INDEPENDENCE, MO – Jackson County is the recipient of a 2014 Hickman Preservation Award for the restoration of the Historic Truman Courthouse.
County Executive Mike Sanders accepted the award for Outstanding Building Restoration from the Independence Heritage Commission during Monday night’s meeting of the Independence City Council. Named after local historian William Zere Hickman (1845-1921), the annual awards recognize preservation efforts by individuals and organizations.
“We are thrilled the Heritage Commission has recognized the renovation of this iconic structure,” said County Executive Sanders. “This building is important not only to the citizens of today, but also to generations to come,” he said.
The Independence Heritage Commission is a nine-member body appointed by the Independence City Council to oversee the preservation, protection, and enhancement of the city’s historic resources.
Mike Calvert, Chairman of the Historic Preservation Commission for the City of Independence, said the courthouse restoration project filled him with a sense of pride. “In a day and age when so many look at old structures and only see something to remove, Mike Sanders and the Jackson County Legislature took the path to restore what I, and many, see as the crown jewel in the historic fabric of our county,” he said.
Last September, Jackson County re-dedicated the courthouse, 80 years after then presiding Jackson County Judge Harry S. Truman renovated the same building.
The courthouse underwent $5.6 million in interior renovations in 2013, restoring it to the integrity of its 1933 design.
The work was done by Piper-Wind Architects, Inc. of Kansas City, Missouri and Universal Construction Company of Lenexa, Kansas. The entire project was completed on time and on budget and was paid for without any additional expense to Jackson County taxpayers.