Capital Project Tracking and Reporting SystemCity of St. Joseph, Missouri
Wyeth-Tootle Mansion Exterior Improvements

Project Information

Wyeth-Tootle Mansion Exterior Improvements

Project Manager: David Frazier

Assistant Project Manager: Jake Fisher

Current Project Status: On-Going

Project Scope:
   To restore the exterior of the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion closer to it’s original appearance and condition. This work generally includes the repair or replacement of the protective building coating, the repair or replacement of the deteriorated sandstone and limestone features, the repair or replacement of woodwork including the cornice work, balcony, windows and doors, replacement of the roof to the box-out structures, the woodwork / window painting and railing repairs. 

Project Funding:
   Transfer from Museum Fund
   Wyeth Tootle Mansion Museum

Project Funding Amount: $431,217.00

   Overall Scope: To restore the exterior of the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion closer to it’s original appearance and condition. This work generally includes the repair or replacement of the deteriorated stonework features and protective coating, the repair or replacement of deteriorated woodwork including the cornices, balconies, windows and doors, replacement of the roofs to the box-out structures and the woodwork / window painting and railing repairs. Update: The City is acting as the general contractor dealing with each contractor working on the various trades of work that will be competitively bid out. The first large scale project of long term repairs, Phase 1, concentrated on the replacement/repairs of the stonework on the West facade which included the main entrance porch. Stone replacement included utilizing custom pre-cast architectural stone made to replicate the deteriorated stone. Stone repairs included patching or rebuilding areas of deteriorated stone with a special mortar designed for the restoration of natural stone. After the stonework was complete, the entire West façade stonework received a special protective building coating to match the existing coating. The Phase 1 work was completed in 2012 and consisted of stone replacement and patching on the west facade of the mansion. The contractor, Restoration & Waterproofing, removed and replaced the majority of the detailed stone features with new pre-cast architectural stone. The porch landing and steps received a traffic bearing coating and the railings were reinstalled and painted. This project proceeded smoothly from start to finish and the contractor did a very good job replicating the deteriorated stonework. The final cost for this Phase 1 stonework was $305,489. The Phase 1A work was completed in 2014 and consisted of the repair or replacement of the deteriorated exterior woodworks including the windows, cornices, balconies and main doorway for the West facade of the Mansion which recently received extensive stone restoration. The project budget allowed the acceptance of an alternate bid to make similar repairs to the North façade and portions of the East façade. River Bluff Architects provided the professional design services for this project and Pishny Restoration Services was the general contractor with a final contract cost of $339,414.00 which was funded by the CIP Museum Fund. The work included removing and taking the window sashes to a shop to be stripped/refinished and reinstalled with the frames painted. The balcony over the east entrance was rebuilt and repairs to the basement windows were completed. The contractor performed extensive painting including detailed highlight colors on the cornices and refinished the main wood entryway and doors. The work has received a lot of praise and especially compliments the stone restoration performed on the West façade. A priority was put in place in 2017 to hire an architect to design a plan to repair or replace the failing and outdated air conditioning system. In 2017 there was about $335,000 in the Museum CIP Fund for capital projects. The Phase 2 - Woodwork Restoration Project was be put on hold until after the HVAC work is complete and funding is reviewed. The architect and a HVAC engineer completed working on the initial design and the project was first bid out on December 17 and bid opening was on January 18, 2018. The first bids came in over budget and the architect and HVAC engineer are investigating ways to cut costs in the design with the revised design expected to be completed by early June. After the rebidding phase and by the time we are ready to award this project to a contractor, the Museum CIP Fund will have ~$410,000 available for exterior capital projects.  

Last Update: Thursday May 31, 2018