|The nomination of the Naomi and leona Apartment Buildings to the National Register is under Criterion C, the area of significance in Architecture. These twin apartment buildings, which represent the Conventional low-Rise Apartment property type, were constructed in 1926-1927 by Wichita building contractor Oliver Jackson Mourning (1875-1952). The Naomi and Leona Apartment Buildings are also significant under Criterion A in the area of Community Planning and Development as they relate to the national and local construction of apartment buildings across the United States, a trend that was driven by improved financing possibilities to stimulate housing construction. The buildings typify the popular low-Rise Apartment Buildings that fit conveniently into both commercial and residential areas alike. These Market Street apartments are relevant to the historic contexts identified in the Multiple Property Documentation Form, Residential Resources in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas 1870-1957. The Naomi and Leona apartments represent residential development in the city, reflecting the changing domestic living patterns in Wichita as well as the evolving physical forms of the city's residential buildings.located in the southern part of downtown Wichita, the Naomi and leona are characteristic of apartment buildings that Mourning built and owned during his long career as a developer and contractor in Wichita. Although owner Oliver Mourning originally named the apartment buildings the Naomi and Leona, within about twelve years the names were changed to the Parker Arms and Brentwood apartments.7 The buildings currently bear these names on a small brass plate on the front facade. Mourning lived at the lenora, with his wife, in the early 1930s. By 1939 when the new names were assigned, the buildings were presumably under new ownership. Until recently, both apartments have remained in continuous use as multi-unit residential buildings from the time they were built. In recent years, extensive water damage caused the buildings to become uninhabitable pending rehabilitation.