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The new Broadview

February 5th, 2012 at 4:28 pm

This past year Broadview Tower at 6th & Merchant in Emporia has undergone a renovation. They blasted off all the beige paint and it looks much, much better.  Awnings have gone up just like it had in its early days.

Mark Schondelmaier offered this postcard picture of the Broadview Hotel. The card has a 1931 postmark.


Here’s a 2008 photo. Don’t know why they ever painted it in the first place.



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  1. Janet Fish
    February 5th, 2012 at 17:45 | #1

    Is the air raid watch tower part still up there? Have they used that for storm watching too?

  2. February 5th, 2012 at 18:46 | #2

    It’s nice to see it back in shape!

  3. February 11th, 2012 at 16:00 | #3

    According to Laura French’s History of Emporia and Lyon County, Kansas, the Broadview opened in 1923 and cost $400,000, which says a lot about the affluence in Emporia back then. I’m so glad that they’re bringing to back to its former appearance.

    Janet – I don’t think it’s so much an air raid tower as the local airplane control tower. At least, I think that’s the case now.

  4. Greenseeds
    February 13th, 2012 at 17:24 | #4

    What’s the building used for? And I agree, the beige paint did nothing for the building. Love it’s returned to its past glory.

  5. February 13th, 2012 at 17:41 | #5

    Greenseeds – it’s low-income housing for seniors and disabled folks.