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Wichita - Downtown

Wichita is the 50th largest city in the United States by population (390,000) and is the largest city of the Wichita-Arkansas City-Winfield Combined Statistical Area (645,000) in Kansas.

This thread will focus on a variety of features in downtown, including the stretch of the Arkansas River that forms its Western boundary.

Exploration Place:
This striking hands-on science and natural history museum sits on the Western bank of the river within walking distance of the downtown; it was designed by Moshe Safdie.































The Keeper of the Plains:
Located at a convergence in the river near downtown, this monumental sculpture sits in a rocky plaza and is connected to the banks by two pedestrian bridges.



















Eastern bank of the Arkansas River:
A pedestrian path runs along the bank, punctuated by several plazas, memorials, fountains, and underpasses of a few small bridges that cross the river.































Hyatt Regency:
The remainder of this thread will show many of the notable buildings in the core of the city, which is not very dense, starting with this riverside tower.



YMCA:





INTRUST Bank Arena:







Epic Center:
This is Kansas' tallest building at 385'.



Wichita City Hall:





Wichita Public Library:
The central library of the city is recently closed and replaced with a branch that is across the river from downtown (not shown here).





The Garvey Center:





Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center:











Various houses of worship:























Wichita Scottish Rite Center:





Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum (originally city hall):







Old Sedgwick County Courthouse:









Old City Library:



Wichita U.S. Courthouse and Post Office:











Various historic buildings:

























































All photos taken by geomorph in 2018.

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Great shots and beautiful buildings. What's going to happen with the recently closed central library building?
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Very nice. I really enjoyed my stay in Wichita a few years back.
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I really like Wichita, it's a great little city. It's crazy that the city proper is larger than Cleveland these days, although its metro area is still smaller than Dayton's or even Toledo's MSAs.
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Great tour! Looks like Wichita has a large variety of quality buildings. All the sculptures and parkland you showed adds a lot to the city's attractiveness.
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Old Town

Here are some additional photos; these are from Old Town, which is an historic district with some modern in-fill adjacent to downtown across a railroad right-of-way.

























All photos taken by geomorph in 2018.
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Great thread!! Wichita does seem to have a nice central downtown core, although I am somewhat disappointed that it doesn't seem to attract more development for downtown living, lofts and whatnot. While the Old Town looks pretty nice, you'd think there would be a lot more to offer in the realm of entertainment. Maybe they do, and I just don't pay enough attention. I haven't been there in quite a long time, and I don't live very far away!! Love to see a few more office towers go up!!
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Great shots and beautiful buildings. What's going to happen with the recently closed central library building?
I have not found any news of a new purpose for the old building, nor for any demolition. Just a few articles from the summer saying that some of the old furniture and shelves were for sale and needed to be removed by October 2 of 2018.
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Nice to see Wichita on here. It looks a little better than I expected. It is definitely as "low" as I figured, but I also assumed it would have a pretty pathetic Downtown.
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Great thread!! Wichita does seem to have a nice central downtown core, although I am somewhat disappointed that it doesn't seem to attract more development for downtown living, lofts and whatnot.
Yes there was very little downtown living here, but a large condo or apartment project was being constructed along the river on the opposite bank from downtown and it looked like it would add some vibrancy.
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Yes there was very little downtown living here, but a large condo or apartment project was being constructed along the river on the opposite bank from downtown and it looked like it would add some vibrancy.
Yes, Wichita does need a little bit of a makeover in terms of downtown. It needs a couple skyscrapers to really beautify it. A skyscraper around 40-45 stories and 550-600 feet tall near Century 2 and a 30-35 story 450 foot tall high rise near the Epic Center would be great. The Epic Center is like 22 or 23 stories and 320 feet to the top floor and is close to 400 feet to the tip. https://www.penumbrariverwalk.com/. I am still hoping this company is going to bring change to Wichita.

Here is a nice picture of the Epic Center in Wichita at full height. https://images.app.goo.gl/EcPhA7oAJ7WYx7TJ8

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High quality buildings. I like the brutalism on the plains.
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High quality buildings. I like the brutalism on the plains.
With the exception of North Dakota and South Dakota, Kansas has one of the smallest skylines in the Midwest. Des Moines, Iowa which is half the size of Wichita, Kansas has a 45 story building 630 feet building. They have had it since 1991. I am hoping for a building that will be closer to 600 feet tall. Even at 600 feet Wichita would still be the smallest skyline in the Midwest with the exception again of North Dakota and South Dakota.
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Des Moines, Iowa which is half the size of Wichita, Kansas has a 45 story building 630 feet building. They have had it since 1991.
Des Moines metro ~700k is slightly larger than Wichita metro ~640k
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Really enjoyed the tour. Used to drive past all the time back in the 80's. Fine architectural examples. Really fine. I loved all the sculptures. I wish those things were incorporated throughout all cities en mass.
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