In early 2018, the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation recognized the Monett Historical Museum with a Preserve Missouri Award as an outstanding project in civic restoration.
Built in 1903, the old Monett State Bank and Tatem-Wright Dry Goods store have been restored as a Historic Tax Credit project, and are now a centerpiece of downtown Monett. The first story has been outfitted as a museum and event center, while the second story is pegged for office use.
Overall, 20,000 square feet of restoration have been completed. This includes structural stabilization, wood window replacement, new lighting and mechanical systems, and an original tin ceiling.
The crowning glory of the project was the recreation of the Monett State Bank’s original brick turret and dome. They had previously been removed due to deterioration, and the corner façade was lacking character. The modern corner was removed and rebuilt by master craftsmen, who replicated the original brick detailing, corbeling, and stone cornices. Precast columns support the lower precast cornice, all topped with a new fiberglass dome finished in a copper patina.