|Year(s) Listed: • 2018|
|City/Town: • Topeka|
|Location Class: • Hospital|
|Built: 1930 | Year Saved: 2017|
|Awards: • Merit Award|
|Contributor: Kansas Preservation Alliance|
Madison Street Apartments was originally known as the Santa Fe Hospital, with the oldest portion of the existing building constructed in 1930 adjacent to the original 1896 structure, later razed for further additions. The hospital in the Santa Fe’s hometown of Topeka became the largest of 9 throughout the railroad’s transcontinental system. After many subsequent additions and transitions in business model, the hospital closed in 1989. In 2001, a non-historic remodel converted the north and west wings of the building into independent living apartments for senior citizens. In 2017, Pioneer Group had acquired the building and undertook an extensive rehabilitation project that added 28 new units in the east and south wings while staying true to the remaining historic character of the building. The end result is a historically respectful reuse of a Topeka landmark that will be a valuable contributor to the Topeka skyline for years to come.