INDEPENDENCE, MO – Eighty years after then Presiding Jackson County Judge Harry S. Truman renovated the same building, Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders joined other elected officials and dignitaries in celebrating the restoration of the Historic Truman Courthouse in downtown Independence.
Earlier this afternoon, County Executive Sanders was joined by United States Senator Roy Blunt, former United States Congressman Ike Skelton, and Independence Mayor Don Reimal in formally rededicating the Truman Courthouse.
Over the past year, the courthouse has undergone $5.6 million in interior renovations. 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.
“The successful completion of this project is a shining example of how our government can work efficiently and effectively,” said County Executive Sanders. “It is important that we keep iconic structures like the Truman Courthouse open so that our citizens today as well as future generations can learn about and experience the rich history of Jackson County.”
The historic courthouse, which has been restored to the integrity of its 1933 design, will offer various attractions including tours of President Truman’s office and the courtroom where he once worked as Presiding Judge of Jackson County. The courthouse also features an art museum.
The historic structure will also be a working courthouse once again by housing county staff from the Assessment, Collections, and Recorder of Deeds Departments. The Independence Department of Tourism and Jackson County Historical Society will be housed in the courthouse as well.
The public was able to tour the Truman Courthouse following today’s ceremony. However, the courthouse will be closed next week so that county staff can move into the building.
The Truman Courthouse will officially open for business on Monday, September 16 at 8:00 A.M.