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Woolf Brothers Clothing Company Building

Picture of property 135 East Douglas
Wichita (Sedgwick County)
Listed in National Register May 1, 2013

Architect: Schmidt, Lorentz
Area of Significance: specialty store
Architectural Style(s): Chicago

The Woolf Brothers Clothing Company building opened in 1923 as the newest addition to the Woolf Brothers chain of stores, owned by Kansas City, Missouri businessman Herbert Woolf, who had taken over the family business after his father's death in 1915. The Woolf Brothers business began in 1866 when Samuel Woolf, a former Union Army soldier from New York, and his brother Alfred opened the Woolf Brothers' Shirt Depot in Leavenworth. The two men moved their business to Kansas City by 1879. By 1920, Herbert was looking to expand the business into other markets like Wichita, and within a decade branches were located in Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma. The Wichita business was located in the heart of downtown in a three-story building designed by Wichita architect Lorentz Schmidt and built by George Siedhoff. It exemplifies the hallmarks of the Chicago School of Architecture, with its exterior grid, prominent tripartite fenestration configuration, and overall exterior composition with base, shaft, and highly ornamented cornice. The building was nominated for its local significance in the areas of commerce and architecture.

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