Riverview Apartments
404-408 Back Bay Boulevard


Placed on the Kansas &
National Registers of Historic Places

Photo by DC & VC, 11/02

(Quoted from the Wichita Historic Preservation Booklet, Discover Historic Wichita, found on the internet at: http://www.wichita.gov/NR/rdonlyres/82A4BFD3-948C-4BB4-A6AF-E9D9F73A7D69/0/DHWbookletforweb.pdf

Designed by William L. Schultz (1884-1968) and built by real estate speculator and contractor J.W. Schrader and Sons in 1927-1928, these garden apartments were constructed at the peak of Wichita’s oil boom. The newspaper reported, “…they have all the very latest built-in features…are decorated in the latest Italian stucco...and the lighting fixtures are of the latest design.” Garden apartments are typically two to three-story multiple unit buildings with a landscaped setting. Built in an “E” configuration with courtyard, the Riverview Apartments were designed to integrate with the river setting and originally had a panoramic view of the Arkansas River and Central Riverside Park. (RHKP, NRHP)