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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Barnes, Oscar D. and Ida, House

Picture of property 901 N. Broadway Avenue
Wichita (Sedgwick County)
Listed in National Register Jul 7, 2015

Architect: Unknown
Category: single dwelling
Thematic Nomination: Residential Resources of Wichita, Sedgwick County, KS, 1870-1957

The Oscar and Ida Barnes House is located in Wichita's Midtown neighborhood and was completed in 1911. It is an excellent example of the Italian Renaissance style exhibited on a foursquare, a common house form of the early 20th century that allowed for considerable variation and experimentation in style. The Italian Renaissance style was most popular in Wichita between 1900 and 1920. In residential architecture, it is typically characterized by a low, hipped roof with ceramic tiles, wide eaves with brackets, a symmetrical facade, stucco or masonry walls, and Classical columns and details. The Barnes House also exhibits the Craftsman style in its built-in cabinetry, geometric window designs, and interior floorplan. The architect is unknown, although it may have been Charles Terry, who worked with Oscar Barnes on the design of several commercial buildings. It is nominated to the National Register as part of the "Residential Resources of Wichita" multiple property nomination for its local significance in the area of architecture.

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