Fypon Provides Polyurethane Products for Clock Tower Restoration

Window & Door
June 3, 2014

The landmark 40-foot tall clock tower atop the Jackson County Truman Courthouse in Independence, Mo. was restored in September of 2013, and now chimes again, due in part to custom-designed pieces from Fypon.

"We needed high-density polyurethane custom-manufactured materials like balustrades and finials to exactly match the historic profile of the original clock," says Corey Thomas, vice president of business development for Pishny Restoration Services. "The Fypon products we received were an exact match to the samples we sent and offer a new, long life to the clock tower."

Constructed in 1836, the courthouse underwent renovations and additions in 1848, 1873, 1887 and 1907—each one changing the clock tower and altering its design. The last renovation took place in 1933 and was presided over by Judge Harry S. Truman, who later became the 33rd President of the United States.

At the request of Jackson County officials, and with so much history to preserve, the designers at lead consulting firm Piper-Wind Architects Inc. made the decision to use polyurethane products to accurately replicate the 12-foot square clock tower. 

"Trim elements around the clock tower were previously made of wood, which had deteriorated over time due to moisture and limited access for maintenance," says Christopher Martin, AIA, who directed the construction period services for the firm. "The high-density polyurethane accurately matches the appearance of the original exterior wood trim details while providing a material that is weather resistance with low maintenance needs.