Recognition: 2013 Sustainable Success Story by Mid-America Regional Council
Representing over 150 years of adaptation, addition and alteration the Atkins-Johnson Farmhouse is one of the most unique historic properties in Clay County, Missouri. The original dwelling, a two-story log house built circa 1826, is one of the oldest surviving residences in Clay County. In 1853, the Atkins family expanded the dwelling, encompassing the log house, to achieve the current I-house form. To save it from demolition, the City of Gladstone purchased the house and two acres in 2005 and leased the property to the Atkins Johnson, LP. The Friends of Atkins-Johnson formed to manage the site and create a museum and event facility for the Gladstone community.
Working with Rosin Preservation in 2012, the interior rehabilitation focused on creating spaces that accommodate exhibits as well as guests. Throughout this process DRAW worked closely with the owners and consultant team to ensure that the rehabilitation was sensitive to the historic character and evolution of the house. All of the significant historic elements were retained. DRAW coordinated with city staff and the museum director to define all of the interior improvements, bringing the building up to current codes while maintaining the historic integrity of the structure.