1205 SW 29th Street
Topeka, Kansas 66611

Redwood Renovation Construction Updates

January 2024

Things Are Coming Together!

Considering the last calendar year, it’s hard to imagine what this space looked like before. But, in case you forgot….


As the finishing touches are being added to the Fives and the Penthouse Suites, life below is retuning to “normal.” New apartments are being occupied and residents are settling in to their new common spaces! 

We’re especially thankful for the new fireplace to gather around during these last few weeks of frigid weather!

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And now it’s time to begin planning for Brewster’s 60 Anniversary celebration with a week of Grand Opening festivities that will culminate in a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, the likes of which Topeka has never seen!


November 2023

(just a peek... shhhhh)

No words for this update. Just take it in and enjoy!

What Does "71% Complete" Look Like?

Well…. it looks like this:

West side view from the north of the Redwood Renovation at Brewster Place in Topeka, KS
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game room from south

The Club Level is easily recognizable now! (above left) trim for the game room; (above center) looking into the game room; (above right) the heat lamps are in place in the new expo kitchen; (near right) an apartment only needs appliances; (far right) looking down the hall connecting the apartments on the Club Level.

the fives peek

The view down the hallway on the Fives is getting closer to what we remember it looking like (far left), and the sun shines brightly in someone’s new home (near left).

east side from the south of the Redwood Renovation at Brewster Place in Topeka, KS

The facade on the Penthouse Suites being installed and we’re beginning to see a similarity to the architect’s rendering of the finished building. As the inside is continuing completion, the trees are changing into fantastic colors, enhancing the spectacular view from the top of The Redwood!

August 2023

So Far, So Good . . .

To quote another industry, all systems are GO here at the Redwood Renovation! The weather has been so cooperative (except for maybe the heat) that we are already at the 61% completion mark!

1st Floor

The ground floor – the Club Level is framed and sheet rocked, beginning to look like a space that we will all enjoy! Rumor has it that countertops are being installed already…

first floor

5th Floor

The 5th floor – The Fives is all framed in and being wired and plumbed. The floor plans of the apartments are easily recognizable now. Several of the soon-to-be occupants nave even visited to se the progress!

6th Floor

And the pièce de résistance, the Penthouse Suites are almost too good to be true. Spacious, bright and open, they have truly broken the sky!

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Just Wait Till You See What's Going Up Today!

Construction equipment reaching to the top of the Redwood.

It’s a beautiful Spring day at Brewster
where the workers are preparing
for the NEXT



of the

Redwood renovation

(edit: The above link goes directly to a recording of that LIVE video!)

Viewing the Redwood renovation work from the south.

It was One of Those March Days...

… when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, (in no particular order). 

But whatever the weather, our construction crew is marching onward and upward!

On the ground floor, the kitchen and dining areas are becoming more defined while framing for the new Club Level apartments is beginning to take shape!

And the hallway is back on “The Fives,” leading to “infinity and beyond!”

(top left) The dining area; (top right) from the back of the kitchen area; (above) looking towards the Club Level apartments from the entry way; (left) The hallway returns on "The Fives."

They were FRAMED..... not!

It’s not a “who done it”…  It’s the latest on the first floor of the Redwood Renovation at Brewster Place!


February 2023

Behind the temporary wall built during the first weeks of the project, workers have erected scores of metal studs. This is the first hint of what the refashioned apartments and executive offices will look like at completion. The next step is roughing in the electrical and plumbing.

On the fifth floor there’s not a carpet, curtain or toilet to be found. The demo is amazing! The original concrete pillars and pipes are exposed for the first time in 60 years!

Luxury High-Rise Living at Brewster Place
in Topeka, Kansas

For nearly six decades the flagship building on the Brewster campus has been home to hundreds of retirees, offering independent living options ranging from studio to two-bedroom apartments.

Sixty years after the groundbreaking for Redwood, an extensive interior and exterior renovation project is about to commence, beginning with the addition of a sixth floor to house the new Penthouse Suites at Redwood.

Sky-Breaking Event

Most construction projects begin with a groundbreaking. Since the project is going up, a Sky-Breaking is more fitting! On December 2, 2022, exactly 60 years after the original groundbreaking for Redwood, Topeka Mayor Michael Padilla, Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce President Curtis Sneden, and other special guests helped Break the Sky with confetti cannons and streamers.

Topeka Chamber of Commerce President Curtis Sneden leads the SkyBreaking with confetti cannons and streamers to begin the Redwood Rennovation project.
The sky is broken!

Luxury Living Styles

Penthouse Suites
at Redwood

Six spacious two-bedroom, two-bath suites will offer vast views of Topeka’s skyline and beyond from the top of the Redwood! These luxury units range in size from just over 1,400 square feet to more than 1,780 square feet of well-appointed living space, including full kitchens, en-suite laundry and large balconies, all designed to enhance life from six stories high.

The Fives
at Redwood

The fifth floor will debut 13 new redesigned suites, renamed The Fives at Redwood. Large one and two-bedroom residences with full kitchens, en-suite laundry, upscale finishes and spectacular views will make Redwood the most desirable high-rise retirement living in northeast Kansas.

The Club
at Redwood

The crown jewel of the renovation is The Club at Redwood, which includes four spectacularly renovated residences positioned near the newly designed hub of campus. The Club at Redwood reveals a beautiful new dining venue, game area, art studio, and of course, a grand piano. The warm and welcoming Concierge Desk will welcome those seeking the best in retirement living.

The luxury high-rise renovation complements the cottages, apartment buildings, Grand Homes, and Villas that make up the 35 acre campus. Brewster Place continues to distinguish itself as the innovative leader in retirement living in northeast Kansas. 

Experience your best life and enjoy the longstanding heritage of home and service on the Brewster campus.

Welcome Home to Brewster Place

Consider Brewster's New Point Of View

Reviewing Redwood
April 17th, 1961 - An additional five-acre tract along West 29th Street, adjacent to original site purchased.
Reviewing Redwood
December 2nd, 1962 - Groundbreaking Ceremony at the Stonehouse.
Reviewing Redwood
In 1964 - Brewster is 10 acres | In 2022 - Brewster is 35+ acres
Reviewing Redwood
In 1964 - Brewster serves 29 residents | In 2022 - Brewster serves approximately 400 residents
Reviewing Redwood
In 1964 - The Redwood Building totaled 151 apartment homes | In 2022 - The Redwood Building totaled 73 apartment homes
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