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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Park Plaza Apartments

Picture of property 1275 SW Fillmore Street
Topeka (Shawnee County)
Listed in National Register 2021-06-01

Architect: Carl G. Ossman & Associates
Category: domestic; multiple dwelling
Thematic Nomination: Mid-Century Modern Non-Single-Family Residential Architecture in Topeka 1945-1975

Constructed in 1959, the Park Plaza Apartments at 1275 SW Fillmore Street in Topeka are an intact illustration of garden apartments constructed to accommodate a record population growth during the post-World War II era. While several mid-20th century suburban neighborhoods developed throughout the City as the corporate limits expanded westward and southward, a handful of apartment buildings were erected within the earlier neighborhoods. Among those neighborhoods is the Throop’s Addition in central Topeka, just southwest of downtown, which began development in the late-19th century. Park Plaza Apartments is also a rare example of a private residential cooperative to be formed by a small group of wealthy Topekans in the 1950s. The three known cooperatives (Park Plaza, Central Park, and Lakeside Apartments) partnered with architectural firm Osmann & Associates for the design of the luxury apartments.

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