Jimmy Davis was contracted by the library board to oversee the project, which was done a little at a time over a six-month period. "I took my time with it," Davis said, "I appreciate being involved in a project like this. It's a joy to work on."
Since the library is on the National Register of Historic Places, the historic nature of the architecture must be preserved to the extent possible in any renovation project. The same nature of material as the original was used including the hardwoods and the copper top cover.
"For wood on the outside, white oak is the best wood," Davis explained.
Tim Anderson, a Cherokee native who now lives in the Kansas City area and does restoration work, assisted in the project. Mike Taylor did copper work and Louis Hausmann did some wood trim work. Even Davis' son, Levi, a Western Iowa Tech student, was drawn into the project to help.
The transom has been put into place and next there will be work on the door itself as well as glasswork above and behind the door and transom. That will involve a whole other set of skills and craftsman.