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College Hill Park Bathhouse

Picture of property 304 S. Circle Drive
Wichita (Sedgwick County)
Listed in National Register Apr 16, 2008

Architect: Edward Forsblom/WPA
Area of Significance: outdoor recreation
Architectural Style(s): Mission/Spanish Colonial Revival
Thematic Nomination: New Deal-era Resources of Kansas

The College Hill Park Bathhouse was nominated for its association with a "New Deal" agency and for its architecture. Constructed in 1937, the bathhouse was one of several area WPA projects. It is an example of how the city's parks department was able to continue development in Wichita and provide work during the depression with the help of federal funds and programs. The bathhouse is also a prime example of the Spanish Colonial Revival architectural style as applied to a park building.

Colorado-Derby Building

Picture of property 201 N. Water St.
Wichita (Sedgwick County)
Listed in State Register Nov 7, 2015

Architect: William I. Fisher
Area of Significance: commerce; business
Architectural Style(s): Modern Movement

Constructed in 1959-1960, the nine-story Colorado-Derby Building is an early example of a Modern Movement speculative office tower erected within a pattern of development that shaped Wichita's downtown at midcentury. New buildings erected as icons on the skyline were intended to refresh, modernize, and revitalize the downtown core through public and private investment in civic and commercial improvements. Frank and Harvey Ablah recognized the onset of this trend and constructed the Colorado-Derby Building to provide speculative office space, redeveloping the site of the Ablah Hotel Supply Company. Named for its largest and most prominent tenant, the Colorado-Derby Building was fully occupied when it opened in 1960 and maintained high occupancy rates over the following decade. The construction and subsequent occupancy of this building illustrates the continuing importance of manufacturing industries to the economy of Wichita at midcentury and the ability of these industries to contribute to the economic and physical revitalization of downtown. The blocks immediately surrounding the building continued to develop in a similar fashion over the following decade with large-scale modern buildings and parking lots replacing smaller commercial and industrial buildings built a half-century earlier. All of this development activity culminated in a formal Urban Renewal project utilizing federal funds in the late 1960s. In Wichita, private investment focused on providing office space for industrial companies, rather than public funding initiated the revitalization that transformed downtown. The Colorado-Derby Building is an important early example of this private investment trend.

Comley House

Picture of property 1137 N Broadway
Wichita (Sedgwick County)
Listed in National Register Nov 1, 2006

Architect: Not listed
Area of Significance: single dwelling
Architectural Style(s): Queen Anne; Late Victorian

The Comley House (ca 1899) and its 1914 carriage house were constructed for Henry Comley, a Wichita lumberman. The two-and-a-half story, wood-frame house is being nominated for its depiction of the Queen Anne style and also for its association with Henry Comley. The Comley Lumber Company operated from 1913 until 1973 having served both commercial and residential communities through three generations.

Commodore Apartment Hotel

Picture of property 222 E Elm Street / 601 N Broadway Avenue
Wichita (Sedgwick County)
Listed in National Register May 1, 2013

Architect: Peters, Nelle Elizabeth
Area of Significance: hotel; multiple dwelling
Architectural Style(s): Mission/Spanish Colonial Revival
Thematic Nomination: Residential Resources of Wichita, Sedgwick County, KS, 1870-1957

The Commodore Apartment Hotel is located at the north end of Wichita's downtown commercial district. The rapid development of multiple-family housing in Wichita was essential in the 1920s, when the city's population nearly doubled. Local leaders attracted the attention of the Hurley-Park Investment Company of Tulsa, a partnership of Secretary of War Patrick J. Hurley and builder and realtor Robert R. Park. Soon Hurley-Park, which was simultaneously developing Tulsa's Ambassador Hotel, was making plans to build the Commodore Apartment Hotel. They hired Kansas City-based architect Nelle Elizabeth Peters, who specialized in apartment buildings and hotels, to design the Commodore Hotel. It was completed and opened in 1929. At nine stories, it is the tallest building in this part of downtown and is constructed of reinforced concrete with brick and terra cotta detailing reflecting the Spanish Colonial Revival style. The building is identified by a prominent rooftop sign that reads "COMMODORE." The building was nominated as part of the "Residential Resources of Wichita" multiple property nomination for its local significance in the area of architecture.

Cudahy Packing Plant

Picture of property 2300 N Broadway Street
Wichita (Sedgwick County)
Listed in National Register Sep 17, 2012

Architect: Undetermined
Area of Significance: processing
Architectural Style(s): Other

Wichita's former Cudahy Packing Plant was originally developed in 1888 by Francis Whittaker and Sons of St. Louis, and was one of the city's earliest large-scale meat-packing facilities. When it opened in 1889, the Wichita Eagle describe the plant as consisting of "six large buildings and yards capable of holding 4,000 head of stock" with a "force of 200 men." Whittaker struggled to sustain the property, particularly as the nation sunk into an economic depression in 1893. John Cudahy of Louisville purchased the plant in 1900 and then sold it to the Cudahy Packing Company, which originated in Milwaukee where Irish-born brothers Michael, Patrick, and John Cudahy met Philip Armour and learned the meat-packing business. Throughout the company's 71 years at this property, it primarily processed, refined, and packaged beef and pork. The complex today features both brick and reinforced concrete buildings whose functional designs were driven by national trends in factory production including concern for fire safety, increases in mechanization, and the need to maximize light and ventilation. It is nominated for its local significance in the areas of commerce, industry, and architecture.

Derby Public School - District 6

Picture of property 716 E. Market Street
Derby (Sedgwick County)
Listed in National Register Oct 8, 2014

Architect: Voigt, Samuel Siegfried
Area of Significance: education related
Architectural Style(s): Collegiate Gothic
Thematic Nomination: Historic Public Schools of Kansas

The Derby Public School building, built in 1923, served as the community's one public school building for much of the early 20th century. Wichita architect Samuel Siegfried (S.S.) Voigt designed the building, and it was constructed by the Wichita Construction Company. The two-story, red-brick building faces west and exhibits elements of the Commercial and Collegiate Gothic architectural styles. An addition was constructed in 1952 to accommodate a wave of new students whose parents worked for the growing air industry in nearby Wichita. The building functioned as a school until 1996. At the time of nomination, the building is owned by the Derby Historical Society and houses the Derby Historical Museum. It was nominated for its local significance in the area of education.

Dunbar Theatre

Picture of property 1007 N. Cleveland
Wichita (Sedgwick County)
Listed in National Register Jul 2, 2008

Architect: Harmon, Raymond M.
Area of Significance: vacant/not in use; theater
Architectural Style(s): Moderne
Thematic Nomination: Historic Theaters and Opera Houses of Kansas

The Dunbar Theatre was built in 1941 during a time in movie theater history when theater owners were moving away from downtowns and into outlying neighborhoods. The theater's history is linked to that of the surrounding McAdams neighborhood, a traditionally African-American area northeast of downtown Wichita. The building is nominated for its association with the performing arts and social history of Wichita's McAdams Neighborhood and for its architectural significance as an example of modern theater design.

Eagle's Lodge #132

Picture of property 200-202 S. Emporia
Wichita (Sedgwick County)
Listed in National Register Jan 31, 2008

Architect: William Mampe
Area of Significance: vacant/not in use; meeting hall
Architectural Style(s): Beaux Arts

Eagle's Lodge #132 was constructed in 1916, in the Beaux Arts architectural style. It originally housed a grocery store and the Eagle's Fraternal Lodge. A 1921 addition was built to house a mortuary. The Flanagan-Bourman Funeral Home occupied the first floor of the addition, where they continued the business until 1986. The building was nominated for its association with the Eagle's Lodge, as an example of an historic mortuary, and for its Beaux Arts architecture.

East Douglas Avenue Historic District

Picture of property Roughly bounded by Topeka, Rock Island, 1st, and English Sts
Wichita (Sedgwick County)
Listed in National Register Aug 4, 2004

Architect: Louis Curtiss; J.T. Long
Area of Significance: hotel
Architectural Style(s): Commercial

The East Douglas Avenue Historic District is located in downtown Wichita and consists of forty-four historic resources. Originally developed through the efforts of William Greiffenstein, one the most prominent members of early Wichita society, Douglas Avenue became the center of commercial activity in historic Wichita. Many of the buildings in this district are individually significant for their association with historic commerce and/or rail transportation. One such building is Union Station. Built in 1914, Union Station was designed by Louis S. Curtiss in the Beaux Arts Style. It is one of only two remaining depots on East Douglas.

Eastwood Plaza Apartments

Picture of property 4802-4850 and 4825-4835 E Eastwood St. and 616-626 S. Oliver Ave.
Wichita (Sedgwick County)
Listed in National Register Mar 7, 2019

Architect: Frank L. McAleavy
Area of Significance: multiple dwelling
Architectural Style(s): Modern Movement

The Eastwood Plaza Apartments were constructed in 1951. They are in the eastern part of Wichita at South Oliver Avenue and Eastwood Street and consist of 6 free-standing mid-century modern buildings each with an asymmetrical layout organized around Eastwood Street. There are 118 individual apartment units organized in a grouping of 4 units per bay/entry. The apartments were built during the boom of the post-World War II era of Wichita and were designed and financed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to follow many of the guidelines outlined by the FHA for simplicity and economy. The apartment complex has a curvilinear street and asymmetrical layout with multiple free-standing buildings surrounding a park-like setting, which are tenets of the FHA Garden Apartment Community plans. These apartments were designed by architect Frank McAleavy and constructed by National Builders Inc., both of Wichita. The building is considered locally significant for its association with FHA building programs and designs, and for the mid-century architecture and park-like layout of the buildings.

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