5/2/2017 - Friends of the Sedalia Trust Receive Missouri Preservation Award
Photo Credit: Toby Carrig of the Ste. Genevieve Herald
On April 27, 2017, members of the Friends of the Sedalia Trust, including Mayor Stephen Galliher, travelled to the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri to receive a Preserve Missouri award during a ceremony hosted by the organization, Missouri Preservation.
Missouri Preservation, per their website at www.preservemo.org, "advocates for, educates about, and assists in the preservation of architectural and historic landmarks that embody Missouri's unique heritage and sense of place."
The Sedalia Trust was constructed in 1886. In late 1997, the building suffered two successive fires that severely damaged the structure. For sixteen years, the building stood with a gutted interior in addition to the fire and water damage.
In 2014, local citizens started voicing concerns about the stability of the structure when bricks started falling from the top of the north wall. Later that year, the Friends of the Sedalia Trust was incorporated to save the significant local landmark. This organization spearheaded a stabilization project that included a four story interior support wall, roof repairs, and the addition of gutters and downspouts. An old metal canopy, dating back to 1970, was removed from the building's façade. Now that the building is no longer at risk, the Friends of the Sedalia Trust is seeking a qualified preservation developer to fully restore the historic local landmark.