Awards of Excellence:
Fresh Air Baby Camp

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Built: 1921 | Year Saved: 2021
Historic Designation: National Register of Historic Places
Contributor: Kansas Preservation Alliance

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 Preservation listed it on the historic registers in that year and the Kansas Preservation Alliance added it to its annual list of Most Endangered Places. A small group of concerned citizens formed Friends of the Historic Fresh Air Baby Camp, Inc, a not-for-profit corporation and signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the City Manager, vowing to raise all the money and do all the work to rehabilitate the building for the good of the community.

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