The Atchison County Memorial Building is a historical landmark in Northwest Missouri. The 100-year-old building in Rock Port is currently undergoing a major renovation project. The Atchison County Memorial Building Foundation and board members are hoping to unveil a beautifully renewed and restored building to the community in the summer of 2019.
Currently, the building’s main floor, with the exception of the recently renovated restrooms and elevator, has been cleared and is ready for new walls and flooring. The contractor is also working on new electrical work for an advanced fire alarm system. After the electrical work is complete, installation on a new ceiling will begin.
During the demolition process, contractors uncovered historic wooden arches that are original to the building. The team plans to integrate those arches into the new ceilings, paying homage to the architectural integrity of the building’s history.
Atchison County Memorial Building Foundation board members did a walk-through of the building in early October with the project’s contractor, Richard Sadler. They discussed which walls would stay and which needed replaced and also discussed the possibility of adding more seating to the Liberty Theatre on the second floor.
The building’s theater will benefit greatly from the renovation project. Not only will there be more seats for a larger audience, the board has also reached out to theater specialists who are providing insights on acoustics for the best sound quality for theater performances.
“We know that the theater is enjoyed by many in the community and we want to make it special,” said board member Janet Griffin. New seating in the mezzanine balcony and better acoustics will have the opportunity to shine when the Liberty Theatre presents “Cinderella” in June, 2019.
On the main level of the building, rooms to the left of the entrance that were once used as storage may have a new future after construction is complete. The board is discussing the possibility of using the space to display historical memorabilia and military artifacts.
As construction continues, the board is excited to share photos and updates to the public so that everyone feels a part of the project. It is because of community support and generous giving that this project is possible, for which the board is extremely grateful.