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Hidden Treasure

2012-09-19 Posted By: Patty Weaver

With the Kansas Statehouse North Wing restoration project coming to an end, the historic capitol building revealed one of its last obscured gems – an ornate vault door.

Evergreene Painting Studios provided test windows on all the building’s historic vault entrances to identify those with decorative paint. This particular vault entrance was the only one with ornate paint on the door as typically found on vaults from its era.

The vault appears to have been installed when the North Wing was first built.  Used to store ledgers and records, this vault is so large it has a mezzanine inside.

This once-hidden treasure was restored and will be accessible to the public for viewing during open legislative committee meetings when the North Wing reopens later this year.

Test windows used by Evergreene Painting Studios to identify decorative paint.Test windows used by Evergreene Painting Studios to identify decorative paint.
Decorative paint uncovered on the historic vault.Decorative paint uncovered on the historic vault.
Vault door in the restoration process.Vault door in the restoration process.
Vault door near end of restoration.Vault door near end of restoration.
Completely restored, the vault will be open to the public during open meetings in the room.Completely restored, the vault will be open to the public during open meetings in the room.
Restored historic Diebold Safe & Lock Co. decorative paint.Restored historic Diebold Safe & Lock Co. decorative paint.