The North Plaza on the Missouri State Capitol grounds receives a high level of public utilization, and it’s restoration gives the State a chance to repair and historically restore all the monuments, fountain, and paving surfaces.
The design scope included replacement of stone pavers, edge stones and new concrete slabs with necessary drainage for the North Plaza and flanking radius sidewalks. The north wall would be repaired to include tuck pointing on the granite base of the Thomas Jefferson Statue and modern look out for visitors. Also a part of the project was the Liberty Bell and restoration of the fountain statues. The tree planters along the north wall were redesigned to be more historically correct, and existing trees would be removed and replaced.
This area was paved and built with marble from Carthage, MO, where the quarry is no longer in use. Consequently, various substitute materials were evaluated in terms of their ability to replicate the plaza’s original appearance and to exceed its durability, stability and weather resistance.