The Historic Post Office Wins Medallion Award for Excellence: Rehabilitation

Published on: December 11, 2019 ,

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TOPEKA, KS – The Historic Post Office celebrates its honorable recognition for the 2019 Medallion Award for Excellence at the annual Kansas Preservation Alliance Awards Ceremony for their major renovation of the historic building located at 122 East 2nd Street in Ottawa, Kansas.

Each year the Kansas Preservation Alliance recognizes exemplary efforts to promote historic preservation in Kansas. The 2019 Medallion Award for Excellence was presented to The Historic Post Office team on Friday, May 17th at the Weary Education Center in Topeka, Kansas.

The Historic Post Office, a limestone landmark, was originally constructed in 1913 by Oscar Wenderoth, Supervising Architect, and William G. McAdoo, Secretary of the Treasury. Eventually it became the town’s Federal Post Office before remaining vacant for several decades.

Leading the renovation efforts included Narthex real estate and leasing company Fernanda Paiva and Rob Royer of Kansas City, and general contractor Loyd Builders of Ottawa.

The renovations began November 2017 and on June 2018, The Historic Post Office reopened its doors as a charming weddings and event venue. The renovated space features a 4,000 square foot Ballroom, a Ceremony space, a Speakeasy Lounge, and Bride and Groom Suites.

The renovated space utilizes historical distinct features, such as the original marble floors, while bringing modern elegance to the building with its geometric chandeliers and unique warm hardwood floors.

Fernanda Paiva, a Narthex partner, says the new facility has brought much joy to Ottawa and people from Kansas City.

“We are beyond thrilled to see this remarkable building come back to life and be celebrated by the local community now and for decades to come. We’re truly grateful for our creative, dedicated team who helped to make everything possible.”


The Historic Post Office welcomes celebrations of all types throughout the Kansas City metro. Whether you’re getting married or hosting a reunion, memorable events begin with an unforgettable venue.

If you’re interested in The Historic Post Office as the destination for your upcoming special event, schedule a tour or request more information by calling 913.305.7172 at

See the transformation of The Historic Post Office below.