Wabaunsee County Homestead

A respectful addition for another century of living in the Flint Hills.

View MoreLess

The Wabaunsee County Homestead sensitively modifies the primary structure of an 1893 homestead for contemporary use, adding a new building that both compliments the character of the historic structure and connects a new interior experience with a profound landscape. The project illustrates the power and continued usefulness of historic structures, extending the value of embodied energy already present in material and craftsmanship. New construction is a combination of locally harvested, repurposed and durable / low maintenance materials. The home is sited within the Tallgrass Prairie in eastern Kansas — one of the most threatened ecosystems on the planet with only 4% remaining — and both celebrates and responsibly engages this context.
  • 2014
  • Architect
  • Alma, KS
  • 1,500 SF


  • David and Kathy Dowell

Eldo Team

  • Principal: David Dowell, AIA
  • Project Manager: Sean Slattery, AIA, LEED AP BD+C


  • Contractor: Don Hendricks
  • Structural Engineer: Genesis Structures


  • 2018 AIA Central States Region Design Awards - Honor Award
  • 2018 AIA Kansas City Design Excellence - Honor Award
  • 2018 AIA Kansas City Design Excellence - Project of the Year
  • 2018 Interior Design Best of Year Award - Residential Transformation Honoree


Photography by

  • Mike Sinclair


Botwin Building
Broadway Overpass
Calgary UEP Public Art Master Plan
Crossroads Hotel
Destination Medical Center: Heart of the City