by Ivan Foley
A home owned by Ronnie and Shirley Pine at 109 Ferrel St. has been selected as the latest winner of the William M. Paxton Preservation Award given by the City of Platte City.
The board of aldermen approved the award Tuesday night.
The Pines purchased the Judge William Almond home that had decayed in recent decades due to maintenance lapsing and the ravages of nature taking toll on the overall condition of the dwelling. The home has undergone a complete rebuilding, which was needed to stabilize the structure from further decay.
The home is a classic two-story wood frame structure with a stone foundation and metal roof, a typical example of architecture for the 1841 period. A bare stud overhaul included the removal of the asbestos siding, several layers of roof shingles, removal of the attempts to modernize the residence in the late 1890s and early 1920s after being damaged by fire.
“Located in the city’s residential conservation district, the restoration supports the sense of community with its architecture,” states information included with the resolution naming the home the winner of the award. “Ronnie and Shirley Pine have committed numerous hours to preserve the architectural significance of the wooden frame structure while incorporating the requirements of the Building Codes adopted by the board of aldermen.”
Earlier structures awarded with the preservation honor from the city include The Landmark Newspaper building at 252 Main St. and the “stone house” at the end of Main.
A plaque in the lobby at City Hall includes the names of the property owners whose structures have been given the Paxton Award since its beginning in 2009.
Mayor Frank Offutt said structures within the conservation district boundaries are eligible. The district boundaries are from North Street south to Paxton, and from First Street east to Fourth Street.