Renovation of the West Building

Exploring the possibilities for renovating the West Building began in the fall of 2009 and quickly became a priority for the Foundation. A request for funds for planning the renovation was made to the Johnson County Heritage Trust Fund. The Heritage Trust recognized the historical significance of this project and fully funded the Foundation’s request for $50,000.

After being closed for 30 years, to date, the West Building is getting some much needed repairs and renovation.
  • Gastinger, Walker, Hardin Architects was hired to provide architectural review for the building and potential expansion.
  • The water issues in the basement were repaired from the window wells to landscaping so drainage will flow away from the building.
  • In 2014, there was a frozen pipe that caused major damage to the interior. Mold remediation has been completed to current standards.
  • New HVAC has been installed to properly maintain the humidity, heat and cooling to the building.
  • An A/C cage has been placed around the exterior unit to protect the unit from copper theft.
  • New insulation in the attic will help to conserve energy.
  • Tuck pointing has been completed on all four chimneys to help stabilize them.
  • The front porch and east porch and lattice work have been repaired, new floor boards have been installed and painted.
  • New storm cellar doors and hardware have been replaced and painted.
  • Phase I of window and door renovation has been completed in the front part of the house.
  • Phase II has been bid and funded for the southern portion. The renovation/replacement is complete.
  • Phase III will be restoring the building for use. Through a planning process coupled with community sessions, it has been determined that the West building will be for community use.

To determine community use means and would look like in the West building restoration, on June 22, 2017 EcoAbet hosted a design Charrette for the benefit of the Shawnee Indian Mission.  Over 37 design professionals from Kansas City and Lawrence participated in the day long work session.  Four teams each created plans for the entire property, buildings and grounds, including the West Building.

The Foundation is a reviewing all the options and ideas, will make decisions and finalize plans.  Once the interior is finished, the building will be open for community use.

We are continually fundraising got the West Building renovation, for operations and programs as well as for other improvements to the the buildings and property . If you would like to donate, you can use our paypal account or send a donation to Shawnee Indian Mission Foundation/West Building in memo line at 3403 W. 53rd St, Fairway, KS 66205.

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