W. H. Sternberg Mansion

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Built: 1886 | Abandoned: N/A
Historic Designation: National Register of Historic Places
Status: Under Renovation
Contributor: Kansas Preservation Alliance

The Sternberg mansion was nominated for the Endangered Historic Places list by the present owner, Ken Elliott, because the property is threatened by deterioration. Elliott has tried to rehabilitate the ornate building on his own, but has been unable to qualify for municipal and state assistance. Constructed for his personal residence in 1886 by William H. Sternberg, the most productive builder in Wichita during the late nineteenth century, the mansion was the first property designated on the Wichita/Sedgwick County historic register. Also, it is listed on the National and Kansas Register of Historic Places. After a renovation in 1977, Wichita’s historic preservation officer stated, “this house is one of a few remaining homes of this elaborate style in the city and is regarded as a quintessential product of the late Queen Anne residential design.”

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