900 Block 1930s West Side

931 S. Kansas Ave.

The building housed meat markets from 1890 to 1899. With construction starting in 1888, and occupancy in 1890, the building has stood sound for the past 130 years. Architectural firm, Hopkins & Holland, designed a block of three buildings for Messrs. Handy, O’Brien & Minney – 927, 929 and 931 – some of the first buildings in the 900 Block at that time.

Numerous businesses have called 931 home over the past century – coal dealer, tinner, restaurants, print shops, banks, law firms, utility companies, gift shops and more. From 1978 to present, Stephen Smith has occupied this stone and brick building starting with a photography studio, and in October of 2018, opened a downtown fine art gallery.

Historic features are clearly exposed, displaying the fine craftsmanship of its architecture. Stone and brick walls, along with an ornate tin ceiling and transoms, add character to the intriguing appeal of the gallery’s fine art display space.

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5 months ago
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small works . . . BIG ENJOYMENT!
Fine Art Makes a Great Gift!
We would love to be a part of your
gift giving this holiday season.
If you're giving one of our works
as a gift, let us know ahead of ... See more

5 months ago
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Small Works . .. BIG ENJOYMENT!
Eight artists share their "smalls", perfect for holiday gifts or for small display areas. These and more are available starting Friday, December 6 at the First Friday ... See more

6 months ago

We are closed for the day to a family event. See you Tuesday the 26th. Enjoy your weekend!

7 months ago

Don't let these two get away! They're headed to the east coast if no one owns them by Oct. 10. Beautiful mixed media by Pamela Spika.

8 months ago
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FYI, if you've been thinking of giving one of Pam Spika's paintings a new home or adding to your art collection - you have 24 hours to act by asking me to hold one for you. Pam's art will be making a ... See more

8 months ago

Open and ready for our First Friday ArtWalk Sept. 6, 2019 family and friends. See you soon!

9 months ago
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Two new additions by Cindy Manry to the gallery offerings are sure to add color, texture and energy to your wall. Stop in Saturday and see for yourself!

9 months ago
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The clock is ticking to see fabulous works of art by Cindy Manry (Topeka, KS), ColieRyan.Art (Philadelphia, PA),
Pamela Spika (Parker, CO) & Stacey Karst Utech (Topeka, KS).

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10 months ago
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See you tonight at a fun First Friday ArtWalk! Featured artists are Colie Ryan of Philadelphia and Cindy Manry of Topeka. And, special music provided by Vivian Penzig, celloist and student at WRHS.

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To connect an array of fine art , of both established and emerging artists with collectors and first-time investors


Gallery Owner


Marketing Director & First Lady


Mary Jane,
Graphic Artist/Designer

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