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Wabaunsee County Homestead

The Wabaunsee County Homestead sensitively modifies the primary structure of an 1893 homestead for contemporary use, adding a new building that both compliments the character of the historic structure and connects a new interior experience with a profound landscape. The project illustrates the power and continued usefulness of historic structures, extending the value of embodied energy already present in material and craftsmanship. New construction is a combination of locally harvested, repurposed and durable / low maintenance materials. 

The home is sited within the Tallgrass Prairie in eastern Kansas — one of the most threatened ecosystems on the planet with only 4% remaining — and both celebrates and responsibly engages this context. 

Award Name

Project of the Year & Architecture Small: Honor


Kathy and David Dowell


Alma, KS

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