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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Wichita High School

Picture of property 324 North Emporia
Wichita (Sedgwick County)
Listed in National Register 2009-10-08

Architect: William Butts Ittner (1865-1936)
Category: school
Thematic Nomination: Historic Public Schools of Kansas

Wichita High School was designed by architect William B. Ittner and erected in 1910-1911 in the Collegiate Gothic style. Based in St. Louis, Ittner designed public school buildings throughout the Midwest, including Liberty Memorial High School and Woodlawn Elementary School in Lawrence. The Wichita High School building is three stories and features a brick exterior with stone quoins at the building's corners. Two slightly projecting crenellated towers flank the central entrance. Above the entrance on the corbels beneath the second-story windows are sculpted figures representing educational themes. The building no longer functions as a school, and current plans call for it to be rehabilitated into apartments. It was nominated as part of the Historic Public Schools of Kansas multiple property listing for its architectural significance.

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