Courtney Stemler looks through old photographs of the historic Woman's Club of Topeka building, at 420 S.W. 9th St., late last year. Stemler, along with three other business partners, purchased the building from auction and plan to turn the space into an event venue named The Beacon.

The new owners of the historic Woman’s Club of Topeka building are preparing to offer “bare bones” tours of the space, and ticket sales from the tours will benefit a local nonprofit.

According to a news release Tuesday from owners Shelby Brokaw and Courtney Stemler, tours of the building will be offered the third weekend in February.

Those who decide to embark on a tour can expect to see historic features of the building that have been uncovered during the renovation process, as the new owners transform the former Woman’s Club into a downtown event venue named “The Beacon.” Those touring the space will also hear about the owners’ upcoming plans.

Stemler said in an interview Tuesday with The Topeka Capital-Journal that she and her co-owners are nearing the end of phase one of the renovation process, which includes demolition in some areas and working with the project architect to finalize plans.

Stained glass windows showing the former Women's Club of Topeka logo are uncovered Tuesday as renovations continue in the space.

The former Woman’s Club of Topeka building was built in the 1920s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, so any future renovation plans would have to be approved by the State Historic Preservation Office.

Stemler and Brokaw co-own the space, at 420 S.W. 9th St., with Chris Stemler and Nic Irick. The group officially took over ownership Nov. 9 and since then, have been pulling up drab carpet, removing office cubicles, and exposing hidden gems, as they work to restore the Woman’s Club building to its former glory.

According to the news release, the owners have uncovered architectural elements during their renovations — including stained glass windows, art deco light fixtures, a stage, balconies and more — that have been hidden for 40 years. Historic photos will also be on display during the tour.

A photograph shows the former ballroom of the historic Woman's Club of Topeka building, 420 S.W. 9th St., in its heyday. Photos like this one are expected to be on display for those touring the space next month to view.

Stemler told The Capital-Journal that she and her business partners have been thrilled to uncover some of the details they had previously heard stories about.

“I think we’ve all been really excited about the stage art and some of the theatre details that were covered up by sheetrock or temporary partitions or the drop ceiling,” she said. “The other things we’ve been really excited about are light fixtures and some details in the ceiling that we couldn’t really see until we got all of the ceiling tiles out.”