Cook General Contracting — in partnership with the City of Woodstock and Elm Street Village — have set all plans in motion by celebrating the official groundbreaking (January 17, 2018) of the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village.
Cook will be focused on improving the quality of the facility throughout the Reeves home. Renovations are to include an art gallery, Juanita Hughes historic room containing local history and studio spaces that artists can rent out. Also, a new additional structure will be built adjacent to the historic home that will contain instructional space and a computer lab. Culinary gardens and other outdoor space will also be added.
Conceptual renderings for the future revitalization of the site in the City of Woodstock.
Specific plans for this project include gutting the original structure and preserving the original framing and shiplap walls to reclaim the wood. Each reclaimed piece will be refinished and returned to the original home structure to bring the house back to life. An additional 600 sq. ft. wooden structure with open glass windows will create a 24-hour artist studio that inspires its visitors with an indoor/outdoor feel. An additional 3,000 sq. ft. secondary structure is in conversation and could potentially add to this property in the near future.
“Cook loves the opportunity to participate in projects that revitalize local communities and allow them to showcase their passions. Being a part of this municipal project allows us to pour into the larger Woodstock community and restore the legacy that the Reeves created so many years ago” stated company COO Greg Swinks.
For more information on the history of the Reeves Home, visit Elm Street Arts.