Living History Farms - Flynn Mansion Kitchen Addition

Urbandale, IA

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Architecture Overview:

Originally built in the 1860’s, this stately country farmhouse was once part of the state prison honor farm. It has operated as a house-museum since the 1970’s and is the centerpiece to one of the largest agricultural museums in the world. A series of historically accurate dinners each year and need for a handicapped accessible toilet room on site lead to the need for recreating this original summer kitchen addition. Provide matching construction to replicate the original kitchen addition. Due to state and federal grants and tax credits, work was reviewed by the State Historic Preservation Office during design and construction. Modern codes required the installation of a grease interceptor. Brick and mortar materials were tested and new products were located and installed to match the original. Archaeologists performed extensive site investigations of the original footing prior to basement excavation, and these bricks were salvaged to be used in the restoration of the mansion. Pile footings were installed to shore up the adjacent two story masonry wall to prevent movement during construction. A fully modern commercial kitchen and single user accessible toilet are contained within the footprint of the original kitchen space.

Engineering Overview:

RDG used in-house Mechanical and Electrical Engineers to supplement the survey with recommendations for future heating, cooling, and power distribution improvements.

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