September 7, 2013

New Flag Dedicated

Ribbon Cutting

Crucial Renovations Completed!
Vital renovations to prevent irreparable harm to landmark completed on time and on budget.
"Wall-Breaking" Ceremony
Ceremony marks the beginning of renovations essential to the courthouse's preservation.
Phase II Of Vital Renovations Begin
A Public Emergency County Executive's declaration that the state of the Jackson County Truman Courthouse represents a "public emergency" frees up funding for renovation work to proceed.
Saving A Landmark
Learn more about all phases of the renovation effort to save the Jackson County Truman Courthouse.

Historic Site
Learn more about the history of the Jackson County Truman Courthouse.



JULY 9, 2012 -- The Jackson County Truman Courthouse, located on the Independence Square, was closed today so that renovation work inside the building could begin. During the renovations, the building will be closed to members of the public.

Crucial renovations to the grounds surrounding the Truman Courthouse were completed in 2009. The building is now closed for renovations to the interior.

The work being done is phase one in County Executive Mike Sanders' plan to fully renovate the interior of the Truman Courthouse so that it can once again become a tourist attraction and a working courthouse. Further work on the interior of the courthouse will begin later this year. Emergency renovations to the foundation and grounds of the Truman Courthouse were completed in 2009. Plans call for the structure to be fully completed and open to the public in the spring of 2013.

Once finished, the historic courthouse will offer various attractions, including tours of President Harry Truman’s office and the courtroom where he once worked as Presiding Judge of Jackson County. The courthouse will also feature a gallery displaying art and historic artifacts specific to Jackson County. Various county departments, the Independence Department of Tourism and the Jackson County Historical Society will be housed in the courthouse as well.

Other improvements include upgraded air-conditioning, new mechanical and electrical systems, and updated restroom facilities. An elevator will also be installed for easy public access to all three floors of the courthouse.

During the first phase of interior renovations, two dumpsters will be located on Lexington Street in "on-street" parking spaces. Jackson County, Independence Public Works and the Independence Square Association are working together to make sure there is a minimum amount of disruption in and around the area during this time.



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