Kellogg School apartments to begin leasing Feb. 1

Unique is one of the most overused words in real estate, but it might actually be the right one for the Kellogg School apartment conversion project.

First, the 1941 building at Kellogg and Washington has authentic art deco touches. It closed in 2003.

But, the units are also plenty quirky, partly because of the designers’ decisions and partly because of restrictions dictated by the use of historic tax credits.

One unit retains the school stage and another has the old nurses station with Disney characters on the walls. There are chalkboards, interior clerestory windows and odd cubbyholes, and two units have red tile walls because they are built in the old boys and girls bathrooms.

There are 18 units, nine two-bedroom and nine one-bedroom or studios. The rooms are spacious and sunny. The kitchens have granite counters and upper-end appliances. The bathrooms have granite tiled walk-in showers.

Project co-owner Don Vaughn Jr. loved the apartment conversion his dad, Don Vaughn Sr., did on the former Martinson School a decade ago and, a few years later, on the old Alcott School.

So, when the Wichita school district offered Kellogg Elementary for sale, Don Vaughn Jr. and partner Tom George bought it. George recently opened apartments in the converted Sunnyside School nearby.

The conversion of Kellogg School happened in fits and starts, with a long delay while they got approved for historic tax credits. Don Vaughn Jr. and architect Sandy Roberts designed the units.

Now, the apartments are largely done and will be ready to lease by Feb. 1. The contact is Real Property Management at 316-630-8002. The units range from about 800 square feet to 1,600 square feet. Rent ranges from about $800 to $1,400 per month, George said.

Vaughn, owner of mechanical contractor Don Vaughn Inc., said that the project, while arduous, was fun. There were interesting challenges at every turn.

“It was a blast,” he said.