The south end of Water Street is a spectacular monument to the growing live/work trend that has been gaining traction nationwide for years. Home of tsk, a highly acclaimed architecture, design and urban planning firm whose Southern Nevada projects are iconic and celebrated for their design, the area is perhaps, more significantly, the personal home of Windom Kimsey, TSK’s president and CEO.
In a bold move that speaks volumes about Windom’s confidence in Water Street’s evolution, he designed and built his dream home – a magnificent three-story, contemporary structure adjacent the TSK office.
Windom then added onto his personal live/work complex with Public Works Coffee Bar. This intimate yet airy space serves up handcrafted coffee and tea with locally sourced breakfast and lunch items, then transforms into a beer and wine spot in the late afternoon. Featuring a pet-friendly patio and adorned with art from local, community artists, Public Works is also used as an after-hours space for lectures and wine tastings.
“It’s a hard-working place that serves multiple purposes,” said Windom of Public Works, whose design was meticulously crafted to ensure its flexibility.
A true visionary whose iconic projects include the D Gates at McCarran International Airport, Clark County Regional Justice Center and Springs Preserve, to name a few, Windom was drawn to Water Street for its walkability and bone structure as an urban main street.
“I looked at a lot of places around the valley to put down my personal and professional roots, including downtown Las Vegas, but ultimately settled on Water Street which is infinitely more walkable and intimate,” he said. “The scale of Water Street is ideal for a small and impactful explosion of redevelopment that will continue the area’s transformation.”
Today, as a major Water Street player, Windom continues to grow his imprint on the area, continuing to shepherd its ongoing reimagination. Today, he is building three apartments just south of his own home. Never content to rest on his laurels or the success of his last project, Windom is forever pushing the envelope, creating the next big idea.
For Water Street, that’s a really good thing.