Hall of Waters

Building Assessment and Feasibility Study, Excelsior Springs, Missouri

STRATA Architecture Inc. was the architect of record for the production of a comprehensive assessment and feasibility study for the historic Hall of Waters building in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. The building is an excellent example of the Art Deco and Depression Modern architectural styles, both of which were common to the Depression era buildings built by the WPA. The Hall of Waters was completed in 1937 and is unique from other WPA structures with its Mayan relief imagery and decorative detailing and served as a hydrotherapy spa and recreation hub for decades. Currently the building functions as the City Hall for the City of Excelsior Springs. The goal for the assessment and feasibility study was to assist the City of Excelsior Springs, Missouri in identifying, scheduling and planning for long-term care of the historic Hall of Waters which included the following items: Study the existing building’s construction, materials and usage; Observe and determine the factors which are causing deterioration to the structure and make recommendations for repair; Evaluate compliancy with building codes, ADA accessibility and health and life safety; Outline ideas for consolidation of City services and redevelopment opportunities that complement the historic nature of the building and reinvigorate under-utilized portions of the building while providing additional income to the City; Provide basic opinions of probable cost and potential funding strategies based on established priorities.