About the Project
Built in 1912 as a department store and office building, the Rorabaugh-Wiley Building in Hutchinson, Kansas, was purchased by Manske and Associates in 2013. WDM was retained for historic preservation and renovation for adaptive reuse. Currently, it has approximately 10,000 s.f. of commercial space on the ground floor and 72 apartments on the upper floors. Financing for the construction was made possible through historic tax credits and housing tax credits.
Restoration included the replacement of all glazing systems with new, thermally efficient windows in configurations that reflected the profiles of the original windows. Exterior terra cotta panels were repaired and, in some cases, reproduced to restore the historic appearance of the original building. The extended (original) decorative cornice was removed at some point but was replicated from the original documentation.