Hotel at Old Town (Keen Kutter Building), First & Mead.
built in 1906, the Keen Kutter building was reputed to be
the strongest building in Wichita and the single largest
warehouse building anywhere on Earth. The cupola on top
housed an immense 20,000-gallon water tank, part of an elaborate
fire suppression system that included air breaks at each
floor. Designed in a hybrid Italianate-Romanesque style
by St. Louis architects Mauran, Russell and Garden, this
massive structure strongly resembled the Cupples Building
in St. Louis. Today it serves as The Hotel at Old Town,
providing luxurious lodging in the heart of the fast-growing
Old Town district.