Downtown buildings reflect Wichita's history and growth.
From sleek modern designs to art deco influences to elaborate and ornately carved limestone, Downtown Wichita offers numerous examples of the city’s architectural heritage. Wichita has long been aware of the value of its historic buildings; the City Council adopted the first preservation ordinance in Kansas in 1975 and the city has seven historic districts and 100 individual structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Downtown revitalization efforts include adaptively reusing historic commercial buildings and a perfect example is Old Town. This area is home to a cluster of night clubs, bars, restaurants, a movie theater, retail, and apartments and condominiums, many of which make use of historical warehouse-type spaces.
In addition to our historic architecture, Downtown Wichita showcases several new buildings that activate the street and inspire a unique sense of place. Project Downtown has helped guide multiple new construction projects during the planning and design process including INTRUST Bank Arena, the Kansas Leadership Center and the Robert D. Love Downtown YMCA.
Like many cities around the country, Wichita has experienced a renaissance of its Downtown and riverfront, with historic structures preserved, new buildings appearing on the skyline and the addition of public spaces with art and parks. As Downtown continues to strengthen walkable connections, we encourage you to discover the beauty of Wichita’s Downtown architecture by simply taking a walk around Downtown.