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National and State Registers of Historic Places

St. Francis City Park (Sawhill Park)

Picture of property 300 Block of E Washington Street
St. Francis (Cheyenne County)
Listed in National Register Jul 10, 2008

Architect: Sawhill, Howard T.
Category: park; theater; civic
Thematic Nomination: New Deal-era Resources of Kansas

The construction of St. Francis' Sawhill Park was partially funded and completed in 1934 by the Civil Works Administration of the New Deal era. Local artist Howard T. Sawhill designed the site and oversaw its construction. Key park features include a bandshell, amphitheater, fountain, walkways, benches, and a concrete American flag all situated on an entire city block. The horseshoe shaped concrete amphitheater with four rows of seats faces an Art Deco-style concrete block bandshell. Originally known as the St. Francis City Park, it was renamed in honor of Sawhill in 1966.

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