Topeka Symphony orchestrates fundraising loft tour

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Topeka Symphony Orchestra and Jackson Street Lofts are partnering on a unique fundraising event to benefit the orchestra. Frugal House at Jackson Street Lofts, to be held Oct. 15-16, at 735 Jackson St., in downtown Topeka, will showcase creative interior decorating ideas. Patrons will have the opportunity to tour several of the new lofts decorated by local boutique owners, and can purchase re-purposed and up-cycled home furnishings on display.

“This is design meets re-purposing on a budget,” said Trella Anderson, Topeka Symphony Society board member. “We have many local boutique owners who are providing some of their merchandise to decorate the lofts, as well as donations from the community the decorators can incorporate into the design of the room they’ve been assigned.”

Two lofts are being staged by five designers. Almost every item showcased in the lofts during the weekend will be for sale at affordable prices and available for pick up Sunday afternoon and on Monday.

A Friday night patron party will allow guests to explore the lofts and have opportunity to purchase items while enjoying wine, appetizers and background music provided by pianist Kristi Baker. The lofts will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance at locations in Topeka, and $10 at the door. For more information, call 232-2032 or visit www.topekasymphony.org.

Topeka developer Mark Burenheide and partners purchased the former Assumption School, now Jackson Street Lofts, in August 2014. Burenheide worked to create a post-modern design in the building, with clean lines and banks of windows for each of the 21 lofts.

Information thanks to Dave Azwell.

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