Our Goal Is Set At $1250... But This Is Why We Truly Need Your Investment
Reconnect Running Water Lines:
To Sustain Gardens, Permanent Restrooms, and Internet Cafe' / Food Prep For Visitors
Estimated Total Cost: $8500
Install New Power Lines:
For Internet Cafe', Wi-Fi Connection, Permanent Security Lights and Cameras, Events For Visitors
Estimated Total Cost: $9000 (requires new transformer)
Restrooms for Visitors, Storage for Site Maintence, Small Office Workspace, Internet Cafe Prep Area
Estimated Base Cost: $6500 (Shipping Container Only)
Estimated Total Cost: $35K (Turning Container into Functional Space For Visitors)
100% $$$ GOES TO RESTORE THE WORKHOUSE ...(NOT OUR POCKETS)
Stepping Outside The Status Quo Wedding Box
To Invest In Our Community
This project began with a simple vision to use spend our wedding venue budget to clean up some abandoned place in urban core, my neighborhood, so other people could enjoy it after our wedding. We looked at blocks and blocks of vacant lots and houses and stumbled on the Workhouse Castle being available at the right time.
WHERE THE IDEA BEGAN
FIRST CASTLE WALKTHROUGH (SEPT. 2013)
THE TRUE IMPACT...
WAS 100% BECAUSE OF YOU
Our first day cleaning, 5 of us barely made a dent. That’s when we met Rachel, Beth, Chad, and Zeke. One week later we had over 30 volunteers. Every Wednesday and Saturday we took another bite and in 6 weeks, several hundred volunteers from all communities in Kansas City, 62 total tons of trash, and our grant from community capital fund, Ebony and I were able to begin the next journey of our lives together.
What we saw blew us away. Being blown away had very little do with what we accomplished, but who we accomplished it with. Young and old, white and black, metal and hip-hop, close friends to complete strangers, persons from Kansas City to Copenhagen joined together because they believed in something bigger than a wedding, or a castle. They believed in a community that is ready to come alive again.
|Day 1 Dent|
|One Week Later... You Showed Up|
|5 Week Later...|
|In 6 Week We|
WENT FROM THIS...
AND I DID THIS MORE THAN ANYONE ELSE ... SMH
Our Community, Our New Friends, Our New Family
Exploded Our Expectations.
Now, a year after we began the first cleanup of trash, the whole city is beginning to realize the new potential within a historic community. A new generation of Kansas Citians are waiting to get their hands dirty on the next project.
But don’t just give a man a fish, or just teach him how to fish, let's teach him how to build the freakin pond.
BO NELSON - Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters
Let’s dream bigger together. Let’s create more together. Let’s make sure our ideas are powerful; we must do this together. If this city is able to accomplish what it did in that short time what else can we achieve together...
We believe The Historic Workhouse Castle should be used 100% to:
- - Inspire powerful ideas
- - Collide people of all backgrounds
- - Use those ideas to bridge the gap that exists within our entire city.
The Workhouse Castles is the perfect background for:
- - Weddings
- - Festivals for new musical and artistic cultures
- - Outdoor Performing Arts Events
- - Simple place to relax on the weekend.
It is our hope that someone can come to the Workhouse and:
- - Dream with the person next to them,
- - And together, realize their hidden potential
- - And eliminate negative perceptions.
The Workhouse is a safe haven where we can:
- - Celebrate our successes together
- - Be open about our differences that truly unite us
- - And ultimately grow in love for each other.
THE VIDEO THAT BEGAN IT ALL
WHERE IDEAS AND PEOPLE COLLIDE
THE WORKHOUSE CASTLE SITE
While preserving this landmark as a historical site alone would be a wonderful contribution to this community, we propose to redevelop it into a multi-functional pocket park that can serve the community in multiple ways. In addition to a historical learning exhibit, the pocket park would boast community and botanical gardens with trees, flowers, herbs, fruits, and vegetables. The vision is for a garden to accompany an educational walking path, so that visitors could walk and enjoy the beauty and aroma of a multitude of flowers, while learning about the history of the site and area during the time period. Plaques will exist to display historical facts, while the names and facts about the garden horticulture will also exist. Trees will exist throughout the site, and along the perimeter. Herbs, fruit, and vegetables will have a separate garden space on the property, to be freely used by the community, including a regular site-sponsored community dinner.
THE EVENT SPACE
Workhouse Site will double as an event space, proceeds of which will go back to similar local redevelopment efforts. The Workhouse Castles is the perfect background for weddings, festivals for new musical and artistic cultures, or a simple place to relax on the weekend.
THE ENVIRONMENT CONTAINERS
The Environment Container is a 40 foot, single use shipping container, free from all harmful chemicals. The container will be uniquely designed and painted to fit in with its new environment at the Workhouse. Later phases of the project will allow us to build a high energy efficient space with restroom facilities, small office, and a café area for preparation and serving onsite food and drinks.
THE KANSAS CITY WORKHOUSE HISTORY
The Castle itself was called The Kansas City Workhouse, and was built at the end of the 19th century in 1897. It was first built as a prison for those who committed petty crimes to work off their fines, which can be read about in old news clips from the old Kansas City Journal newspaper (est. 1854). The Workhouse also housed the poor in the cold winter months during that time, following similar models of workhouses in other countries (e.g., Britain). In 1918, the workhouse stopped its operation as a prison and became a city office building. The Workhouse officially closed its doors for good in 1972 and has since been abandoned.
Preservation of the castle presents an opportunity to preserve the early history of this community, adding to its significance as an already historical area in Kansas City. It presents an opportunity to educate people about how the area contributed to Kansas City’s broader health and society, beyond what is typically thought of 18th & Vine Streets.
This Would Not Be Possible Without Community Capital Fund
They Believed In Us And We Hope You Do Too!
This is a Community Capital Fund (CCF) -approved and -supported project that was awarded a CCF Neighborhood Opportunity Grant because of the impact it will have in building neighborhood capacity and revitalizing our community. CCF has awarded 2orMore a total of $12,500 for the Vine Street Gardens project where 75% of the award ($9,375) is provided as seed funding for the crowdfunding campaign. It’s up to supporters like you to contribute 10% ($1,250) so they can receive the 15% match and bonus (or $1,875) from CCF. Thank you for supporting this impactful project!
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