Historical Architecture

Eaton Place

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.

What Clients Say

“I believe that the completion of this project [The Eaton Hotel] was due, in large measure, to the commitment and dedication of all parties involved and to their willingness to do whatever it took. WDM was one of those wonderful partners, and I recommend them, without reservation, as experts in their field who would make a superb partner in the restoration or redevelopment of old and historic sites.”

Joan B. Cole

Former City of Wichita Council Member, Former Advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation

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