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K-State Today

May 24, 2024

TDI performs 3D scanning of historic Marlatt Homestead

Submitted by Ray Yunk

Ray Yunk and Tom Harris on site at the Marlatt Homestead

On May 17, Thomas Harris with the K-State Technology Development Institute performed 3D scanning of the historic Marlatt Homestead using NavVis VLX equipment and software. Harris said the high-tech equipment and software cost around $60,000. View results of the scanning. 

The scanning was requested and coordinated by Ray Yunk, professor in the K-State GE Johnson Department of Architectural Engineering and Construction Science. Yunk is assembling an interdisciplinary undergraduate research team of faculty and staff to perform an assessment of, and provide recommendations for, the home, barn and site during the next academic year. The scanning is seen as an important first step to potential improvements to the property by documenting existing conditions.

Yunk's involvement with the Marlatt Homestead was requested by Mel Borst, restoration consultant and member of the Manhattan/Riley County Preservation Alliance and the Marlatt Task Force. Other task force members include Gloria Freeland, professor emerita of the A.Q. Miller School of Media and Communication; Mary Kohn, director of the Chapman Center for Rural Studies; Lauren Ritterbush, professor of archaeology in the K-State department of sociology, anthropology, and social work; Kathy Dzewaltowski, vice president of the Manhattan/Riley County Preservation Alliance; Katharine Hensler, director, and Linda Glasgow, curator of archives, of the Riley County Historical Museum; and Allana Parker, Kansas Historical Foundation board of directors. The Marlatt Task Force, the Riley County Historical Society, the Manhattan/Riley County Preservation Alliance, and the K-State Facilities Department of Campus Planning and Project Management were instrumental in having an interpretative marker placed at the homestead in July 2023. Read more about the project

Access to the property was provided by Chris Salmon, assistant vice president, K-State Division of Facilities.