City: Garden City

Awards of Excellence:
Don Harness

In 1994, preservation efforts in southwest Kansas were nearly non-existent. The 1887 Windsor Hotel, a Garden City landmark, sat deteriorating with a grim future. Enter Don Harness, who began organizing preservation efforts for the hotel and helped the founding of the Finney County Preservation Alliance in 1997. Wheelchair bound due to multiple sclerosis and unable …

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Photo by: By Ammodramus – Own work, CC0, Construction began on the Windsor in 1887. Its chief builder was John A. Stevens, a former buffalo hunter and wild horse wrangler. He was backed by the building and architecture firm Stevens and Thompson and only decided to build when he saw another of Garden City’s …

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