Liberty-based homebuilder Ken Personett has been recognized with a Preserve Missouri Award for his restoration of the Madison Miller Home in Historic Downtown Liberty.
The Madison Miller House was built by the first mayor of Liberty in 1840. The structure was converted into apartments in the 1930s, fell into disrepair and was unattended for several years.
Owner of Capstone Homes, LLC, Personett purchased the property in 2018 when he recognized the property’s potential. This wasn’t an impulsive move, however. Personett has restored 14 historic homes in the Liberty area and builds new homes as well. He vowed to restore this home to its original glory.
Bordered on three sides by commercial properties and just one block from Historic Downtown Liberty, the home seemed best suited to converting into commercial offices. Eight businesses now make their home in the Madison Miller House, which almost instantly became a standout in the historic area.
Personett holds degrees in physics from William Jewell College, engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia and finance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is a certified Residential Building Contractor and was named the Outstanding Preservationist by Historic Liberty, Inc. He is a commissioner on the Liberty Planning and Zoning Board and President of the William Jewell College Board of Governors.
Led by founder Aimee D. Gray, A3G Architects nominated Personett for the Preserve Missouri Award.