The main house of the Grimm-Schultz Farmstead was started by Henry Grimm for his wife, Caroline Graff, and family in 1875, although the highest central lintel notes 1880 as the year completed. The property is located one-half mile southwest of the former railroad town of Volland, Kansas, and 8 miles southwest of Alma, Kansas.
In 2020, The Farmstead was added to the National Register of Historic Places as an historic district
Initiated in 2020, the overall Grimm-Schultz Farmstead restoration plan was to begin with the Main House in Phase 1 to create a comfortable living space as well as a community resource. Once accomplished, although we continue to maintain and refine the Main House, we would then move to the outbuildings within the historic district.
Phase 2 would be to restore and renovate the 4 outbuildings when funds were available to extend the life and purpose of these structures. In each outbuilding, there would be specific issues to address that would require architectural and construction consultation. The first objective was to stabilize any deterioration of the stone structure.
This would involve cleaning, analysis, stone insertion, patching, etc. by expertly trained stonemasons using traditional techniques. The second consideration would be to retain the building’s purpose as an agricultural resource. This might involve some demolition of non-original additions, an intensive cleaning of the exterior and interior, and replacement of like materials.
Currently in 2022, we are working on the Wash House and the Corn Crib, fronted by the unique stone Dog House. So that you might share in the progress, here are some simple before and after photos. (Admittedly, the blue skies in July really add some zest!)
BEFORE Wash House
AFTER Wash House
BEFORE Corn Crib
AFTER Wash House