the first lumber business to Downs in 1879. He built the Lipton Hotel, which is located in downtown Downs. The hotel was originally named Howell House.

After the Howells, the house was occupied by the Huff family. James Huff was a Downs banker. Following the Huffs, Dr. Tasso Felix and his family lived in the home.

The house was converted into apartments thereafter and remained that way until its recent restoration. Stephen and Joan Heide purchased the house in 1998 and began the complete renovation of the interior. The first guests were welcomed to the Howell House in July of 2000.


This drawing depicts the Howell House in 1884.

The following was taken directly from the Hand Book of Osborne County, Kansas, which was printed in 1884:

"The elegant residence of G.W. Howell in Downs cost, with its ample surroundings, spacious and sightly carriage barn, etc., all of which are portrayed in the pages of this work, about $10,000. Mr. Howell is a native of Illinois and came to Downs from Maryville, Mo., where he was also engaged in the lumber business under the same style, five years ago."


Pictured is Dr. Felix, at right, with his sons Tasso and Robert near the front porch of what is now the Howell House Bed & Breakfast.

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701 Blunt Street

Downs, Kansas 67437

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