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Memorial Building

Picture of property 120 W 10th St
Topeka (Shawnee County)
Listed in National Register Jul 17, 1975

Architect: Chandler, Charles
Area of Significance: civic; clubhouse
Architectural Style(s): Renaissance; Other

Menninger Clinic Building

Picture of property 3535 W 6th St
Topeka (Shawnee County)
Listed in National Register Feb 13, 1975

Architect: Not listed
Area of Significance: clinic
Architectural Style(s): Prairie School; Other

Mill Block Historic District

Picture of property 101-129 North Kansas Avenue
Topeka (Shawnee County)
Listed in National Register Jul 7, 2015

Architect: Unknown
Area of Significance: warehouse
Architectural Style(s): Other

The Mill Block Historic District is a five-building light industrial district along Topeka's main commercial street, Kansas Avenue, just north of the central business district, between 1st Avenue and NW Crane Street. The buildings reflect the light industrial and commercial warehouse development that occurred along the river at the north end of the downtown commercial core once the presence of railroads was firmly established in Topeka. Constructed between 1904 and 1930 as wholesale warehouse and distribution facilities, the buildings communicate the evolution of this industry from rail to road transportation. At the time of nomination, the resources continued to function as warehouses. The district is nominated for its local commercial significance.

Monroe Elementary School

Picture of property 1515 Monroe
Topeka (Shawnee County)
Listed in National Register Nov 6, 1991

National Historic Landmark, 11/6/1991

Architect: Williamson, Thomas W.
Area of Significance: school
Architectural Style(s): Renaissance

Sumner and Monroe elementary schools are associated with the landmark 1954 Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, and are significant in the areas of law, politics, government, and social history. In this case, student Linda Brown was refused entrance into Sumner Elementary after attempting to transfer from Monroe Elementary because she was an African American. Her father, Reverend Oliver Brown, was the principal plaintiff in the case when the suit was filed in 1951. The distance of the Monroe Elementary School from Linda Brown's home and the proximity of the Sumner Elementary School to her home was the central reason Reverend Brown agreed to be a plaintiff in the case. The US Supreme Court concluded that "separate education facilities are inherently unequal," denying legal basis for segregation in 21 states with segregated class rooms.

Morgan House

Picture of property 1335 SW Harrison St
Topeka (Shawnee County)
Listed in National Register Apr 28, 2004

Architect: Not listed
Area of Significance: domestic
Architectural Style(s): Bungalow/Craftsman

North Topeka Baptist Church

Picture of property 123 NW Gordon
Topeka (Shawnee County)
Listed in National Register Jan 18, 2011

Architect: Williamson & Co.
Area of Significance: religious facility
Architectural Style(s): Classical Revival

North Topeka Baptist Church, built in 1921 and 1922, is located at the southeast corner of NW Gordon and NW Jackson streets on the western edge of the historic commercial core of North Topeka. The building was designed by Williamson and Company of Topeka and built by G. Carlson and Son contractors for $40,000. It is an example of Classical Revival architecture and features a monumental front-gable portico supported by four Corinthian columns. A key turning point in the history of this building came in 1951 when a devastating flood affected much of the Kansas River valley. Much of North Topeka was under water as the Kansas River spilled out of its banks. Water was several inches deep in the church sanctuary. The congregation salvaged what remained, remodeled the interior, and built a new Sunday school building onto the south side of the church in 1952. The building, which still serves the same congregation, was nominated for its architecture.

Oakwood Farms

Picture of property 2449 and 2521 NE Sherman Rd
Topeka vicinity (Shawnee County)
Listed in State Register May 2, 1992

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

Park Plaza Apartments

Picture of property 1275 SW Fillmore Street
Topeka (Shawnee County)
Listed in National Register Jun 1, 2021

Architect: Carl G. Ossman & Associates
Area of Significance: domestic; multiple dwelling
Architectural Style(s): International Style; Modern Movement
Thematic Nomination: Mid-Century Modern Non-Single-Family Residential Architecture in Topeka 1945-1975

Constructed in 1959, the Park Plaza Apartments at 1275 SW Fillmore Street in Topeka are an intact illustration of garden apartments constructed to accommodate a record population growth during the post-World War II era. While several mid-20th century suburban neighborhoods developed throughout the City as the corporate limits expanded westward and southward, a handful of apartment buildings were erected within the earlier neighborhoods. Among those neighborhoods is the Throop’s Addition in central Topeka, just southwest of downtown, which began development in the late-19th century. Park Plaza Apartments is also a rare example of a private residential cooperative to be formed by a small group of wealthy Topekans in the 1950s. The three known cooperatives (Park Plaza, Central Park, and Lakeside Apartments) partnered with architectural firm Osmann & Associates for the design of the luxury apartments.

Pottawatomie Baptist Mission

Picture of property 6425 SW 6th Ave
Topeka (Shawnee County)
Listed in National Register Feb 28, 1973

Architect: Not listed
Area of Significance: religious facility; church school
Architectural Style(s): Other

Potwin Place Historic District

Picture of property Bounded by Willow on the south; the alley west of Woodlawn on the west; Grove on the north; and generally the alley east of Greenwood on the east.
Topeka (Shawnee County)
Listed in National Register May 1, 1980

Architect: Not listed
Area of Significance: single dwelling
Architectural Style(s): Italianate; Queen Anne; Stick/Eastlake

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