Big Well Museum, Greensburg, Kansas, by LawKingdon Architecture.

Big Well Museum, Greensburg, Kansas, by LawKingdon Architecture.

Credit: Ezhini Natarajan


This new facility serves as the City of Greensburg’s welcome center. It is constructed over the original site of the “Big Well”, the world’s largest hand dug well, created in the 19th century. The original building that housed the well was destroyed by an EF5 tornado in 2007. The center portion of the building serves as the gallery space for three presentation areas: museum to the hand-dug well history, the Greensburg tornado, and the past, current, and future history of the rebuilding of Greensburg. The museum serves as a public classroom for the history of the well and Greensburg with interactive exhibits. Other features include a public lobby entrance and commons with a ticket booth controlled entry, public toilets that serve as a tornado storm shelter, a gift shop and building offices and building facility areas.


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