In early January of 2007, the Douglas Design District was just an idea. Today it's a fast growing association of over fifty caring businesses between Washington and Glendale.
The Douglas Design District has over 300 locally owned businesses, including over 40 home design businesses featuring antiques, furniture, home accessories, paint, flooring, kitchen design, granite and more with over a dozen great places to eat, drink and be merry. You can satisfy your need for sweets at our bakeries, donut shop and candy stores; shop international spices, coffees and teas; get pampered at a variety of hair and beauty salons; fine jewelry, clothing stores and more await to help you find the perfect gift for someone special in your life or maybe something special just for you!
The Douglas Design District is a complete, wonderfully diverse community of businesses, retail and residential neighborhoods — including the popular and historic College Hill — and we plan to make it better with the East Douglas Improvement Plan.
The Douglas Design District is a 3-mile stretch of authenticity, steeped in old-timey tradition and on the upside of the hill. We are full to the brim with electricity and we know our neighbors. The spark lives here.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Allen house is a prairie style house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1915. It was designed for Henry J. and Elsie Allen. It is currently run by the Allen-Lambe House Foundation as a museum under the stewardship of the Wichita Center for the Arts.
The design influence of the prairie and Japanese architecture is apparent on the interior and exterior. The house also includes modern conveniences such as a central vacuuming unit, an alarm system and gas fireplace logs.
In the future, we see a three-mile, tree-lined corridor of businesses and residences in a warm neighborhood setting, along well-swept Douglas Avenue, between Old Town and Oliver. Here you'll find miles of locally owned stores, trendy shops, cafes and pubs. Some are quaint, some funky, some cosmopolitan, but all intriguing and full of life. These unique shops and businesses are intermixed with charming residential neighborhoods, townhouses and loft apartments. The District will be a magnet for new design businesses and a compelling location for new business start-up in general. The area will have an image as a fashion, dinning, entertainment and many other products and services location.
The Douglas Design District, Neighborhood Representatives and the City of Wichita Planning Department have been working hard making plans for the revitalization of East Douglas. To view a copy of the conceptual plan, go to: The Douglas Design District Streetscape and Implementation Plan.
Murals created by local artists are painted on exterior walls of District businesses with iconic Wichita symbols, bright imagery, and local landmarks. Seven murals in total were designed, painted and installed along a quarter mile stretch of Douglas Avenue, from Wabash to Cleveland streets. DDD members helped organize and implement this art movement to beautify our district and increase visibility of our thriving local art scene. The murals are intended to be replaced annually with new work to facilitate a collaborative neighborhood approach to the art seen throughout the District.