Historical Wyatt building to undergo restoration after termite damage resolved

Ashley Ford | aford@waxahachietx.com
Chelsea Klepfer, the executive director of Historic Waxahachie Inc., tours the Wyatt to point out the termite damage not easily visible to the eye. Restorations on the building begin Sunday.


One historic downtown Waxahachie buildings will soon undergo needed restorations that will allow its doors to continue to be open to the public.

Luckily, until the renovations begin, visitors still have an opportunity experience the inside of the Wyatt, as well as the nearby Calaboose building, and hear about their history during Oddfest on Saturday.

Chelsea Klepfer, the executive director for Historic Waxahachie Inc., explained the Wyatt, which is dubbed one of the oldest commercial buildings in Waxahachie, suffered from termite damage over the summer.

Klepfer pointed out the organization has maintained resources in necessary maintenance and the security of the historical site.

"The termite damage to the buildings was not substantial, though it could have been had we not caught it and treated the premises as early as we did," Klepfer emphasized.

The Wyatt was successfully treated for termites in July. Also during the summer, the Waxahachie Police Department relocated off the downtown square, which influenced the organization to install moonlights to ensure security.

A small portion of wood on the interior and exterior of the Wyatt will be replaced starting on Sunday. Once completed, the building will be brush painted an antique white.

"We are focusing on the Wyatt right now, as you can see the paint is old," said Klepfer as she pointed at the trip above the main entrance. She noted wood damages were most likely caused by squirrels.

Broken windowpanes will also be replaced, and then members of Historic Waxahachie Inc. will glaze and putty the windows for adequate preservation.

As of now, Historic Waxahachie Inc. is searching for companies to place bids on the windowpane work.

Historic Waxahachie Inc. will continue to raise funds for the ongoing maintenance of these buildings in the years to come.

Historic Waxahachie Inc. board members will provide tours to patrons at Oddfest on Saturday from 11a.m.—2p.m. For more information on the history of the two buildings, visit, www.historicwaxahachie.com/the-wyatt-calaboose-buildings.

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Ashley Ford | @aford_news | 469-517-1450