2019 Preservation Award Ceremony

Gary and Kim Sanson – Commercial Award

Mark and Anna Sue Spohn – Residential Award


Two Preservation Awards were given at the July meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission. The 2019 most outstanding commercial project was awarded to Gary and Kim Sanson for restoration of the Brunke Hardware building. The most outstanding residential project was awarded to Anna Sue and Mark Spohn for restoration of the Bill Payne house. Awards were presented by Betty Bissell, ESHPC Chairwoman. An awards reception followed the presentations.

The City of Excelsior Springs is one of the historic cities in Clay County, Missouri that has been on the forefront of the redevelopment of historic properties within the county. Historic preservation is an effective tool for managing growth and sustainable development, revitalizing neighborhoods, fostering local pride and maintaining community character while enhancing livability.

The Historic Preservation Commission of the City of Excelsior Springs has chosen to recognize the efforts of renovation and redevelopment of the historic fabric of our community. The Preservation Award showcases exceptional projects in the preservation, restoration and stewardship of structures within the City’s historic districts.

The Brunke Hardware building, located at 423 S. Thompson Avenue, has been a business property in our community for more than 100 years and was closing its doors in 2017. Gary and Kim, as community investors and developers, understood the importance of preserving this building and its historical significance. The Sanson’s love of preservation led them to invest more than $75,000 in the restoration of the facade of the building and in replacing mechanical components of the building to secure its future. The Brunke building remains an important business property in downtown Excelsior Springs.

Mark and Anna Sue purchased the home of former Police Chief Bill Payne that was in danger of demolition after damage due to a fire. Located at 426 Concourse Avenue, the property has been renovated and restored to it former glory, having saved an important historic building in our community’s history. The Spohn’s have opened it as the Payne Jailhouse Bed and Breakfast, sharing it with visitors to our community.