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Phase V.1: Statehouse North Wing Interior Restoration

Kansas Statehouse Preservation & Restoration

Restoring the Fourth Kansas Capitol Wing

The Kansas Statehouse North Wing interior restoration, completed in 2012 and ready for the 2013 legislative session, was planned and designed by Treanor Architects. The project included renovation work for additional House of Representative offices, Senate leadership offices, new legislative committee rooms and the restoration of the interior grand stairs. It included the restoration of original decorative metals, historic paint schemes, decorative plaster and marble, and murals. In addition, mechanical systems integration, lighting restoration and augmentation, and window replacements were completed during this restoration.

The North Wing is home to the State Library of Kansas and the Kansas Secretary of State’s ceremonial office. Restoration of the 202,000-book library was particularly extensive and included the restoration of the historic steel and glass library stacks. The North Wing phase also included the restoration of the seven-story Rotunda with its interior glass dome.

The North Wing restoration included significant amounts of decorative metals, decorative paints, decorative plaster and marble. The wing’s grand stairs, two of four grand staircases in the Capitol, were historically constructed of copper-plated cast-iron with solid brass cap-rail. Restoration of the stair required on-site cleaning and reapplication of copper plating. Extensive historic decorative paint was documented and recreated throughout the North Wing. All decorative and smooth plaster was documented and repaired as necessary. Marble flooring and wainscot was repaired and polished to restore the historic appearance of the North Wing.

Renovations completed for ADA compliance were designed to make the North Wing of the Capitol accessible to everyone while maintaining the building’s historic features. ADA renovations included the installation of two new elevators, auto-operators on all public doors to committee rooms, new handrails attached to the interior grand stair’s historic guardrails, and a new exterior ramp entrance system.

New and upgraded building and life safety systems were installed to meet modern codes and improve conditions. The new systems were installed in a manner sympathetic to the building’s historic character.