TOPEKA, KS- The Kansas Historical Society announced the Kansas Historic
Sites Board of Review made its recommendations for the 2010 round of
Heritage Trust Fund (HTF) grants on February 20, 2010. The Board awarded
$757,530 for 13 projects across the state. Forty-seven eligible applications
were reviewed, requesting a total of $3,134,341 in funds.
As in previous years, the HTF program saw a large number of excellent
applications, making the job of the review committee most difficult. As is
usually the case, many applications focused on roofing, repair of historic
wood windows, building stabilization, and masonry repair. The funded
projects represent a diverse collection of properties listed in the National
Register of Historic Places and/or the Register of Historic Kansas Places
and located throughout Kansas. All awards are contingent upon available
Two active county courthouses were recommended for funding this year.
The Republic County Courthouse was awarded $80,360 for repair of original
steel windows. The Riley County Courthouse was awarded $37,600 also for
repair of wooden windows.
Three theaters and one public auditorium were chosen for funding. The
Hiawatha Memorial Auditorium in Brown County was awarded $90,000 for repair
of historic wooden windows and doors to make the building weather tight. The
three theaters will receive funding to address water infiltration issues
through repair of roofs, parapets, and drainage systems. The Colonial Fox
Theatre in Pittsburg was awarded $90,000, the Midland Theater in Coffeyville
was awarded $54,289 and the Granada Theatre in Kansas City was awarded
Other projects, that will involve roofing repair, include the Dr. E.A.
Lyons House in Norton County. The property was awarded $90,000 for repairs
to the roof, foundation, and porch. Also requiring roof repair is the
Washington County Jail and Sheriff’s Residence in Washington County. This
project was awarded $20,160. Work at the Windsor Hotel in Finney County will
also include roof repairs along with masonry and structural repairs. The
Hotel was awarded $90,000 for this project.
Some interesting and unusual projects were granted funding this year as
well. The Florence Water Tower in Marion County was awarded $48,000 for
repairs to the metal tank and masonry base. In Jefferson County, the John
Steuart Curry Boyhood Home will receive $6,321 for repairs and upgrades to
the properties heating and cooling systems to protect the site’s collections
of John Steuart Curry artifacts. The World War II-era Parachute Building in
Pratt County was awarded $52,800 for repair of the building’s roof, siding,
and windows. The Home on the Range Cabin, located on the site in Smith
County where the lyrics to the Kansas state song were penned by Dr. Brewster
Higley in 1872, will receive $8,000 for the production of a historic
structure report. This report will help guide the property’s current owners
with future restoration and rehabilitation plans.