WHEATON MANOR SALINA, KANSAS
Breaking Ground Fall of 2006
The design for WHEATON MANOR in Salina, Kansas, centers on the notion of an "Old Stone Barn" that appears to have been standing on the bluff overlooking the Smoky Hill River Valley for decades. The roof structure will be supported by an exposed timber-truss framing system bringing a rustic and natural feeling to the home's interior. The main living space inside the barn is to be highlighted with roof-top dormers allowing sunlight to filter down through the rustic wooden rafters of the space.
The primary axis of the Old Stone Barn is then countered in plan by an east/west transept that organizes a secondary form called the "Grand Gallery". This simply gabled element houses a dramatically proportioned entry hall that gestures west toward sweeping prairie views and the city lights of Salina. The Grand Gallery will be constructed primarily of exposed timbers and glass, and will appear to have been added to the Old Stone Barn many years later. This glass and timber structure will be dramatically lit from the interior, and during evening hours will glow from the hill-top site like an impressive luminous lantern.
On the street side the house there is a large circular drive covered by a porte' cochere leading directly to a large covered porch and the Grand Gallery beyond. Wood windows, cedar shake shingles, a real slate roof with exposed rafter tails, and copper guttering bring a Craftsman Style motif to the home's exterior details. The craftsman interior is enhanced by a dramatic all-wood grand stair located on the primary access of the home. Custom prairie-style stained glass window panels, hand-forged wrought-iron fixturing, hardwood floors, exposed timber beams, and other natural materials lend a sense of appropriateness and warmth to the rich interior of this native Kansas inspired home.
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