Constitution Hall is one of the oldest frame buildings west of the Mississippi. It is said that the events that took place in this building led to the term “bleeding Kansas” and eventually to the Civil War. On its upper floor a pro-slavery constitution for the territory was passed, after which free-state forces rallied their supporters to eventually gain control of the territorial legislature. The building is now a museum dedicated to telling the stories of this important part of Kansas’ eventual status as a free state. During the preservation we lifted the entire structure, excavated and formed a new concrete basement, and relayed every stone in its original location. We also restored the interior and designed and built the display system. Today Constitution Hall is one of Kansas’ most visited state historic sites.
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