The Carriage Factory building in Newton has been added to the state of Kansas’ registry of historic buildings and is being considered for recognition as a national historic site.


The Carriage Factory building in Newton has been added to the state of Kansas’ registry of historic buildings and is being considered for recognition as a national historic site.
The board of the non-profit art gallery and museum now housed in the building, which once was an actual carriage factory, submitted a nomination for the building. The state approved it this month.
The original part of the building, at 128 E. Sixth St., was built in 1883. The larger portion was added in 1911, and the building was remodeled in the 1930s.
Bob Pomeroy, president of the gallery’s board of directors, said he thinks the historical recognition enhances the gallery itself.
“The whole history is a part of our legacy, and we thought it was appropriate,” he said.
He also said the gallery will benefit from tax credits awarded to historic sites.
“There are financial benefits to it,” he said.
Though applying for historical recognition for the building had been considered by the board of directors in the 1990s, Pomeroy said, the idea resurfaced recently when the board was outlining long-term financial plans for the non-profit museum.
Now that the building has been recognized by the state, the Carriage Factory is waiting to hear back about the application for federal recognition.
They hoped to have an answer before the Historical Preservation Conference, which begins Wednesday in Newton.
Pomeroy said he had not heard anything yet about the federal application, perhaps because he had been traveling and was out of contact.