Awards of Excellence:
McPherson Community Building

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Location Class:
Built: 1928 | Year Saved: 2018
Historic Designation: National Register of Historic Places (2018)
Contributor: Kansas Preservation Alliance

In the early 1970’s there was a push to demolish the building to open up additional space for the downtown. Community outpouring against the concept of demolishing the building ultimately led to a change in momentum to perform restoration instead of demolition. On August 6, 1974, a bond issue to renovate the building was passed by voters. The renovation included adding a new (north) front to the building including corner additions. The additions and renovations incorporated bathroom additions on the northeast and northwest corners, a new boiler, a new roof, a rubberized gymnasium floor, a metal panel façade on the north elevation, and replacement windows on the south façade, a dressing room, a small meeting room, new gym floor (uni-turf), carpeting, a new length of gym ceiling tile, remodeling of the stage, removing the northeast exterior exit door and adjacent glazing in the gymnasium and replacing it with an overhead door, removing the east mezzanine in the gymnasium and selective masonry repointing.

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