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Shiloh Baptist Church

Picture of property 1201 SW Buchanan Street
Topeka (Shawnee County)
Listed in National Register Jun 29, 2018

Architect: Scamell, Ralph E.
Area of Significance: religious facility
Architectural Style(s): Neoclassical

Shiloh Baptist Church's congregation was established in 1879 by a group of black people from Tennessee and Kentucky who came to Topeka and settled in King's Addition, a few blocks west of the State Capitol. King's Addition was historically also called "Tennessee Town" because of the large number of people who had come from Tennessee. The current building at 12th & Buchanan streets is the congregation's third structure. In 1926 the basement of the nominated building was completed and used for church services before the erection of the unfinished main auditorium in 1928. Between the years 1931 and 1939, the second unit of the church was partially improved, so that services which formerly had been held in the basement could be in the main auditorium. Major construction projects were completed throughout the ensuing years under the tenure of various senior pastors, until the building was completed in 1954. Shiloh Baptist Church is significant for its association with Topeka's African-American community of Tennessee Town and as a unique local example of the combination of Neoclassical and Rustic design.

Shoemaker, J. A., House

Picture of property 1434 SW Plass Ave
Topeka (Shawnee County)
Listed in National Register Jan 22, 2009

Architect: Glover, Walter E.
Area of Significance: single dwelling
Architectural Style(s): Tudor Revival

Well-known Topeka architect Walter E. Glover designed and erected the Shoemaker House in 1925 in the College Hill neighborhood north of Washburn University. Glover selected the popular Tudor Revival style, which includes such characteristics as a stucco-finished exterior with decorative half-timbering, steeply pitched roof, brick chimneys, and groups of multi-paned windows. He designed residential, commercial, civic, and educational buildings throughout Topeka and northeast Kansas. This property is nominated as a local example of an architect-designed Tudor Revival-style residence.

South Kansas Avenue Commercial Historic District

Picture of property Kansas Ave., bounded by 6th Ave., 10th Ave., SW Jackson St. & Quincy St.
Topeka (Shawnee County)
Listed in National Register Jul 7, 2015

Architect: Multiple
Area of Significance: commercial district

Topeka's South Kansas Avenue Commercial Historic District includes ten city blocks between 6th Avenue on the north and 10th Avenue on the south. The blocks flanking South Kansas Avenue form the primary historic commercial thoroughfare in the central business district of Topeka. The district incorporates all of the commercial, social, and civic functions necessary for the development of a successful urban center, with evidence of specific building booms and the influence of policy changes, such as urban renewal, present in the variety of building types and styles. The patterns of growth and density of the commercial core paralleled the development of the city as it grew mainly south and west from the original town site. Revitalization efforts in the 1960s and 1970s encouraged larger-scale development, and many businesses relocated away from the traditional commercial center. South Kansas Avenue was left with a concentration of banks, restaurants, and offices for government, utilities, and private companies. The nominated area represents the plethora of architectural styles popular during the course of Topeka's history. Buildings vary in scale from one to 16 stories high and from a narrow city lot to an entire city block in width. It is nominated for its local significance in the areas of commerce and architecture.

Stallard Mound 14SH320

Picture of property Address Restricted
Topeka (Shawnee County)
Listed in State Register Aug 10, 1981

Architect: Not listed
Area of Significance: archaeological site

State Capitol

Picture of property 300 SW 10th St
Topeka (Shawnee County)
Listed in National Register Sep 3, 1971

Architect: Haskell, John G.
Area of Significance: capitol
Architectural Style(s): Classical Revival

St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church

Picture of property 701 SW Topeka Blvd
Topeka (Shawnee County)
Listed in National Register Oct 16, 2008

Architect: Louis Wood
Area of Significance: religious facility
Architectural Style(s): Late Gothic Revival; Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals

The Saint John African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church congregation, which traces its roots in Topeka to 1868, met in a place known as the "Alley Barn", located in an alley between Harrison and Van Buren Streets. Near that area were the homes of free African-Americans and many ex-slaves who had migrated to Kansas after the Civil War. In 1877, a prayer circle of the congregation's members was developed into the Methodist Church Mission. Pastor John M. Wilkerson, the Missouri Conference's presiding elder at the time, became the church's first minister. Wilkerson chartered the organization as the St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church, which became the first AME church in Topeka. The thriving congregation purchased the land in 1882. The existing stone church was constructed over a period of years - from 1908 to 1926. Throughout the congregation's 139-year history, various activities have extended St. John AME Church beyond the religious realm and into the political, civic, charitable, and business spheres.

St. John's Lutheran School; Johannes Arms Apartments

Picture of property 315 W 4th St
Topeka (Shawnee County)
Listed in National Register Jan 3, 1985

Architect: Frank Squires
Area of Significance: school
Architectural Style(s): Other

St. Joseph's Catholic Church

Picture of property 227 SW Van Buren
Topeka (Shawnee County)
Listed in National Register Feb 24, 1971

Architect: Staudaher, George
Area of Significance: religious facility
Architectural Style(s): Romanesque

St. Joseph's School & Convent

Picture of property 304-308 SW Van Buren St.
Topeka (Shawnee County)
Listed in National Register Mar 14, 2019

Architect: Not listed
Area of Significance: church school; church-related residence
Architectural Style(s): Classical Revival; Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals

The St. Joseph School and Convent occupies the corner lot at 304-308 SW Van Buren Street near downtown Topeak, KS. The property includes three minimally-connected resources including St. Joseph’s School (1911-1912), the associated convent (1917), and a one-story 1988 addition. The three-story school and convent feature brick exteriors, limestone accents, and restrained classical revival ornament unify the resources. They exhibit complementary form and massing. The property retains excellent physical integrity and continues to convey its historic use and associations as an educational facility for German Catholic families. The property’s period significance spans from 1911, the date of construction of the school, to 1970 when the buildings were no longer used for educational purposes.

St. Mark's African Methodist Episcopal Church

Picture of property 801 NW Harrison Ave
Topeka (Shawnee County)
Listed in National Register Sep 30, 2019

Architect: L.M. Wood
Area of Significance: religious facility
Architectural Style(s): Romanesque

The St. Mark’s African Methodist Episcopal Church, located in Topeka, Kansas, is locally significant under Criterion A for its association with the African American twentieth-century Civil Rights Movement. It served as a local community gathering place to promote African-American education and discuss the Brown vs. Board of Education case. St. Mark’s AME Church is specifically associated with Rev. Oliver Brown, the Brown family, and the Brown family role in the landmark Supreme court case Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education, which took place from 1950 to 1954. The church is also significant under Criterion B, from 1953 to 1959, from the time Oliver Brown became a reverend for the church to the time he was asked to move to Springfield, Missouri to lead a different congregation. This period overlaps with the Supreme Court case. The church stands as a historic symbol to Topekans who remember it as the first church assigned to Oliver Leon Brown, the first listed plaintiff of Brown vs. Board of Education, Topeka, Kansas.

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