Ark Valley Lodge

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Built: 1910 | Abandoned: N/A
Historic Designation: National Register of Historic Places (August 24, 1977) Register of Historic Kansas Places African American Heritage Site
Status: Saved
Contributor: Kansas Preservation Alliance

Photo by Judy Handley

Listed on the National, State and Local Registers of Historic Places this is an important African-American site in Kansas history. It is the only remaining building in Wichita’s early African-American business district and was reportedly designed by local African-American architect Josiah Walker. Sadly, the building is currently vacant and in disrepair.

Update: The Sedgwick County Commission has voted to put $425,000 into the renovation of the Ark Valley Lodge.

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