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Great Bend Central Business District

Picture of property Roughly bounded by buildings fronting all sides of the courthouse square
Great Bend (Barton County)
Listed in National Register 2022-07-21

Architect: Not listed
Category: commercial district

The central business district of Great Bend was surveyed and laid out in 1871 to take advantage of the site’s location along the Santa Fe Trail and the coming of the railroad. Its layout adopted a traditional gridded street arrangement with a central park surrounded by commercial blocks. As planned, the blocks were separated by alleys, and the park quickly became a center of government when Great Bend was selected as the county seat and the courthouse erected at the center. The distribution of mid-century public architecture speaks toward city planning initiatives to separate new civic buildings from the pedestrian-oriented commercial center. In addition to being the commercial and political center of the region, Great Bend was also a social epicenter for the city and county. Residents and visitors alike gathered in the central business district to enjoy its many amenities including theaters, an opera house, the band shell, and the many pool halls and saloons.

High Rise Apartments

Picture of property 1101 Kansas Avenue
Great Bend (Barton County)
Listed in National Register 2020-09-23

Architect: Butler and Associates
Category: domestic; multiple dwelling

In 1972, the Great Bend Housing Authority completed High Rise Apartments in response to the need for a solution to the elderly housing crisis. The initiative for public housing capitalized on the availability of federal funding in the creation of 101 senior housing units, in a distinct Brutalist high-rise tower design. These developments represent the Great Bend Housing Authority’s (GBHA) mission of affordable and quality senior housing provision. They also illustrated the GBHA’s broad commitment to create not just shelter for the elderly but a holistic program that encouraged independent senior living through thoughtful site selection, design, and amenities that catered to elderly residents. The high-rise design exemplified goals of both the GBHA and public housing design guidelines for senior housing at the time. The period of significance is 1972 when construction was completed. Given the moratorium on new construction and the shift to the voucher system under the Nixon Administration in 1973, High Rise is the only example of this historic context in Great Bend.

Hoisington High School

Picture of property 218 E 7th St
Hoisington (Barton County)
Listed in National Register 2005-11-15

Architect: Brinkman & Hagan
Category: school
Thematic Nomination: Historic Public Schools of Kansas

Designed by Emporia architects Jerome Brinkman and Stanley Hagen, Hoisington High School was constructed in 1940 through the Public Works Administration. The three-story blond brick building features Art Deco-style stone ornamentation and carved detailing. The nomination also includes a 1937 native stone stadium constructed by the Works Projects Administration. The property was nominated as part of the "New Deal-Era Resources of Kansas" multiple property nomination for its contribution to community growth and for its architecture.

Manweiler-Maupin Chevrolet

Picture of property 271 S. Main Street
Hoisington (Barton County)
Listed in National Register 2012-10-09

Architect: Mann & Company
Category: specialty store
Thematic Nomination: Roadside Kansas

The Manweiler-Maupin Chevrolet Dealership in downtown Hoisington was constructed in 1944. The building serves as the third location of the Hoisington-based dealership, which was founded in 1928 by J.B. Slade. The business not only survived the Great Depression, but outgrew its original location and relocated in 1932. Slade sold the business to his two sons-in-law, August Manweiler and Wayne Maupin, in 1937. It was during World War II that the two partners decided to build a new facility, and one of the most unique aspects of the building's history is the timing of its construction during the war when auto assembly had come to a halt as production shifted to the war effort. Plans and specifications were provided by Mann and Company of Hutchinson. The building reflects the Streamline Art Moderne style with the curved showroom, rounded corner, use of glass block and horizontal banding around the building. Today the business continues under the ownership and operation of Slade's great-grandson Gene Manweiler. It was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places as part of the "Roadside Kansas" multiple property nomination for its local significance in the areas of commerce and architecture.

Nagel House

Picture of property 1411 Wilson St
Great Bend (Barton County)
Listed in National Register 2001-03-02

Architect: Brack Implements, Great Bend, Kansas
Category: secondary structure; single dwelling
Thematic Nomination: Lustron Houses of Kansas

The Nagel House was nominated for its architectural significance as one of fewer than 100 extant Lustron houses in Kansas. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, architectural pundits heralded the prefabricated house - particularly the metal house - as the wave of the future. The most famous producer of the prefabricated metal home of the postwar era was the Lustron Corporation, which manufactured an all-steel house that it boasted could be sold for $7,000. The Nagel Residence, constructed in 1950 by Brack Implements of Great Bend, is the Newport Deluxe two-bedroom model with a "Dove Gray" exterior and green roof tiles. There were eight Lustron dealers in Kansas - including Brack Implements in Great Bend. The Nagel House was one of nine Lustron houses to be built in the Crescent Park Addition of Great Bend.

NHRA (SRCA) Drag Strip

Picture of property Great Bend Expo Area, West 10th Street
Great Bend (Barton County)
Listed in State Register 1994-08-20

Architect: unknown
Category: sports facility

The National Hot Rod Association /Sunflower Rod and Custom Association (NHRA/SRCA) Drag Strip was constructed circa 1942-43 as an Army Airfield during World War II. Located at the Great Bend Expo Area, the City of Great Bend purchased the base in 1946. In 1954, the SRCA was founded in Great Bend and, with city approval, was allowed to use the airfield as a drag strip. The SRCA joined the NHRA in 1955 and petitioned the NHRA to have the national drag strip championships located here. The NHRA held its first drag racing championship at this location.

Pawnee Rock, Pawnee Rock State Park

Picture of property Pawnee Rock vicinity
Pawnee Rock (Barton County)
Listed in National Register 1970-12-29

Architect: Not listed
Category: conservation area

To travelers on the Santa Fe Trail, this sandstone citadel marked the halfway point of the trail and was one of the most prominent landmarks on their long journey. Native Americans were said to have met at Pawnee Rock and reputedly used it as a vantage point to spot bison herds and approaching wagon trains.

Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church

Picture of property 498 NE 110 Ave
Ellinwood (Barton County)
Listed in State Register 2007-12-01

Architect: Not listed
Category: vacant/not in use; religious facility

Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church is an example of a Gothic-influenced gable-front, two-story brick building. The 1892 church exhibits the characteristic centered gable front entrance on the west elevation and five Gothic arch stained glass windows on the side elevations. A semicircular apse is located at the rear. It is significant for its late nineteenth century Gothic-inspired architecture.

U.S. Post Office

Picture of property 121 E 2nd St
Hoisington (Barton County)
Listed in National Register 1989-10-17

Architect: Dorothea Tomlinson, Louis Simon
Category: post office
Thematic Nomination: Kansas Post Offices with Artwork

Constructed circa 1936 as part of the U.S. Treasury Department's Section of Painting and Sculpture program, the Hoisington Post Office is a one-story, Classical Revival brick building with gabled roof. It is an example of the smaller class of the standardized design type that was repeated throughout the U.S. during the 1930s. A mural titled "Wheat Center" by artist Dorothea Tomlinson was created in 1938 and is displayed on the east wall of the interior. The post office was nominated as part of the "Kansas Post Offices with Artwork (1936-1942)" multiple property nomination for its mural and its association with the Section Program.

Walnut Creek Bridge

Picture of property .6 miles northwest of Heizer
Heizer (Barton County)
Listed in National Register 1990-01-04

Architect: Not listed
Category: road-related
Thematic Nomination: Metal Truss Bridges in Kansas

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