City: Newton

Awards of Excellence:
J. J. Krehbiel Carriage Factory

Carriage Factory Art Gallery’s history can be traced back to 1883, when John Jacob (J.J.) Krehbiel founded a carriage factory on the site where the gallery is now located.  A descendant of Swiss Mennonites, he and wife Anna and children had moved to Kansas from Iowa in 1879. When he constructed a two-story wagon and carriage …

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The current owner the Newton United School District, uses the building as an alternative school. It was built in 1910 for $60,000. During the 1970s the US Postal Service turned the building over to the school district. Within the last year it has been updated in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The district …

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