Excursions available of Topeka Woman’s Club building, as renovations go on

Courtney Stemler looks through old photographs of the historic Woman's Club of Topeka building, at 420 S.W. 9th St., late last year. Stemler, along with three other business partners, purchased the building from auction and plan to turn the space into an event venue named The Beacon.

The new proprietors of the historic Woman’s Club of Topeka constructing are preparing to give “bare bones” excursions of the area, and ticket gross sales from the excursions will benefit a neighborhood nonprofit.

In accordance to a news launch Tuesday from house owners Shelby Brokaw and Courtney Stemler, excursions of the building will be supplied the 3rd weekend in February.

These who make a decision to embark on a tour can be expecting to see historic characteristics of the constructing that have been uncovered for the duration of the renovation system, as the new owners rework the former Woman’s Club into a downtown event venue named “The Beacon.” Those people touring the area will also listen to about the owners’ forthcoming plans.

Stemler explained in an job interview Tuesday with The Topeka Money-Journal that she and her co-owners are nearing the conclude of phase one of the renovation system, which incorporates demolition in some regions and operating with the job architect to finalize designs.

Stained glass windows showing the former Women's Club of Topeka logo are uncovered Tuesday as renovations continue in the space.

The previous Woman’s Club of Topeka developing was constructed in the 1920s and is mentioned on the Countrywide Sign up of Historic Sites, so any future renovation ideas would have to be authorised by the Condition Historic Preservation Office.

Stemler and Brokaw co-personal the space, at 420 S.W. 9th St., with Chris Stemler and Nic Irick. The team officially took above possession Nov. 9 and considering that then, have been pulling up drab carpet, getting rid of workplace cubicles, and exposing hidden gems, as they work to restore the Woman’s Club developing to its previous glory.

According to the news release, the owners have uncovered architectural components in the course of their renovations — together with stained glass home windows, art deco light fixtures, a stage, balconies and a lot more — that have been concealed for 40 years. Historic shots will also be on show throughout the tour.

A photograph shows the former ballroom of the historic Woman's Club of Topeka building, 420 S.W. 9th St., in its heyday. Photos like this one are expected to be on display for those touring the space next month to view.

Stemler advised The Cash-Journal that she and her organization partners have been thrilled to uncover some of the specifics they experienced formerly read stories about.

“I imagine we’ve all been actually psyched about the phase art and some of the theatre facts that ended up covered up by sheetrock or temporary partitions or the drop ceiling,” she reported. “The other points we’ve been actually thrilled about are light-weight fixtures and some particulars in the ceiling that we could not actually see until we obtained all of the ceiling tiles out.”

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