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Wichita

Twentieth Century Club

This building was originally a Colonial Revival style residence that became the home of the Twentieth Century Club. The Club supporting fine arts, education and literary undertakings purchased the house in 1923. In 1925 it constructed a two-story brick addition on the east side. This section serves as the main entrance on Elm Street. In 1931 an auditorium in Art Deco with Spanish influences was constructed with a seating capacity of 700. Until 2004, the Louise C. Murdock Theatre was simply known as the theater of the 20th Century Club. Unlike many classic theatres in the city, it remained in continual use throughout the decades. It was said the interior presented a "symphony of simplicity" in its color scheme of natural stone walls, rusty-red curtains, pearl gray back curtains and dark green seats. The original seats are still in use and the Club`s original logo can be seen on the front curtain. The Building is being renovated and altered for use as an auditorium.