Adrian honored for KC Design Week


For 15 years, the Center for Architecture & Design has held a KC Design Week, a series of events designed to provide insight into all areas of design through programs featuring experts from fields such as architecture, graphics, interiors, products, landscape architecture, planning and urban environments. 

This year’s event will feature a local flavor as the city of Adrian will be featured as an example of successful urban planning and design. The honor will include a lunch presentation Monday and a walking tour of Adrian on April 26.

The luncheon will be held at the Center for Architecture + Design, 1801 McGee Street, Suite 100 in Kansas City. According to a news release: “This event shines light on the community effort behind the design process and rural revival of Adrian.”

Mark Lovelace, former Adrian City Council chair, will walk guests through the process of obtaining grant funding for Adrian’s Vision 2007, an initiative to finance and create urban planning efforts along Main Street.

Peggy Buhr, former director of the Bates County Museum, will talk about the historical foundations behind the city of Adrian’s community development and discusses the impact of adaptive reuse spaces on the local community. Several key Adrian community members will join from the audience to answer questions.

The field trip to Adrian on April 26 will run from 4:40 to 9 p.m.

It is described as: “Enjoy an evening in the vibrant town of Adrian. Embark on walking exploration of the town, where you’ll delve into its vibrant community tapestry and gain insights into the town’s rural revival through design. On this field trip you’ll stroll down quaint Main Street, listen to a local artist share the symbolism behind public art for placemaking, hear about how urban planning back in 2007 led to a rural revival of the town, and finally indulge in wine tasting and charcuterie at this town’s hot spot, The Wine Journal. 

“The Wine Journal is a popular and well-designed wine bar and restaurant that is an adaptive reuse of the local newspaper building. A sweet or dry wine flight and charcuterie are included with the visit to The Wine Journal, with the additional option of dinner.”

There are charges for both the luncheon and tour. More information can be found at