Kansas State House

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Kansas State House


Kansas State House

Location: Topeka, KS
General Contractor: J.E. Dunn Construction


It took construction crews 37 years to complete the Kansas State Capitol building after ground broke on the project in the 1860s. That glacial pace was due in large part to the detailed finishes that had to be handcrafted by artisans and skilled workers.

So when contractor JE Dunn Construction was tasked with restoring the building more than a century later, the company knew attention to detail would be key. The company needed a partner to supply specialized hardware for the dozens of openings throughout the building that had fallen into disrepair.


More than 500 doors and thousands of pieces of hardware needed to be replaced or restored throughout the project. American Direct worked closely with skilled craftsmen from Cirecast to replicate the ornate hardware that adorned the openings to the State House chambers and offices, allowing JE Dunn to meet the detailed demands of this one-of-a-kind project.

“Respectful to the hardware, that was a real team effort in being able to work with American Direct and their suppliers of the historical replica hardware. There are so many elements to keep track of that there is a lot of responsibility for American Direct to produce the hardware matrix to track all of the information.”
— Jim Rinner, Senior Project Manager, JE Dunn


General Contractor: JE Dunn

Hollow metal doors: Ceco Door Products

Hollow metal frames: Ceco Door Products

Wood doors: Harring Doors; VT Industries

Hinges: McKinney

Weatherstrips and thresholds: National Guard

Locks and exit devices: Corbin-Russwin; Von Duprin; Best

Reproduction locks and hinges: Cirecast, Accruate

Closers: Norton, Rixson

Specialty sliding doors: Sun-Door