717-721 Massachusetts Street

Client: Schumm Foods, Inc.

Location: 717-721 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence, KS

Use: Multi-use retail/restaurant/office

Size: 18,000 s.f.

Completion: 2001-2009

Over a ten year period the street side facades of the three buildings at 717, 719, and 721 Massachusetts Street have been totally transformed. Previous remodeling projects had diminished the appropriateness of the fronts for Lawrence’s Downtown Historic District, established in 2004. At 717 Massachusetts the single-story building is expanded to a two-story building with retail on the street level and office use above. At 719 Massachusetts the 1970’s “stucco contemporary” design is replaced with an elegant limestone façade; this renovation also upgraded the Buffalo Bob’s restaurant entrance, upstairs office entrance, and interior office stairs for better accessibility and use. At 721 Massachusetts the interior floor levels are brought back to match the sidewalk level and a new storefront entrance provides access to the new Dynamite Saloon, an expanded drinking/dining option of the adjoining Buffalo Bob’s restaurant.