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S.H. Kress Building


category : Historic Buildings
Built in 1929, this is a two-story buff brick structure with distinctive terra cotta trim. The design motifs, vaguely Gothic or Elizabethian, are common to Kress store designs throughout the city. This building, renovated in 1982 for use as retail and office space, is an excellent example of adaptive reuse of an historic structure. The ground floor retains its original curved glass display windows. Feel free to walk through, noting the arches, columns, pressed tin ceilings, greenery, and historic Emporia photographs.


Address: 702 Commercial

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Emporia Center for the Arts

The Emporia Arts Council offices are in a building that was once a car dealership, and has been renovated with volunteer labor. The building also houses exhibits, classes, programs, theatre performances, and premiere performances by renowned artists.

Emporia, KS Arts

Emporia Parks

C of E Park at 15th and Chestnut, Fremont Park at 4th and Union, Hammond Park at 18th between Center and State, Jones Park, south of 24

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Lyon County Museum Research Center and Archives

The archives house one of the state's largest collections of letters, diaries, and local newspapers, dating from Lyon County's early settlement to the present. There are more than 25 scrapbooks alphabetized by family name that cover more than 100

Emporia, KS Museums

Cookie Jar Heaven

2000 cookie jars and 300

Emporia, KS Museums

Lyon County Historical Museum & Gift Gallery

The Lyon County Historical Museum is located in the 1904 Carnegie Library Building and is on the National Register of Historic Places

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