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Property Name Senate and Curtis Court Apartments Historic District
Reference Number 15000940
State Kansas
County Shawnee
Town Topeka
Street Address 900-914 SW Tyler Street
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 12/29/2015
Areas of Significance ARCHITECTURE
Link to full file https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/15000940.pdf
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The Senate and Curtis Court Apartments Historic District is eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion C. It is locally significant in the area of ARCHITECTURE. Constructed from 1928 to and 1930, the apartment buildings illustrate the Tudor Revival style as applied to a multi-family residential building. Nelle Peters, a prominent female architect known for creating practical and efficient apartment buildings, designed the original complex of three buildings.2 Tudor Revival style elements include the brick veneer cladding with stucco and false half-timbering accents, steeply-pitched gables, crenellated parapets, grouped chimneys, and Tudor arched openings. The interior features heavily-textured plaster walls, ornate plaster and wood lobbies, and decorative arched openings. The Senate and Curtis Court Apartments Historic District was constructed during a great building boom in Topeka's history when numerous one- to three-story apartment buildings gradually replaced the upper-class mansions that once filled the surrounding neighborhood. Few other Tudor Revival style apartment buildings are extant in Topeka. Each building has a distinct character and set of features, yet together, they form a unified District that illustrates the architectural trends in Topeka during this time. The period of significance is 1928 to 1930, the period of construction for both buildings.

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