Award Type: Honor Award

Awards of Excellence:
Limerick Building

The Limerick Building was constructed in 1890 and housed the Bank of Alma that J. F. Limerick owned with his brother, G.W. Limerick of Wamego. The building was also known as the Limerick and Crafts block, as druggist, Fred Crafts, joined the building venture and operated his drug store in the south building in the …

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Little Stranger Christian Church

The adaptation of the church to meet the community’s needs over time is a markedly unique component of its history, and evidence of its importance to rural residents.  The church remained an active meeting spot throughout the 1960s, 70s, and 80s until interest and resources for maintenance dwindled.  In the mid 2010s, interest in restoring …

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Lee Mercantile Company Building

The HD Lee Mercantile Company Building, the north building in the complex, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Register of Historic Kansas Places in 2008.  The entire complex is nationally significant in the areas of Commerce and Industry because of the building’s association with Henry Daniel Lee.  Lee founded the HD …

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Fresh Air Baby Camp

The Fresh Air Baby Camp in Wichita, Kansas may possibly be the only extant purpose-built and permanent baby camp structure in the United States. In 2007 the building had been out of use for several years and the City Park and Recreation Department had not been able to maintain it. The Wichita Office of Historic …

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Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity

The proposed project is focused largely on a historic interior rehabilitation of the 1907 building including finish and fixture upgrades in common areas and man rooms. Additionally, the scope includes upgrades to building systems including installation of a sprinkler system and bathrooms and kitchen in both 1907 and 1958 wings. Exterior scope is limited, involving …

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Common Ground Coffee Co.

The single story building was fully rehabilitated to bring the building from a vacant structure to a fully operational and vibrant business that enlivens the street in Downtown Fort Scott. The exterior primary stone façade (north) and the red brick secondary facades were fully repointed. The north stone façade was labeled and disassembled from the …

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Atchison YMCA

The Atchison YMCA has continuously served the community needs of the citizens of Atchinson.  The building functioned as the city’s only YMCA facility until it closed in 2017.  A new YMCA facility was constructed adjacent to the historic building, which opened in 2018.  The Atchison YMCA organization continued to adapt its program and modify the …

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Washington School – Independence

Washington School in Independence, Kansas was dedicated January 3, 1940, constructed with the assistance of the Federal Public Works Administration (PWA). The school is architecturally significant as a representative of an early Modern Movement school with Art Moderne influences and as the work of prominent school architect, Thomas W. Williamson of Topeka. The rehabilitation project …

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Ridge Top II

Following the Section 106 Review, VALOR’s core members informed executive members of the National Trust of the district’s impending demolition and it was placed on 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list in 2000. The VA heard the community’s concerns and reviewed the proposed alternatives for the historic buildings. In 2001, the VA proposed to rehabilitate …

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Fox Theatre

 The Fox Theatre, built in 1949, occupies a prominent location in the middle of the 600 block of Commercial Street, the primary commercial thoroughfare in downtown Atchison. The site of the 1949 Fox Theatre illustrates a long association with the motion picture business in Atchison; prior to the nominated theater, the parcel was the location …

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