The expectations of making the former St. John's College campus an integral part of our community are being realized. Since 1988, when the City purchased the campus and renamed it Baden Square, efforts have been made to utilize each of the buildings:
The Community Center: 700 GARY ST, WINFIELD, KS 67156
- Events by Amy provides food service and manages the Main Dining Room and Kitchen.
- Winfield Arts & Humanities Council offers classes and workshops that include drawing, carving, painting, drama, clay, literature, and cooking. Its Gallery displays a variety of exhibitions year round. Programs dealing with Literature, Dance, Theater, Visual Arts, Music, and Education are enjoyed by the entire community.
- The Senior Center provides space for various club functions as well as services, programs and activities for area seniors. Services available include hearing tests, legal service, and blood pressure screenings. The services of Friendship Meals are also provided through the Senior Center.
- The office of Cowley County Council on Aging is also located in the Community Center. The Council offers many services that allow seniors to maintain their independence, including General Public Transportation, Care Assessments, Case Management, Phone Pal Program, Homemaker Assessments, Health Screening, Legal Service, Outreach, Advocacy, and Referral.
Rehwinkel Hall was rehabilitated in1993 and opened February 1994 as a 36-unit Senior/Low Income Assisted Housing facility.
Over 120,000 people participate annually in Winfield Recreation Commission activities. The addition of the fitness center in 1999 allowed WRC to diversify and expand its many youth and adult programs. WRC moved to Baden Square in 1989 and their offices are located at Thornton Gym.
The Winfield Public Library continues to expand its services and collection since moving to its present location at Baden Square in 1990.
Cowley College purchased Stevenson Hall in 1997. Cowley has used Stevenson as its Winfield Outreach Facility for Allied Health and Emergency Medical Services programs for several years.
The City completed renovation of Meyer Hall in January 2000. Each of the 3 floors were gutted. New commons areas, elevator, accessible entrances, and restrooms were built. Capper Foundation serves as the anchor tenant, leasing nearly 10,000 square feet for office and activity rooms. Winfield Community Theater held its first production in the newly restored auditorium in June 2003.
Metro Plains Development purchased Mundinger Hall and the adjoining parking lot. Thirty-six general occupancy apartments were completed. In conjunction with the renovation, the City built a new 47 stall parking lot on the former faculty housing site of the campus along 7th Avenue.
Metro Plains Development expanded its presence on Baden Square again in 2011 by purchasing Baden Hall. Renovations included a new accessible entrance, elevator, along with 24 newly constructed 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments. The City constructed a 57 stall parking lot south of Baden Hall to serve tenants and the public.