2021 Preservation Awards to be presented for Commercial
and Residential improvements in Historic Districts.
The Excelsior Springs Historic Preservation Commission is accepting nominations for their Historic Preservation Awards Program. Awards will be given for two categories, Commercial and Residential. Property owners who have made significant improvements to historic properties may be nominated by anyone in the community.
Awards were not presented in 2020 due to COVID-19. Award winners in 2019 were Gary and Kim Sanson for improvements made at the Brunke Hardware building at 423 S. Thompson. The commercial property was closing its doors in 2017, and the Sansons saw the importance of preserving this structure that had been a business property in Excelsior Springs for more than 100 years.
Mark and Anna Sue Spohn were awarded the Preservation Award for a Residential Property for restoration of the home of former Police Chief Bill Payne at 426 Concourse Ave. The structure was damaged as a result of a fire and was in danger of demolition. It is now the Payne Jailhouse Bed and Breakfast, as well as the Spohn’s home.
“The Historic Preservation Commission seeks to recognize the hard work and investment of property owners whose projects improve the appearance of Historic Excelsior Springs,” said Betty Bissell, chairman. Anyone who wishes to nominate a property owner may submit a completed form to the Community Development Department at the Hall of Waters by April 12, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Awards will be presented at the Historic Preservation Commission meeting on May 12, 2021.