Wichita’s most historic pink marble house is on the auction block.
The McLean House, a split-level ranch, which has a spot on the National Register of Historic Places and has for the past six months been listed for sale at $370,000, is about to be sold by McCurdy Auction, the same company that sold new CIA director Mike Pompeo’s house in March.
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The McLeans are one of the oldest and most prominent Wichita families. That’s McLean as in McLean Boulevard, McLean Bridge and McLean Science and Technology Magnet Elementary School.
The house was built in 1956 and has many of its original 1956 wall treatments, crystal chandeliers, hardwood floors, trim, picture windows, Etowah and white cloud marble accents, fireplaces and a platform for a grand piano or performance stage.
The house was placed on the market by Angela McLean, the last of the family who had been living in Wichita. She since has moved to the Dallas area.
McLean said in an e-mail to The Eagle that “auctions these days are for very high-end upscale houses.”
Indeed, the McLean House was built by Wichita architect Glen Benedick for the McLean family and is constructed with 100 tons of marble extracted from the Tate Quarry in Georgia, the same quarry whose marble was also used in building the Lincoln Memorial, monuments at Arlington National Cemetery and the New York Stock Exchange, according to the McCurdy Auction website.
The house at 2359 N. McLean Blvd. is 3,961 square feet and is on 1.33 acres along the Arkansas River in Benjamin Hills.
The auction is scheduled for June 17.
Benjamin McLean – Angela’s great-grandfather – was Wichita’s mayor three times during the early 20th century and was president of Fourth National Bank.
He is credited with getting much of Riverside Park cleared of brush and being one of the first city officials to help beautify the riverbank area.
Elizabeth McLean – Angela’s grandmother – is the reason I-235 curves where it does in northwest Wichita. Decades ago, when state and federal engineers wanted to route the I-235 bypass through the Benjamin Hills development, she protested – driving to Topeka and sitting in Gov. Andrew Schoeppel’s office until he agreed to see her.
She named the residential development Benjamin Hills afer her son, who died in World War II, and built the historic house in 1956.
McLean House auction
The McLean House is scheduled to be auctioned at 12:30 p.m. on June 17 at the house, 2359 N. McLean Blvd.
For more information, go to https://www.mccurdyauction.com/5278 or call 316-683-0612.