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Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center

Overland Park, KS

Transformation of the iconic King Louie entertainment center into a dynamic hub for cultural arts and community gathering

Challenge

Create a compelling, cost-effective and sustainable plan for repositioning the 1950s era bowling alley and ice chateau as a multipurpose County facility.

Process

Engaged representatives from the County’s Facilities Management team and the groups slated to occupy the repurposed facility in interactive workshops. These workshops focused on building consensus for a plan to bring together seemingly disparate programs under one roof to achieve the County’s vision for a cultural arts, heritage and community center.

Solution

The new Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center preserves an iconic building in the community while meeting the County’s needs for a multipurpose community center with office, classroom, and events space, a flexible black box theatre for the County’s popular Theatre in the Park program and a new home for the County Museum.

Awards & Publications

2017
Excellence Award for Adaptive Reuse, Historic Kansas City

MidCoast Design Record

2016
Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture - Unbuilt Category, American Institute of Architects - Central States

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