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Having outgrown their previous space, Gizmo Pictures sought options to either build a new building or renovate an existing building. After an exhaustive search across town, they fell in love with a four story, stone building in the heart of downtown Topeka, which was built in 1888. The building originally housed the Crane Publishing Company & served many years as an industrial print shop operation. The space was in need of considerable repairs; It was left in poor condition with broken windows and leaks. By working closely with Gizmo owners, the City Development Services, and the Kansas State Historical Society & contractors, HTK renovated the former industrial building to house an accessible video production firm that included a cafe.
The Gizmo Pictures production studios are now within the charming, restored, downtown building with its high ship lapped ceilings, large windows & exposed steel bracing and utilities. Reworking of the roof & supporting structure on the top floor allow Gizmo to develop an acoustically-sealed Infinity Studio complete with a white screen, blue & green Chroma-Key screens, queuing areas & associated green rooms. Gizmo’s main offices, five production studios & client areas are on the building’s second floor and maintain an open, naturally lit space that personifies the creative culture of the company.
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