SBA/Menninger Tower Building

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Built: 1924 | Abandoned: 2003
Historic Designation: National Register of Historic Places
Status: EndangeredUnder Renovation
Contributor: Abandoned Atlas Foundation

A landmark in the western Topeka skyline, the building was constructed in 1930 to house the Securities Benefit Association Hospital.  The design of the building was inspired by Independence Hall in Philadelphia and represents collaboration between a Chicago firm, Schmidt, Garden and Martin and Topeka architect Walter E. Glover.  In 1961, the Menninger Foundation purchased the building for use as a treatment and research facility.  Menninger relocated in 2003 and the Tower building, along with the rest of the campus, became available for sale.  In the summer of 2006, vandals broke into the vacant building and damaged the windows and interior.

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