A Remodel of a Historic Downtown Office Building
In addition to design and drawings, Timber & Stone acted as a historic preservation consultant on this building at 4th & Poyntz Avenue in Manhattan, KS.
This project involved the preservation and restoration of one of Manhattan’s key historic downtown office buildings. Largely built of local limestone, the building received a significant face lift in 1933 which had since been deemed historic in it’s own right. These modifications are comprised of the metal cornices and the granite columns with carved limestone bases and capitols. At first glance this structure has the appearance of being basic in nature but, in order to faithfully restore the key elements of this building, a very detailed and rigorous process was followed. Both technical expertise and an artisan’s sense of materials and construction were required to achieve top quality results. Most of the main floor was occupied prior to the project’s inception but the upper floor, basement and part of the main floor had been vacant for years and previous tenants had made various modifications without any recognition of the building’s existing original architectural style or features.
With this project, the interior has been transformed into a showpiece of what might have been found 100 years ago and the exterior has likewise been given new life and finished out in appropriate colors and detailing. With the addition of all new systems, the Eames building is ready for another 100 years.