FRANKFORT - The Kentucky Military History Museum, housed in the Old State Arsenal in Frankfort, is undergoing extensive preservation work in an ongoing effort to protect the Kentucky historical site.
Repairs to the arsenal, which began Monday, are being funded by the Kentucky Department of Military Affairs and will be completed in a manner that honors the historically significant building.
Interior rehabilitation began in November 2007 when the heating and air conditioning system was upgraded. The temporary closing of the museum provided the opportunity for a comprehensive assessment of the structure. The resulting study noted substantial damage to the masonry surrounding the museum's windows, caused by the addition of iron bars at the turn of the century. Research revealed that the iron bars were added to the building in the 1920s and, therefore, were not original. Over time, the iron bars have caused the bricks around the windows and the mortar joints to loosen. After consulting with the Kentucky Heritage Council and K. Norman Berry Associates Architects, the determination was made that removing the iron bars was the best decision for the long-term preservation of the building.