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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Winders Historic District

Picture of property 1038-1040, 1044, and 1045 S Topeka Ave
Wichita (Sedgwick County)
Listed in National Register Jul 8, 2009

Architect: M.R. Wilson, I.M. Rucker
Category: multiple dwelling; secondary structure; single dwelling
Thematic Nomination: Residential Resources of Wichita, Sedgwick County, KS, 1870-1957

This small residential historic district is nominated as part of the "Residential Resources of Wichita, 1870-1957" multiple property listing for its association with four generations of the Winders family and their laundry business and for its representation of architectural styles between 1890 and 1939. The district is located in the Orme and Phillips Addition in Wichita’s South Central neighborhood, and includes a Folk Victorian cottage, a Craftsman bungalow, a World War II-era brick duplex, and two outbuildings. Elias Winders moved into the neighborhood in 1886 and in 1904 his son Harry opened the Wichita Wet Wash Laundry in a building behind his house at 1044 South Topeka. After Harry’s death in 1932, his son Ira managed the family business until 1943 when he sold it. The fourth generation of Winders occupies the house at 1044 South Topeka.

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