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What might be lost?

Photos from Wichita's past reveal many marvelous works of architecture that no longer exist. The Miller Theater, Allis Hotel, historic Riverside homes and others. Why? Because previous generations lacked the foresight to preserve these iconic structures. Yet our city may be on the verge of committing the same mistake again.

Why is Century II worth saving?

The public demands a vote on the fate of Century II

Century II History

Century II opened in January 1969 at a cost to the City of $12.5 million. Replacing The Forum on the riverfront, the new performing arts and convention center was built to coincide with Wichita's centennial in 1970. Designed by the firm John M. Hickman and Associates, the building features 200,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space including 22 meeting rooms and three separate performance halls. In 1986, Bob Brown Hall was completed, connecting the structure to an additional 93,000 sq. ft. of convention space. In 1997, the Hyatt Regency Wichita was built adjoining the center.

Today, Century II is home to Music Theatre Wichita, Wichita Grand Opera, Wichita Symphony Orchestra and Wichita Theater Organ as well as several smaller groups. The facility also hosts numerous conventions, trade shows, national performing arts shows and public exhibits. Over its 48-year history, performances here have ranged from Frank Sinatra to Johnny Cash, Rodney Dangerfield to Kevin Hart, "Cats" to "Les Miserables," gun shows to the Miss USA Pageant. And Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush and Donald Trump have all appeared at one time or another on a Century II stage.

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