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Renovations begin on iconic Excelsior storefront

June 22, 2018 – The Brunke Hardware building will return to an old look after receiving a facelift. The new owners decided to purchase the old building and restore it to its former glory, in keeping with the restoration and revitalization of the downtown district.

The Brunke building’s rich history shows itself through time. Built in 1929, developers built a second addition in 1935. It served as the location for Newberry’s Five & Dime before the Brunke family moved their hardware store in 1982. With three generations fulfilling the community’s need for a hardware store, the family proved to be as much of a part of Excelsior history as the building itself.

“We are renovators who enjoy renovating and revitalizing old historic properties,” says Gary Sanson, who made the purchase along with his wife Kim. “We also want to be good stewards and do our part in preserving the history of Excelsior Springs.”

Gary and Kim Sanson are restoring the iconic storefront back t o its former glory.

Historic photographs of the building showed a highly decorated surface on the upper portion of the building, with dark and light- colored bricks alternating to create a complex pattern. The roof also had a stepped parapet edge, according to the old photos. Through time, developers covered the building’s original historic architecture.

The Sansons pulled the metal siding down, revealing a beautiful façade, proving the historical records accurate. After discovering decorative, hand-painted terracotta rosettes from the early 1900s, Gary Sanson removed a loose one from the top, in order to cast a mold to replicate and replace the ones damaged by time.

“Back when a decision was made to change the façade, they intentionally chiseled and flattened the rosettes so the support braces could be installed to support the metal façade that later held the Brunke letters for several years,” Sanson says.

The Sansons both look forward to the historical restoration of the Brunke building, and what it will bring to the downtown area. The building is located at 415 S. Thompson Avenue in Excelsior Springs.

By Samantha Kilgore •

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6 Responses to Renovations begin on iconic Excelsior storefront

  1. John Reply

    June 25, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Cool deal ..what would be the absolute best thing to put back in their would be a 5 and dime.

  2. Jan Reply

    June 26, 2018 at 12:19 am

    Agree with John. An old time five and dime store would be absolutely fantastic!

  3. Jan Hulbert Reply

    June 26, 2018 at 12:20 am

    Agree with John. An old time five and dime store would be absolutely fantastic!

  4. Joe Calton Reply

    June 27, 2018 at 1:01 am

    I’m pretty sure I remember when it was Newberry’s.

    I also remember a Mattingly’s and the Ben Franklin.

  5. Lee Reply

    July 2, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    To those who enjoy Dick’s 5&10 in Branson as much as I do, don’t you think a similar establishment would not only be great fun, but a real attraction? Kudos for what sounds like great restoration of the building, whatever it may become!

  6. Karen Helge Dewey Reply

    July 10, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    Yes, I remember the Mattingly’s store and Ben Franklin. It would we wonderful to have a period 5 & 10. There are places to purchase that type of confection, dry goods, etc. Way to go, ES. My hometown is lookin’ good.

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