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3435 Main

October 9, 2017

At first glance, Main Street in Midtown Kansas City might seem a deliriously illegible place. We believe it has all the building blocks of a great urban community, which affirms the complexities, harmonies and contradictions of life in the city. In the span of a few blocks on Main Street, you can find payday loans, self-storage, coin laundry, stumble into a head shop or be ensconced in Italian design at Museo. Burger King will serve you at least five different Whopper varietals, or you can request lean ass on beef for a miraculously simple and perfect sandwich from Gates Bar-B-Q. And, at Oddly Correct, your coffee will arrive too perfect to be graced by milk. Just a few steps away, bands have been rolling through Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club since 1950, which has been called "the last great venue in Kansas City." el dorado’s recently completed 3435 Main embraces these contradictions and resolves them in a building that elegantly dives into the city’s dissonant fray. (more…)

Recap: An Amazing Summer at el dorado

September 29, 2017

Guest blog post by Eldo Prize winner #2 (EP2), Emily Lange, a fifth-year student at the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design. When I heard that I won the Eldo Prize last spring, it was a no-brainer that I would be moving from Knoxville to Kansas City for the summer. I had never been to KC but had heard great things. My ceramics instructor told me I wouldn’t want to come back. So, while I was happy to return to Knoxville for my final year of architecture studies at the University of Tennessee, Kansas City and el dorado did not let me down. Working at el dorado was my first professional architectural experience. Most interns start out by doing monotonous tasks, and while I had expected that this might be the case for me, I was pleasantly surprised when I was thrown right into the design process. As a firm that pursues architecture at different scales and typologies (more…)

Waldo Duplex

August 22, 2017

In mid-July, the KSU Design+Make Studio completed its single largest and most comprehensive project, The Waldo Duplex, which extends the legacy of design-build projects at Kansas State University. The duplex is located in the heart of the Waldo neighborhood at 7509 Pennsylvania Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri. The project bridges the Design+Make Studio’s rigorous investigation of the construction process within challenging contexts; and el dorado’s history of design excellence within affordable housing. (more…)

Municipal Art Commission appointment

July 18, 2017

We were thrilled and honored to receive notice last week that David was appointed to the Mayor's Municipal Art Commission. Let the work begin! (more…)

eldo welcomes new partner, Hesse McGraw

June 22, 2017

el dorado is very pleased to announce the expansion of its leadership structure and, in August, will welcome Hesse McGraw as a partner. Through this newly created role, el dorado is integrating a curatorial and writing practice into the heart of the firm to intensify its work at the intersection of architecture, contemporary art, and cultural impact. Bringing Hesse’s specific curatorial leadership together with our architecture and urban design practice signals el dorado’s collective ambition to invent a practice model that animates our internal creative process and unlocks the ecstatic potential of each project and team. By taking a uniquely curatorial approach to process, el dorado’s new practice model will (more…)