Address: 1437 N. Rochester, Wichita 67203
The decorations of the building are not of meaningless carvings of stone but are arranged to tell a story of yesteryear. The tower is the central point of interest. In the panel above the arched entrance was placed the pioneer plowman with his yoke of oxen in the foreground, the setting sun and distant hills in the background, typical of the labor and plodding determination that were required to overcome and conquer the hardships of frontier days. The Indian chief was placed back in the corners near each entrance, watching with immobile countenance the tedious progress of the white man. Rising above all else atop the pylons and on all eight corners of the towers were placed the Indian scout and the eagle. Their duty is to watch, and in watching position they seem to gaze with interest and wonder on the activities of an advancing city and country. In a panel, also at the top of the tower, was placed the Indian hunter engaged in the hazardous pastime of shooting down with bow and arrow the lumbering, bellowing, and stampeding buffalo.
Capping the pylons at the entrances to the gymnasium and the auditorium are placed the buffalo, basking peacefully in the sun of the western day. At all entrances an American sun design, a spot of color and light to cheer those who enter or leave, was placed. The frieze, patterned after an Indian rug design, was formed to permit the use of the lonely Indian tepee, the Kansas sunflower, and here and there the buffalo again, in full silhouette against the deep blue western sky.
Source: Courtesy of Wichita High School North
Internationally-known sculptor Bruce Moore was born in Bern Kansas in 1905.
Location: 13th and Rochester Streets, Wichita