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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Fairmount Apartments

Picture of property 1702 N. Fairmount Avenue
Wichita (Sedgwick County)
Listed in National Register Dec 30, 2009

Architect: J. I. Graham, builder
Category: multiple dwelling
Thematic Nomination: Residential Resources of Wichita, Sedgwick County, KS, 1870-1957

Constructed in 1930, the Fairmount Apartment building was designed to provide multi-family housing in the Fairmount neighborhood immediately south of Wichita State University. A trolley line connected the university neighborhood to the rest of the city. Population growth during the booming 1920s triggered an increase in multi-family apartment construction in Wichita. By 1927, there were 91 apartment buildings listed in the Wichita City Directory, a number that increased nearly three-fold by 1947. Wichita contractor John I. Graham, who is known to have built three Wichita apartment buildings between 1928 and 1930, applied for a building permit to construct this building for an estimated cost of $35,000. This conventional, low-rise apartment building exhibits the characteristics of the popular early twentiethcentury Spanish Colonial Revival style. The building was nominated as part of the "Residential Resources of Wichita, 1870-1957" multiple property listing for its architecture.

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