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Ellis, Earl H., VFW Post #1362

Picture of property 701 E 1st St
Pratt (Pratt County)
Listed in National Register Jul 12, 2006

Architect: Not listed
Area of Significance: meeting hall
Architectural Style(s): Art Deco; Modern Movement

Constructed in 1939, the Earl H. Ellis VFW Post #1362 is an Art Deco one-and-one-half story native stone structure built primarily by its members and H.V. Crull, contractor. The building's historic significance is in its important civic and social role of reflecting the community's dedication to its veterans. Although not constructed through the Work Projects Administration itself, the VFW building has architectural characteristics of WPA structures of this era.

Gebhart, S.P., House

Picture of property 105 North Iuka
Pratt (Pratt County)
Listed in National Register Feb 12, 1987

Architect: Not listed
Area of Significance: single dwelling
Architectural Style(s): Colonial Revival

Hotel Roberts

Picture of property 120 West Fourth Street
Pratt (Pratt County)
Listed in National Register Jan 7, 2015

Architect: Voigt, S.S.
Area of Significance: hotel
Architectural Style(s): Art Deco

Built in 1930, Hotel Roberts is the largest and most highly styled historic hotel in Pratt. Construction of the hotel was initiated by the Pratt Chamber of Commerce, which formed a committee in the late 1920s specifically to facilitate the construction of a large new hotel. Seen as a potentially valuable asset for the community, the hotel was financed in part through a public subscription campaign, and constructed on land provided by the Chamber. The Pratt Hotel Company owned and operated the hotel and hired Wichita architect Samuel S. Voigt and Kansas City contractor Webster L. Elson to design and build the building. Elson not only supervised the rapid construction of the "fire-proof" building, he was a founding member of the Pratt Hotel Company, and he retained an ownership interest in the property for many years. The community hospital was established on the eighth floor of the building in 1932, complete with an operating room and an x-ray machine. Architecturally, the building is significant as an early and sophisticated example of the Art Deco style in central Kansas. The hotel opened as the Hotel Roberts in 1930, and continued under that name until 1959, when it was purchased by Monte Parrish and renamed the Hotel Parrish. It is nominated for its local significance in the areas of architecture and community planning and development.

Norden Bombsight Storage Vaults

Picture of property 305 Flint Road
Pratt (Pratt County)
Listed in National Register Sep 25, 2012

Architect: US Army Corps of Engineers
Area of Significance: air-related
Architectural Style(s): Other
Thematic Nomination: World War II-Era Aviation-Related Resources of Kansas

The Norden Bombsight Storage Vaults located at Pratt Army Airfield were built between 1942 and 1943 and provided a secure space to store, maintain, and issue the Norden Bombsights, which were classified as secret during most of World War II. Developed in the 1920s by American engineer Carl L. Norden for the US Navy, these instruments were key in conducting precision strategic bombings during the war. Pratt AAF's original mission was to process crews for overseas service with the 21st Bombardment Wing formed under the Second Air Force. In 1943, the field was re-assigned the mission of providing expedited training to the B-29 combat training program, becoming a base and temporary home for bombardment groups headed overseas. Under this new mission, the base expanded its physical plant and number of personnel. The first two-vault building was built to support a squadron with 12 aircraft, and when the mission was changed to support a bomb group of four squadrons, the second five-vault building was erected. Although the historic integrity of the surrounding airfield has diminished with the construction of modern warehouses to adapt to changing uses, these vaults are an important remnant of the broader air defense strategy during World War II.

Parachute Building

Picture of property 40131 Barker Ave
Pratt (Pratt County)
Listed in National Register Apr 22, 2009

Architect: U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
Area of Significance: air-related
Architectural Style(s): Other

The Parachute Building at Pratt Army Air Field, built in 1942-1943, is typical of mid-20th century military construction. Although simple in design with little architectural ornamentation, its form and appearance reflect its intended use as a facility for inspecting, packing, and repairing parachutes during World War II. There are two sections - a 40-foot tall parachute loft and a short, gabled, one-story parachute packing area. The building is part of the Pratt Army Air Field (PAAF), which was created in 1942 at the direction of the War Department for training bombardment wings and B-29 groups. Only a few of the base's World War II-era resources are extant, and the Parachute Building is the most intact. A recent survey of World War II-era air bases in Kansas noted only one other extant parachute building located at Coffeyville. The Pratt Parachute Building was nominated for its association with mid-20th century military practices and for its architectural significance as an example of World War II-era military construction.

Pratt Archeological Site

Picture of property Address Restricted
Pratt (Pratt County)
Listed in National Register Apr 13, 1972

Architect: Not listed
Area of Significance: archaeological site; village site

Rice, J.R., Farmstead

Picture of property NE4, SE4, SE4, NE4, 3-28-15, Cullison vicinity (see notes)
Cullison (Pratt County)
Listed in National Register Jan 7, 2000

Architect: Not listed
Area of Significance: agricultural outbuilding; secondary structure; single dwelling
Architectural Style(s): Other

Sawyer City Jail

Picture of property SW side of downtown Sawyer, located in the alley W of Main St
Sawyer (Pratt County)
Listed in National Register Jul 21, 2022

Architect: W. W. Sample & S. Wysong
Area of Significance: vacant/not in use
Architectural Style(s): Vernacular

Sawyer City Jail is a small one-room brick jail and is significant for its arched masonry roof. Small jails in rural Kansas were historically used to temporarily house inebriated persons or other criminals until they could be transported to the county jail. Sawyer is about 10 miles away from Pratt, the county seat of Pratt County, where any lawbreakers would have been transported once the Marshall found the time. The Sawyer jail is one of few remaining one-room jails in Kansas, and its unique arched masonry roof makes it significant. Other one-room jails are usually constructed of solid concrete, wood clapboards, or stone, making the Sawyer City Jail stand out amongst other jails of its type.

Thornton Adobe Barn

Picture of property 1 mile E and 1.25 miles N of Isabel
Isabel vicinity (Pratt County)
Listed in National Register Dec 10, 2003

Architect: Not listed
Area of Significance: animal facility
Architectural Style(s): Other

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