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Battin Apartments Historic District

Picture of property 1700 S Elpyco
Wichita (Sedgwick County)
Listed in National Register 2012-07-03

Architect: Metz, George
Category: multiple dwelling

The Battin Apartments Historic District includes 26 multi-family apartment buildings developed in 1949 by Ray Garvey and his son Willard of Builders, Incorporated. The firm specialized in constructing affordable housing in Wichita during the booming post-World War II era. They closely followed the requirements mandated by the Federal Housing Administration that involved appropriate location, access to commercial services, access to bus and automobile routes, local zoning and siting requirements, and street design. The firm hired architect George Metz, who used a standard apartment plan for all the apartment buildings within the Battin complex. The buildings are one-and-a-half stories with modest Ranch and Colonial Revival characteristics. A landscaped setting provides continuity for the buildings that are interconnected by sidewalks and a central thoroughfare that allows vehicular access to all buildings. The result is a cohesive designed residential development representative of the post-war period in Wichita. The district is nominated for its local significance in the areas of community planning and development, government, and architecture.



Belmont Arches

Picture of property Located on Belmont at the Central and Douglas intersections
Wichita (Sedgwick County)
Listed in National Register 2007-04-18

Architect: Charles Ellis
Category: monument/marker

Located in the city right of way at the intersections of Belmont, Central, and Douglas, the Belmont Arches (ca 1925) are free-standing Classical Revival piers connected with wrought iron arches. Each set of arches is comprised of four freestanding piers that are nominated for their association with electrification of Wichita as the first residential "White Way" in the city. The arches are also nominated as a great example of a Classical Revival style triumphal entryway and for an association with the architect Charles Ellis and prominent Wichita builder George Siedhoff.



Bitting Building

Picture of property 107 N Market
Wichita (Sedgwick County)
Listed in National Register 2012-02-28

Architect: Undetermined
Category: commerce

The Bitting Building was constructed as a four-story building in 1912, and seven stories were added in 1919. A. W. and C. W. Bitting were known throughout the Midwest as successful merchants and real estate entrepreneurs. They established a men's clothing store in a two-story wood-frame building at this location in 1878 and in 1886 relocated the building to make way for a four-story brick structure. That building was razed in 1911 to make way for a new four-story building in 1912 from which they did business and leased office and retail space. The Bitting brothers maintained offices in the building until their deaths in the early 1930s. The property changed hands several times was completely renovated in 1959. Exterior changes included the installation of aluminum-framed windows and storefronts, the installation of black granite panels at the base of the building, and replacement of the cornice and belt course with aluminum panels. The interior was again renovated in the 1980s. It is nominated for its commercial significance.



Bitting Historic District

Picture of property Generally the 1100 and 1200 Blks of Bitting
Wichita (Sedgwick County)
Listed in National Register 2004-08-04

Architect: Unknown
Category: transportation

The Bitting Historic District, a streetcar neighborhood platted near Riverside Park, was nominated for its association with community planning and development and for its examples of various styles of residential architecture. The district includes the 1100 and 1200 blocks of Bitting Avenue. It consists of 39 contributing buildings, 1 contributing structure, and 20 non-contributing buildings. The residences were built between 1886 and 1946. The diverse homes highlight the changing tastes, fashions, and construction methods of the nation from the late 19th century to post-WWII. Prominent Wichita real estate developer, William Greiffenstein, developed the district. Bitting Avenue is named after brothers Charles W. and Alfred W. Bitting, local developers who constructed the first four-story commercial building in the city on the northwest corner of Douglas and Market Streets.



Blaser, Frank E., House

Picture of property 136 N. Crestway Avenue
Wichita (Sedgwick County)
Listed in National Register 2010-01-07

Architect: Blaser, Frank E., Builder
Category: single dwelling

This Spanish Colonial Revival-style residence is located in Wichita's College Hill neighborhood and was built by longtime Wichita contractor Frank E. Blaser in 1929. He lived in the house with his family until 1934. Although this area had been platted since 1884, most development took place between 1910 and 1930. The Blaser House exhibits elements that typify Spanish Revivalism - so much so that authors Virginia and Lee McAlester included a photograph of the home in their book A Field Guide to American Houses. Characteristics of the style found on the Blaser House include an asymmetrical and stuccofinished exterior, a multi-level side-gable roof topped with clay tiles, iron grillwork framing some windows, arched doorways, and metal casement windows. The house features an attached garage at the north end that opens to the rear of the property. The property was nominated as part of the "Residential Resources of Wichita, 1870-1957" multiple property listing for its architecture.



Bond-Sullivan House

Picture of property 936 Back Bay Blvd
Wichita (Sedgwick County)
Listed in National Register 2007-11-28

Architect: Sherman G. Bond
Category: single dwelling

Constructed in 1929, the Bond-Sullivan House is nominated for its architecture as a single-story, Spanish Colonial Revival bungalow with Craftsman style elements. The property is also nominated for its historical association with two prominent individuals in the commercial development of the city of Wichita; Sherman G. Bond, an architect who designed many business structures and Odom F. Sullivan, a business owner who established a large chain of movie theaters in Wichita.



Bowers House

Picture of property 1004 North Market
Wichita (Sedgwick County)
Listed in National Register 2004-09-15

Architect: Unknown
Category: single dwelling

The Bowers House was built in 1906 for Dr. Charles E. Bowers, one of the first doctors to use and promote the X-ray in Wichita. Dr. Bowers was president of the Kansas Medical Association in 1908 and the first president of the St. Francis Medical Staff. The two-story home is one of the few remaining brick American Four Square residences in Wichita's Midtown neighborhood. The home was nominated for its association with Dr. Bowers and as an example of an American Four Square residence.



Broadview Hotel

Picture of property 400 W Douglas Ave
Wichita (Sedgwick County)
Listed in National Register 2009-06-19

Architect: Forsblom, Ed
Category: restaurant; hotel; meeting hall

Wichita's eight-story Broadview Hotel is situated along Douglas Avenue on the east bank of the Arkansas River. Completed in 1922, the Broadview is part of a long tradition of well-known Wichita hotels that include the Occidental, the Eaton, and the Allis. The Commercial-style building was developed by George Siedhoff. Two bays were later added to the north end of the building in 1929, and a one-story ballroom was added in 1950. The ballroom features mosaic murals by American Indian artist Blackbear Bosin that depict events in regional history. The building was nominated for its association with Wichita's early 20th century downtown development.



Broom Corn Warehouse

Picture of property 416 S. Commerce
Wichita (Sedgwick County)
Listed in National Register 2011-06-28

Architect: unknown
Category: storage

The building at 416 S. Commerce served as a broom corn warehouse from the time of its construction in 1920 at the height of Wichita’s reign as a broom corn capital to 1940 when the local economy had shifted from agriculture-related industry and warehousing to aircraft manufacturing. In the 1920s and 1930s, there were twelve broom corn dealers in Wichita - three of them with warehouses in the 400 block of South Commerce Street. Wichita’s broom corn boom coincided with major improvements in the local railroad network. The two-story brick building is part of a row of buildings constructed for warehouse use after the construction of the adjacent Wichita Union Terminal Railway. It was nominated for its local significance in the areas of agriculture and industry.



Brown Building

Picture of property 105 S Broadway St
Wichita (Sedgwick County)
Listed in National Register 2007-10-10

Architect: Schmidt, Boucher, and Overend
Category: business

Built in 1926, the Brown Building was nominated for its architectural significance. The architectural firm of Schmidt, Boucher, and Overend designed the Commercial-style building with Classical Revival ornamentation. The Wichita Eagle praised Wichita's newest building as "a masterpiece of modern business building construction." Located on one of the city's busiest and most valuable corners, the $500,000 building was a modern wonder of reinforced conrete, red brick and Carthage-Bedford white stone. Work began in May 1928 to add five additional floors to the building, increasing it in height to an impressive eleven stories.



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