The completion of the visitor center addition at the historic Kansas Statehouse was celebrated today with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The event included remarks by Gov. Sam Brownback, Topeka Mayor Larry Wolgast, Mike Treanor, chairman of Treanor Architects, and Jim Rinner, vice president of JE Dunn Construction.
As the new public entrance to the capitol, the visitor center was designed to transition visitors from the underground parking garage or grounds into the historic building. Thoughtfully designed, the addition to the Kansas Statehouse protects the building’s historic integrity by drawing from the building’s architectural elements. The exterior of visitor center is constructed of natural stone that compliments the historic architecture while differentiating itself from the capitol. The interior design serves as a staging area for visitors with a lobby, information desk, auditorium, classroom, restrooms and a gift shop.
After a recent tour of the rehabilitated Kansas Statehouse, Tom Averill expressed his appreciation for the project and beauty it has restored. "According to the Kansas State Historical Society, the capitol was first designed as a symbol of our pride in overcoming the struggles that led to statehood. We still have much to be proud of, especially the Statehouse. We can boast one of the finest in the United States." Listen to his eloquent commentary as broadcast by Kansas Public Radio.
"An extensive, 13-year makeover has breathed new life into the Kansas Capitol, once referred to as the Sunflower State’s most iconic building." Read more of this editorial about the Kansas Statehouse preservation and restoration published in The Kansas City Star.
Treanor Interiors is proud to be a part of the renovation of Kid Stuff Marketing's new space at North Topeka Industrial Park. Read more about the move in The Topeka Capitol-Journal's article Kid Stuff, Dr Pepper newest tenants at North Topeka Industrial Park.