June 17, 2013

Wornall House Museum to close for repairs

Historic home was damaged by the drought.

The house that John Wornall built survived the Civil War and more than 150 years of Kansas City winters and summers but the recent drought was too much.

The historic home at 6115 Wornall Road will close for the summer so $300,000 worth of repairs can be made to its foundation, facade and interior.

The house will close June 24 and remain closed through the end of September.

“We have been working quickly and strategically since December 2012 to build awareness about the capital project and to raise the necessary funding,” Wornall House Executive Director Anna Marie Tutera said in a statement Monday.

She said the William T. Kemper Foundation made a $150,000 challenge grant and that an additional $100,000 has been raised, including contributions from the Sunderland Foundation, H&R Block Foundation, Ash Grove Charitable Foundation, Kearney Wornall Foundation and Helen S. Boylan Foundation.

Officials continue efforts to raise the remaining $50,000.

Structural Engineering Associates is donating its services. Wornall House officials are reviewing bids for the exterior work and hope construction will begin in July. Susan Richards Johnson & Associates is working on an interior restoration plan.

Wornall, a farmer and banker, built the Greek Revival home in 1858. The estate once included 500 acres of farmland. The house was used as a field hospital following the Battle of Westport during the Civil War.

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