Timber & Stone Architecture + Design

We are a group of architects in Manhattan, KS, seeking to enrich communities through unique, viable, and beautiful design. We work on residential or commercial projects and have significant experience with historic preservation.

 

A Historic Downtown Office Remodel

Imagine a long ignored and tired second-floor office space in a historic downtown building. Now, imagine that this space needs to become a cutting edge modern office for a young, progressive company. Add to the challenge having to meet the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation in order to receive Historic Tax Credits or the project doesn't have a chance of getting off of the ground. Fortunately, all the right players came together and this dream became reality.

The project started with an analysis of the current conditions which were worse than originally thought. And then, after removal of all the indiscriminate remodeling, the conditions were revealed to be even worse than even imagined. What this meant was a lot of structural repairs needed to happen before even thinking about putting the building back together. The roof, it's trusses, and several wood beams were in dire need of help. The limestone walls were also needing expert attention. None of the original windows remained, and what was there was barely attached to the building. So, once all that was under control, the entire shell of the structure had to be restored to historic preservation requirements. Finally, all the new interior additions were installed. The concept was to design the updates so that they would have little to no impact on the historic shell of the building. Thankfully the new tenant has an appreciation for the contrast of contemporary elements juxtaposed against the historic shell. In this case, there would be no question as to what was new and what was historic.

In addition to Timber & Stone Architecture and Design, Spencer Preservation guided it through the tax credit process, BHS Construction performed the duties of managing the construction work, Orazem & Scalora Engineering took care of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, and VMT Engineering provided all of the structural guidance.

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An Old Stone House, a Home Again

Timber & Stone acted as the preservation consultant for fellow Architects, Action Pact Design, on this significant rehabilitation project.  The historic stone home, barn, and stable were all restored and modified to accommodate the offices of Katie's Way, a mental health service provider for youth and young adults. Starting in 2015, this extensive renovation turned these 106+ year old buildings into a comfortable and updated counseling center. Fellow consultant, AsterHouse Design, did extensive work on the interiors. To ensure the project was financially viable, the project required National Register status and the use of state and federal preservation tax credits. This is a very extensive process in which Timber & Stone has significant experience. 

This historic building was originally constructed by one of Manhattan's founding families - the Kimble family. It was home to Barney Kimble and his wife, Mary Ann, from 1912 until Barney's death in 1920. It is a two-story limestone, Queen Anne style house with Colonial Revival influences. The form and layout also relate to the American Foursquare with a large hipped roof over the core of the house and smaller intersecting gables on all four sides.

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A Historically Sensitive Front Porch Addition

This Victorian home had much of its character stripped away some time ago.  When the owner called us to see about getting its Victorian porch and turret back, Timber & Stone was able to draw from a historic photograph the owner had and partially re-create the original home. The owner also wanted a habitable office space to themselves housed in the turret room. One unique feature included the use of Ipe decking in lieu of a modern composite which is low maintenance. The owner loved it so much they used it as finish flooring in the turret room. With the help of Kelly Construction out of Topeka, KS, we were able to create an elegant but historically sensitive front porch.

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A Manhattan Icon, Revitalized

The highly detailed renovation and restoration of the Union Pacific Depot was a three phase project occurring over a span of nine years. Originally constructed in 1901, the Depot had undergone several previous renovations which left the structure as a faint shadow of its former self. Its most devastating transformation was the loss of its tower in 1938. The restoration project - with Bruce McMillan Aia-Architects PA acting as the Architect of record - revived the tower along with the rest of the building, allowing it to function as a multipurpose meeting facility rented out by the City of Manhattan. The project was recognized by both the American Institute of Architects, receiving their top award in 2006, and by the Kansas Preservation Alliance the following year. Timber & Stone was involved in this project from start to finish and contributed heavily as a historic preservation consultant.

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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.   

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