Eaton Place Apartments


517 E Douglas Wichita, KS 67202

1 & 2 Bedroom and lofts

On December 27, 1900, the hotel gained nation-wide recognition after militant prohibitionist Carry Nation waged an attack in the hotel bar. The bar, which was reportedly the show saloon of Wichita and one of the most elegant bars in the Midwest, contained the nude picture "Cleopatra at the Bath", which was painted by noted Wichita artist, John Noble.

While spouting the dangers of alcohol, she proceeded to destroy the massive mirror behind the bar, several bottles of whiskey and attempted to ruin the painting by throwing billiard balls at it. The actual location of where the bar was located is unknown.

Eaton Place is even more important to the historic integrity of the city of Wichita because it is the only contiguous block face of commercial buildings remaining in the East Douglas Historic District. Its location on the edge of the central business district establishes it as a link between the central business district and the revitalized historic ‘Old Town District’.

After years of decay, the City of Wichita acquired the block in 1998 and requested proposals from developers. From this process MetroPlains was selected to redevelop the property and work in cooperation with the City to bring the project where it is today.