Prattaugan Museum Gets Much Needed Facelift

August 10, 2015

Over the past few months, a tremendous amount of work has been done to the Prattaugan Museum, which not only serves as our historic museum, but also as our Welcome Center. The Rice Estate donated this home to the City many years ago with the caveat that it became and remained a museum. The City owns the property and the buildings. The Prattaugan Museum is operated by the Autauga County Heritage Association.

In mid-March, we contracted with Stovall Roofing to replace the roofing on the museum and the little house for $12,845. As you can see from the photos, it was in desperate need of replacement.  With the help of former Senator Bryan Taylor and Representative Paul Beckman, the City of Prattville received a $10,000 grant from the Alabama Historical Commission for these capital improvements.

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Tearing off the old roof.

In April, work began on the back entryway to the museum. The old wooden ramp had outlived its usefulness and was removed. The new ramp is more attractive, meets ADA compliance standards, and is currently being outfitted with railings. Urban Management will also be landscaping that area in the next few weeks.

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Tearing out the old ramp.

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Sanitation hard at work hauling off the ramp debris.

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Beginning the decking.

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Decking and ramp completed; lift installed.

The wheelchair lift was donated by Sam Jones. We can't thank him enough for his generosity as this item would've cost us approximately $10,000. Demolition of the old ramp, installation of the new deck, ramp and wheelchair lift was completed by Thrailkill Builders for $8,500. The handrails shown above are temporary. We'll soon have permanent railings installed along with the aforementioned landscaping.

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Removing old paint.

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Finished paint, new roof, new shutters and new ramp/lift in the rear.

In July, J & K Painting removed all the old, chipping paint from the Museum and then applied new coats to this beautiful structure. The shutters were ragged and beyond repair so we replaced them. We paid J & K $17,900 for the scraping, painting and shutters.

As you can see above, the Prattaugan Museum now looks like new. We're so proud to have partnered with Sam Jones and benefited from the AHC grant to help us be able to complete these much needed repairs.