KIMMSWICK: Seal of preservation
Burgess-Howe House first building preserved
By Trish Wallace
Wednesday, November 28, 2007 6:49 AM CST
Instead of a grand opening, the Kimmswick Historical Society celebrated a "Grand Sealing" ceremony last week to preserve historic buildings within the city.The historical society invited Seal St. Louis to add a sealant to the masonry and wood of the Burgess-Howe House in Kimmswick. The product is designed to last for 30 years and keeps buildings sturdy, preserving their natural beauty.Seal St. Louis is a family owned operation, with the entire crew made up of family members or long-time friends."If they're not family, they ought to be," owner Ed Lovelace said.Lovelace said that the permanent sealant used by Seal St. Louis has been around for 70 years and is used by the Canadian military. The sealing method the company uses is typically used to preserve the wood in decks and fences or the concrete in patios and driveways. The sealant hardens concrete by 23 percent.Burgess-Howe House will be the first historic building the group has ever preserved.During the grand sealing, those celebrating the event were given a brief tour of the house."This is incredible," said Fred Steinbach of Musen and Steinbach, the marketing firm that represents Seal St. Louis."This definitely needs to be preserved," Lovelace's wife JoAnn said as she admired the inside of the house.The house was originally constructed about 15 miles southwest of Kimmswick during the 1840s. In 1970, the house was taken down--log by log--so the building could be rebuilt at its final resting place in Kimmswick.Lovelace took a moment to take in a view of the house."I want to take it and move into it," he said. "It's just amazing."The historic project first interested Lovelace because of his own background."I grew up in a small town," Lovelace said.The old buildings in his hometown no longer exist. They were torn down to make way for newer, more modern buildings. Lovelace wants to see other old buildings preserved.Lovelace said sealing the Burgess-Howe House should take about five or six hours. Seal St. Louis will then preserve two other historic locations in the city at a later date.