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Property Name Sunflower Village Historic District
Reference Number 14000929
State Kansas
County Johnson
Town DeSoto
Street Address 36000 103rd Street
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 11/18/2014
Areas of Significance COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & PLANNING, MILITARY, GOVERNMENT
Link to full file https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/14000929.pdf
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The Sunflower Village Historic District is nominated to the National Register as a rare example of 'temporary' war-time housing that was built by the federal government in 1943 and evolved into housing for veterans during the post-war housing shortages. The property then successfully transitioned into a privately-owned housing development that continued to provide affordable housing in one of the state's richest counties. Sunflower Village is locally significant under National Register Criterion A in the areas of Government, Military, and Community Development and Planning. The Village is significant for its association with the Sunflower Ordnance Works and for its post-war role as affordable veteran housing. The period of significance spans from 1943 to 1959 reflecting the period in which Sunflower Village was owned and operated by the federal government.

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