Eureka has a beautiful and intact built environment with historic buildings that reflect decades of growth. Original buildings date to 1877. Trains, cars, cattle and oil came to town and so did the Greenwood Hotel (1883), Millers Dry Goods (1887), a men’s clothier (1890), the opera house (1880) and the Farmers and Drovers Bank (1890). Today the older buildings are sprinkled with a variety of architectural classifications brought on by decades of change. The buildings reflect Italianate, Queen Anne, Romanesque, Spanish Revival and Collegiate Gothic styles. Time marches on to also reflect commercial and Modern Movement designs.
In the 1970’s a building burned but Eureka’s Garden Club has lovingly maintained a mini-park in this area for decades, creating a beautiful place to sit and relax.
In the past six months Eureka has created murals on two buildings within the historic district. The first was a “Paint by Number” community project funded with help from the Kansas Creative Arts and Industries Commission. The second was funded through an anonymous donation. A mural designed by Brady Scott, Eureka Native and muralist musician who has created art across Kansas.
Myreka has done a great deal to create a welcoming Main Street. A year ago they repainted every light pole on Main Street, creating a cleaner and more uniform look. This group of volunteers has spent countless hours cleaning up and cleaning out buildings.