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Liz Kowalchuk, Speaker

Associate Professor of Museum Studies Program and the Visual Art Department at the University of Kansas

Kansas’ Local Architecture: History, Place, and Identity

When the Ness City Bank was built in 1890, it was called the Skyscraper of the Plains because it was the tallest building between Topeka and Denver. Still a remarkable structure today, it reflects the optimism of the time when citizens looked forward to a bright future and a growing city. Corner banks as well as opera houses, gas stations, courthouses, and other forms of public and commercial architecture, are found in rural towns across Kansas. While some structures have changed, many remain vital. Collectively these buildings contribute to past and present identity. Individually, they reflect continuity, resilience, and place. In this presentation, discover stories of Kansas’ everyday built environment and consider what happens to these structures over time. 

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