About the Project
John B. Carey, an Irish immigrant and one-time mayor of Wichita, built this five-story Second Empire-style hotel in 1887 at a cost of $100,000. Working with the City of Wichita and MetroPlains Development, WDM was hired to renovate an entire square block for mixed-used development consisting of 115 upscale apartments, 30,000 square feet of commercial space and a parking garage.
The historic renovation and preservation work provided by WDM included 410 historically accurate aluminum sash replacement windows, extensive brick and stone restoration, and wooden frames inlaid with glass. Public areas beaten down by time were restored to their original aura of old-time quality and luxury.
The Eaton Place project also included renovation of the entire block of seven additional historic buildings, plus a new six-story annex and parking garage designed sympathetic to the historic environs context. The resultant project is a showcase for Wichita’s Old Town development and has received numerous awards for historic renovation and urban redevelopment.
Eaton Place qualified for Historic Tax Credits and Housing Tax Credits.