On November 3, 2018, Soldiers Memorial Military Museum will reopen under the operational leadership of the Missouri Historical Society (MHS) as a state-of-the-art museum facility honoring local military service members, veterans, and their families. MHS took the helm of Soldiers Memorial in November 2015 and began a $30 million revitalization in 2016. This cost was covered entirely by anonymous donors.
With the help of Mackey Mitchell Architects, every effort was made to maintain the architectural and historic integrity of this beautiful, classical-style building with art deco flourishes while also bringing it up to contemporary museum standards.
OVERVIEW OF THE RENOVATION
The entire Soldiers Memorial building received a face-lift. All metalwork on windows and doorways was cleaned and preserved, and the decorative plasterwork on the ceilings was restored. Interior storm windows were added to minimize artifacts’ exposure to sunlight while allowing the original windows to remain in place. The storm windows further insulate the building and maintain an ideal environment for the artifacts.
Where possible, the original art deco light fixtures were cleaned and rewired. The mahogany-lined elevator, with its art deco metal doors, was brought up to code, and several hundred missing tiles from the Gold Star Mothers mosaic on the loggia’s ceiling have been matched and replaced.