Original Pizza Hut building being turned into museum


Hannah Roberts

The original Pizza Hut building is currently off of Perimeter Rd. directly south of Beggs Hall.

The original Pizza Hut building at Wichita State — which moved from its first site at Kellogg and Bluff to WSU in 1986 — will be moved to the Innovation Campus and turned into a museum of the pizza chain’s history, according to a news release.

A $1.2 million campaign started by the WSU Foundation plans to move the 500-square-foot building from its location north of the Newman Center to south of the Marcus Welcome Center, the release says. About $700,000 of the funds will be for relocation and renovation — including a new roof — with the other $500,000 being used for a student curator program. More than half of the $1.2 million has been raised.

Pizza Hut was founded in 1958 by brothers Frank and Dan Carney, students at what was then the University of Wichita. Dan Carney will donate portions of his collection of Pizza Hut artifacts to the museum, the release says.

The museum is expected to open in late 2017.