Rosin Preservation settles in Kansas City’s East Crossroads

Where others might have been turned off by the pitted floor and barrel vault industrial beams, Elizabeth Rosin saw character begging to be released in the 90-year-old former brass foundry and machine shop.

Ten months after acquiring a 5,000-square-foot building at 1712 Holmes St., Rosin Preservation moved into the space and is doing its part to repurpose an old building in Kansas City’s East Crossroads.

The one-story brick building, with an unusual pattern of doors and windows fronting Holmes, now houses the firm’s six employees.

“This was very raw space,” said Rosin, who last year was named Preservationist of the Year by the Kansas City chapter of the American Institute of Architects. “But the minute I walked in, I imagined what it could become.”

About $700,000 later — after purchase and renovation — her vision was realized with the design-build participation of Hufft Projects. The work preserved industrial elements and used salvaged materials in new construction.

“I wanted to occupy a building with room to grow but without needing to become a landlord,” Rosin said. “I didn’t want to need tenants to support it. This was the right size.”

The Rosin firm previously leased space in the Film Row Professional Building in the West Crossroads. Owning its own building, the owner said, allowed it to put into practice some of the ideas it uses in consulting with other companies.

Rosin Preservation has been consulting on a variety of projects, such as the Kansas City Public Schools repurposing initiative, rehabilitation of Commerce Tower, the Kansas City Power & Light Building and Pickwick Plaza in Kansas City, along with projects in Topeka, Rapid City, S.D., Oklahoma City and New York.

In connection with the company’s move to new offices, it also worked with MAD Creative to develop a new website and branding materials. It obtained financing assistance from Missouri Bank, Heartland Business Capital, AltCap, the Missouri Department of Economic Development and the Economic Development Corp. of Kansas City.

Diane Stafford: 816-234-4359, @kcstarstafford