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National and State Registers of Historic Places

North Topeka Avenue Apartments Historic District

Picture of property 625, 630, 631, and 632 N Topeka Ave
Wichita (Sedgwick County)
Listed in National Register Apr 21, 2009

Architect: Henrion Construction Company
Category: multiple dwelling
Thematic Nomination: Residential Resources of Wichita, Sedgwick County, KS, 1870-1957

Built within a span of four years from 1926 to 1929, this cluster of four apartment buildings at 625, 630, 631, & 632 N. Topeka Avenue share common features of design and construction. All are rectangular in plan and two or three stories in height with brick-clad exteriors and flat roofs with modest parapets. While the buildings illustrate vernacular interpretations of Colonial Revival, Craftsman, Tudor Revival, and Art Deco architecture applied to multi-family buildings, their form and materials also share many traits with Tapestry Brick commercial blocks constructed during the 1920s. The vaguely Commercial-style brick facades and their uniform setback from the street distinguish them from the single-family homes that dominate the blocks in the immediate vicinity. The buildings were nominated for their architectural significance and for their reflection of popular trends in multi-family housing seen in Wichita and nationwide during this period.

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