After a rigorous application process, the Vickers building in Haysville has been placed on the Register of Kansas Historic Places and is being considered for the National Register of Historic Places and is being considered for listing on the National Historic Register.


Located at 140 N. Main Street, the Vickers Station was built in 1954 and is the first service station in the nation to feature the architecturally significant ‘batwing’ design. The batwing concept, developed by architect John M. Hickman, was at the forefront of the Futurism style. Mr. Hickman, who apprenticed under Frank Lloyd Wright at the University of Illinois, also designed downtown Wichita’s Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center and Wichita State University’s Ablah Library. The feeling evoked by the property reflects its period of significance. With its bold geometric form, the service station easily embodies the character of Post-War Modernism. Having two historic gas islands in front of the station, the property is easily distinguishable as a service station.


The Vickers Station is of historic importance for more than oil industry history and first-of-its-kind architecture. When an F4 tornado cut a trail of destruction through the center of Haysville in 1999, the original exterior masonry of the Vickers Station was one of the few structures on the east side of Main Street left intact. Prior to the tornado, the building sat vacant for many years, but the community was inspired to preserve Vickers Station after seeing the destruction throughout town. In 2007, the interior was remodeled to serve as office space and is now home to the Haysville Chamber of Commerce.



1954



May 3, 99 Tornado damage



2019



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