The iron gates along 55th Street cordon off the Weidman estate from Wichita's curious masses.
Just inside those gates is a 7,000-square-foot home set well back from the street.
The brick home has an imposing metal roof — and, just outside, a detached 5,500-square-foot garage perfect for any hobbyist welder.
It's industrial-looking on the outside, sure, but on the inside?
We've confirmed Burt Reynolds has never lived there, but he would probably dig the place.
The home at 2900 W. 55th St. South, completed in 1975, is a '70s paradise — from the floor-to-ceiling rock-and-chrome fireplace to the green toilet to the saloon doors leading from the bedroom to the bathroom.
The "statement-making home" was built in 1975 to be the private residence of Roger Weidman and his wife, Marion. The two were owners of Weidman Metal Masters in Wichita.
Roger Weidman died in November, preceded in death by his wife. His estate is selling the home at auction as a benefit for the Wichita Community Foundation.
"It's just one of a kind," said Braden McCurdy, chief executive officer at McCurdy Auction, which is auctioning the property on April 21. "He was a man with a vision — a lot of cool vision."
It's a blend of industrial and 1970s chic.
Its kitchen has standard appliances, sure — but it also has a commercial-grade fryer, griddle, grill and heat lamps, as well as a 5-foot-long walk-in freezer. The dining room has a Thermador wall toaster installed above one long booth.
And if you get thirsty, there's no need to walk all the way to the sink for a glass of water: There's a full-size drinking fountain installed beside the fridge.
On the second floor, accessible either via an elevator or stairs, there are phones in both of the bathrooms, along with heat lights and skylights.
Plenty of '70s-style carpets and cabinets remain in the house, though McCurdy said the home has been well-maintained through the years.
"Many would argue there may be some cosmetic updates needed in terms of style, but to him, that's the way he planned it Day One," McCurdy said. "It's a pretty incredible opportunity for somebody to come in and maybe they love the style he has or maybe they decide to change it.
"That ultimately will be determined by the last hand in the air that day."
In all, the property is more than 36 acres, including a private lake (with a dock equipped with a diving board). It's being offered both together and separately in three parcels.
Money from the home auction will be donated to several local charities through the Wichita Community Foundation.
The unique home has drawn attention both locally and nationally — Realtor.com recently listed it as the second-most-popular listing in the country for the week of March 23.
McCurdy said he thinks there's a "little bit of mystique behind the property."
"The iron gates, the fencing, the cedar trees have this property extremely private," he said. "People don't even realize what's back there as they drive down 55th Street."
The home will be auctioned at 10 a.m. April 21 at 2900 W. 55th St. South.
Want to see it in person? There's an open house planned from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5.
For more information, visit www.mccurdyauction.com.