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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 2019-03-07

Architect: Frank L. McAleavy
Category: multiple dwelling

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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