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Phase IV: Statehouse South Wing Interior Restoration

Kansas Statehouse Preservation & Restoration

Restoring the Third Kansas Capitol Wing

The interior restoration of the Kansas Statehouse South Wing was completed in 2009, ready in time for the start of the 2010 legislative session. The project, planned by Treanor Architects, included renovation work for additional House of Representative offices, new legislative committee rooms, the restoration of the interior grand stairs and the historic cage elevator. It included the restoration of decorative metals, decorative paint, decorative plaster and marble. In addition, mechanical systems integration, lighting restoration and augmentation, and window replacements were completed during the South Wing restoration.

Housing the Governor’s office, Lieutenant Governor’s office and the historic Supreme Court, the South Wing contains significant amounts of decorative metals, decorative paints, decorative plaster and marble. The wing’s grand stairs, two of four grand staircases in the Capitol building, 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 South Wing, specifically in the historic Supreme Court and executive branch offices. 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 South Wing.

Non-historic windows on the Capitol’s South Wing were replaced with replica wood windows to increase the energy efficiency of the building. Some offices were fitted with security windows designed to resemble the historic wood windows installed in other areas.

Renovations completed for ADA compliance were designed to make the South Wing accessible to everyone while maintaining the building’s historic character and 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.