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Property Name Grandview Terrace Apartments
Reference Number 16000134
State Kansas
County Sedgwick
Town Wichita
Street Address 1736-1748 N. Hillside
Multiple Property Submission Name Residential Resources of Wichita, Sedgwick County, KS 1870 - 1957
Status Listed 4/5/2016
Areas of Significance Community Development, Architecture
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/16000134.pdf
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Constructed in 1949-50, the Grandview Terrace Apartments at 1736-1740-1744-1748 N. Hillside Avenue in Wichita is nominated to the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion A as a rare example of a post-World War II, private apartment building in the Fairmount neighborhood in north central Wichita. The aviation industry sustained Wichita not only in the war years but helped it to prosper in the post-war period. With the influx of WWII veterans and increase in job opportunities in aviation, the housing shortage in Wichita that began in 1940 and 1941 continued well into the 1950s. Local real-estate women Maud Beech (sister of Beech Aircraft founder) and Marguerite Mollohan took advantage of the unmet demand for modern living. An article in the Wichita Eagle in March 1950 hailed the opening of the apartments representing the "last word in ultra-modern living comfort." The apartment complex included covered off-street parking as well as a beauty salon, pharmacy and restaurant. The complex was named for its "grand view" of downtown Wichita. The property is also significant under Criterion C - Architecture as a distinct 1950 Modern building and as a representative of established Wichita architects Overend and Boucher. The Grandview Terrace Apartments reflect the general tenets of the post-World War II Modern apartment building not unlike the federal housing during and after the war. The apartment building is nominated to the National Register of Historic Places under the Residential Resources of Wichita, 1870-1957 Multiple Property Listing (Morgan and Hammond, 2007) as a representative of the Conventional Low- Rise Apartment Building Property Type. It is significant under Criteria A and C as a rare Modern representative of the Conventional Low-Rise Apartment Building in the Fairmont neighborhood of Wichita.

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