Awards of Excellence:
The Smith Building

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Built: N/A | Year Saved: ~2021
Contributor: Kansas Preservation Alliance

The Smith Building has been occupied by many different businesses throughout its time. The earliest record of that location states it was an attorney’s office, when Walters redesigned the building, it was used for a furniture store. From there the building was converted to hardware stores, a clothing store, and for a time was used for a piano sales store. The history of the Smith Building has developed over time providing Manhattan’s community with different services and continues today.

The rehabilitation of the Smith Building for the Manhattan Brewing Company in Manhattan, KS did not change the exterior features and did minimal change on the interior. A few interior walls were removed to open the space up and bring back to the original layout. No replacements were made. The historic ceilings were preserved and the previously removed, original metal ceiling panels were reinstalled.

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