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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Grandview Terrace Apartments

Picture of property 1736-1748 N Hillside St
Wichita (Sedgwick County)
Listed in National Register Apr 5, 2016

Architect: Overend & Boucher
Category: domestic; multiple dwelling
Thematic Nomination: Residential Resources of Wichita, Sedgwick County, KS, 1870-1957

Constructed in 1949-1950, the Grandview Terrace Apartments were nominated under Criterion A as a rare example of a post-World War II, private apartment building in the Fairmount neighborhood in north central Wichita. With the influx of WWII veterans and increase in job opportunities in aviation, the housing shortage in Wichita that began in 1940 and 1941 continued well into the 1950s. Local real-estate women Maud Beech (sister of Beech Aircraft founder) and Marguerite Mollohan took advantage of the unmet demand for modern living. The apartment complex included covered off-street parking as well as a beauty salon, pharmacy and restaurant. The property is also significant under Criterion C as a distinct 1950 Modern building and as a representative of established Wichita architects Overend & Boucher. The Grandview Terrace Apartments reflect the general tenants of the post-World War II Modern apartment building not unlike the federal housing during and after the war. The apartment building was nominated under the Residential Resources of Wichita multiple property nomination as a rare Modern representative of the Conventional Low-Rise Apartment Building property type.

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