UPDATED — The Lahn Building, which is newly on the Register of Historic Kansas Places, is about to undergo a renovation and be home to a retail shop and apartments once again.
“It’s going to be a really cool historic renovation,” says Sean Brennan, who owns the building with his wife, Chantelle.
The building, which is at 2208 E. Douglas just west of Grove and across from East High School, was built in 1922 by Latvian Jewish immigrants Eli Lahn and his son-in-law David Krashim.
It has been home to all kinds of businesses through the years, including restaurants, confectioneries, a women’s clothing store and a barbershop.
“It’s kind of an interesting story,” Brennan says. Lahn’s “family owned the building for decades.”
It was nominated to the historic register for its significance in local commerce.
“That block has been ignored for a long time,” Brennan says.
“The building has six apartments on the second floor that have been abandoned for a long time,” he says. “We are completely redoing those.”
The Brennans also are renovating the first floor, which once was home to three storefronts that eventually combined into two. Now, the Brennans will create a single space for Danielle Davis to move her Flying Pig Gift Boutique.