March 1, 2024


It's time to think about Travel.

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

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 creating are planning to provide “bare bones” excursions of the place, and ticket gross sales from the excursions will benefit a area nonprofit.

According to a news release Tuesday from entrepreneurs Shelby Brokaw and Courtney Stemler, excursions of the creating will be supplied the 3rd weekend in February.

Those who determine to embark on a tour can hope to see historic characteristics of the making that have been uncovered for the duration of the renovation procedure, as the new owners renovate the previous Woman’s Club into a downtown event location named “The Beacon.” Those people touring the space will also listen to about the owners’ future designs.

Stemler claimed in an interview Tuesday with The Topeka Funds-Journal that she and her co-proprietors are nearing the end of section a person of the renovation method, which contains demolition in some locations and doing work with the task architect to finalize options.

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 building was constructed in the 1920s and is outlined on the Countrywide Sign-up of Historic Destinations, so any potential renovation programs would have to be authorized by the Condition Historic Preservation Business office.

Stemler and Brokaw co-have the place, at 420 S.W. 9th St., with Chris Stemler and Nic Irick. The group formally took in excess of ownership Nov. 9 and given that then, have been pulling up drab carpet, eliminating office cubicles, and exposing concealed gems, as they work to restore the Woman’s Club building to its previous glory.

According to the news launch, the owners have uncovered architectural aspects through their renovations — together with stained glass windows, artwork deco gentle fixtures, a stage, balconies and additional — that have been hidden for 40 many years. Historic shots will also be on exhibit all through 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 told The Capital-Journal that she and her business companions have been thrilled to uncover some of the particulars they experienced beforehand read stories about.

“I think we’ve all been really excited about the stage artwork and some of the theatre particulars that had been lined up by sheetrock or momentary partitions or the fall ceiling,” she mentioned. “The other matters we’ve been actually thrilled about are gentle fixtures and some aspects in the ceiling that we could not actually see right until we acquired all of the ceiling tiles out.”