The Welborn Community United Church of Christ, 5217 Leavenworth Road, was approved last week to be placed on the Local Historic Landmark list.
The request went before the Unified Government Commission for approval.
The church already is on the State Register of Historic Places, having been approved last November. According to information submitted for the local designation, the church building was designed by Ernest O. Brostrom, architect, who designed several buildings in Kansas City and the Midwest.
The Welborn church rebuilding was done in 1936, according to records. The congregation traces its history to the Wyandotte Forest Congregation Church in 1874, and it opened a church building in 1882. The church changed its name in 1918 to Welborn Community Congregational Church, and it remodeled the building and expanded in 1922. But a fire destroyed almost all of the church building in 1936, according to the records on the state application.
The style of the Welborn church building today is described as Tudor Revival and Modern. Its walls are stone and brick, on a stone and concrete foundation. The Tudor Revival style with a cross gable configuration, masonry construction, dominant chimney and multi-light windows was done in the late 1930s, according to the records. An addition in 1959 was done in the Modern style. Raymond Meyn was the architect for the 1959 wing.
Brostrom, the architect for the 1936 building, designed several churches in the area, including the First Baptist Church of Rosedale, Kan., at 901 Southwest Blvd., according to information given to the UG.
He also designed the First Baptist Church at 501 Nebraska Ave. and the Mason Memorial Methodist Church at 1417 N. 9th St. His architectural firm also designed the London Heights Methodist Episcopal Church, 1418 Garfield Ave., and the University Methodist Protestant church, 1937 N. 32nd St.
Brostrom also designed the George Rushton residence, also on Southwest Boulevard, according to information submitted to the UG. He also designed the Rushton Bakery and the Jensen-Salsbery building in Kansas City, Mo.
An expert on building small churches, Brostrom wrote a book, “Churches,” offering advice on how to build churches.