Winfield, KS Circa 1940's
BEFORE AND AFTER:
We renovated a historic building from the 1920s to open the PlanIt World Midwest Operations Center and bring another business to Winfield, Kansas. This building also gave us some extra space that we are using to incubate dreams in our flexible community space and inspire new ideas using the PW PROjects brand.
We want to build strong relationships with entrepreneurs, political leaders, community groups, and small businesses who need communications help and have a budget. Our founder, Andrea Ball, is from Cowley County, KS, and our MidWest team includes several skilled and savvy women who make a difference, while also growing the next generation.
Once Upon a Time...
This postcard depicts the view down West 9th Avenue in Winfield, KS just before the building we are renovating was built. To learn more about the 150 years of history in Winfield, KS, visit. the Cowley County Historical Society.
The Great Flood
Our building, obscured by the tree on the left-hand side of this photo, was originally built as a bakery in the 1920's. Given the waist high water, there is no question that soggy bread was a real possibility during this time. Luckily flood control measures are in place today and this kind of devastation will not happen again in the downtown area.
Mid Century Middle America
Winfield thrived throughout the 20th century and still continues to be a hub of commerce for the area. It offers a vibrant arts scene and supports several retail, industrial and agricultural businesses. PW Projects, located 1.5 blocks from the busiest intersection, in town, at 9th and Main, served previously as a bakery, electrical contractor, tanning salon, and several retail stores in the last 100ish years. Renovated in the 1980's by Charlie and Ida Finney (Finn's Electric), the building was fully upgraded to modern code at that time.
Before PW Projects
Before we purchased the space in late 2022 and started converting it to offices and community flex space, it was most recently a children's resale boutique. Still beautiful down to her brick bones, she needed a fresh coat of paint, some minor construction repairs, new flooring, updated LED lighting, energy efficient HVAC, and now, she's back and better than ever!
Restoration & Renovation
This labor of love included new HVAC, roofing, flooring, electrical work, new ceilings, technology, painting, and energy efficient lighting. This "old girl" has so much original historic charm, including a brick facade on the exterior of the building and the beautiful original tin celling inside. It is swoon worthy.
We Are Accepting PROjects!
Our building updates are finished and we are thrilled to be moved in. We finished before Christmas and paired a perfect snowfall with our holiday decor. Watch the video on our Facebook page to see the festive fun! PlanIt World is managing some administrative functions in this office and PW PROjects is accepting regional clients for administrative, public relations, campaign consulting, marketing, and events! We also have community space available!