Wichita, Kansas Mid-Century Modern Buildings

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Knightley's Parking Garage
Wichita, KS


The concrete Knightley's Parking Garage was built in 1949 and opened in 1950. The sign was probably built at that time. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The rounded ends of the building conceal spiral parking ramps. The garage closed in the 1980s and had remained vacant. In 2021, the building was adapted for parking and apartments known as the Broadway Autopark Apartments. There is a new building right behind the rounded part of the parking garage making it barely visible now. For more, see this website. [map]

Lario Oil & Gas
Wichita, KS
The Lario Oil & Gas building appears to be from the 1960s. I don't know if Lario was the original tenant. [map]

Wichita, KS
Kansas Gas & Electric Company
Wichita, KS
This skywalk connects the Innes Parking Garage, Sutton Place Building and the State Office Building. It was built in 1966. For more, see this website. [map]

The Kansas Gas & Electric Company building was designed by Glen H. Thomas and A.B. Harris built from 1953-1955. The company operated there until the 1990s. The building now houses The Lux with commercial space, apartments, and the Candela event space. For more, see this website. [map]

Wichita Central Library
Wichita, KS
The Wichita Central Library was designed by Schaefer Schirmer & Eflin Architects and built from 1965-1967. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more, see this website. [map]

Henry's Clothiers
Wichita, KS
The Henry's Clothiers building was designed by Overend and Boucher and built in 1948. The store closed in 1984 and the building remained vacant after that. Since 2023, the building has housed WSU Tech's NICHE, the National Institute for Culinary and Hospitality Education. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Garvey Center
Wichita, KS
Garvey Center is composed of multiple buildings. The central and tallest of them, shown on the left above, was built in 1970 as the Holiday Inn Plaza hotel. The other two tall buildings are office towers known as the R.H. Garvey Building and the Olive W. Garvey Building. In 1987, the Holiday Inn became the Century II Plaza Hotel. Starting in 1997, the hotel was converted into apartments and named 250 Douglas Place. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

former truck center [gone]
Wichita, KS
This truck center may have been a Mack Truck dealership at one time. The building appeared to be from the 1960s or 1970s. It appeared to be vacant when this photo was taken in 2010. The building was still there in 2015 but had been demolished by 2018.

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former YMCA