Accolades for the Arts & Heritage Center
The transformation of the iconic King Louie Building to create the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center earned a Capstone Award by the Kansas City Business Journal. The project was one of several recognized for excellence in Adaptive Reuse. The design enhances the original building architecture by emphasizing what is beautiful about the building - the glulam roof structure, the limestone thrust-blocks, the porte-cochere and entry spire, the trapezoidal window openings to the billiards hall - while replacing features that no longer function. A multipurpose event space and adjacent outdoor courtyard, flex theatre, rehearsal studios and office space now occupy the former bowling alley. The Johnson County Museum, including exhibits, the famed All-Electric House and gallery space, are featured in the former Ice Skating Rink. Arts and dance classrooms, as well as additional office space, now occupy the former Billiards Room. A cultural commons through the middle of the building connects the various spaces and provides pre-function space as well as space for community events, exhibitions and other cultural programming.