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Missouri Preservation Conference Oct 6-8, 2014

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The 2014 Missouri Preservation Conference is sure to be one of our best ever. Hosted at the historic Elms Resort Hotel & Spa in beautiful Excelsior Springs, the Conference offers a wide variety of educational experiences for both the beginner and the experienced preservationist,  with sessions, tours and two day-long advanced training opportunities.

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MISSOURI’S MOST ENDANGERED HISTORIC PLACES ANNOUNCED MAY 20

Missouri Preservation announced its list of the State’s Most Endangered Historic Places for 2014 at a press conference held at the Henry Blosser House in Malta Bend (Saline County),  Missouri. The announcement was be made at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20,  2014.  The list of Most Endangered and the Watched Properties list (in no particular order) is as follows:

The Henry Blosser House, Malta Bend – Saline County

Lewis & Clark Branch Library, Moline Acres – St. Louis County

Houston House, Newburg – Phelps County

The Coleman House, Poplar Bluff – Butler County

University of Missouri Campus Properties – Bel Nor – St. Louis County

The Franz Schmidt Cabin – Cape Girardeau – Cape Girardeau County

The Henry Miller House, Bloomfield – Stoddard County

The Phillip Kaes House, Sherman – St. Louis County

The James Clemens House, City of Saint Louis

Greenwood Cemetery, Hillsdale – St. Louis County

The Route 66 Bridge – St. Louis County

 

 

2014 Watched Properties List: 

Athens Methodist Church – Athens, Clark County

Wheatley-Provident Hospital – Kansas City, Jackson County

The Frank L. Sommer “Cracker” House – St. Joseph, Buchanan County

The Diamonds Cafe – Villa Ridge, Franklin County

School Buildings of Missouri – Statewide

The Kemper Arena – Kansas City, Jackson County

The Russell Hotel – Charleston, Mississippi County

The Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church – Lexington, Lafayette County

The Pelster House Barn – Franklin County

 

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STATEWIDE PRESERVATION HONOR AWARDS

MARCH 6, 2014.

MISSOURI PRESERVATION’S HONOR AWARDS RECOGNIZE INDIVIDUALS, GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE PRESERVATION OF MISSOURI’S RICH AND DIVERSE COLLECTION OF HISTORIC RESOURCES IN THE PAST YEAR. THIS YEAR WE HAD A RECORD NUMBER OF GREAT AND WORTHY NOMINATIONS. THE AWARDS CEREMONY WAS HELD IN THE STATE CAPITOL ROTUNDA ON THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014.

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THE AWARDS

The Rozier Award

Named in honor of Elizabeth McReynolds Rozier, one of the founding members of Missouri Preservation and a noted Jefferson City Preservationist, the Rozier Award was established to recognize individuals who have made significant achievements in the field of historic preservation in Missouri. This is Missouri Preservation’s most prestigious annual award.

The McReynolds Awards

The McReynolds Awards, also named in honor of Elizabeth McReynolds Rozier, are given annually to individuals or groups who have made significant achievements in the field or are in the midst of a long-term preservation project. The McReynolds awards are among the most important awards given out each year by the organization.

Osmund Overby Award

The Overby Award was established in 2003 to recognize published works that contribute to the documentation and interpretation of Missouri’s architectural history. It honors Dr. Osmund Overby, Art History Professor Emeritus and former head of the historic preservation program at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Dr. Overby is a nationally recognized leader in historic preservation.

The Preserve Missouri Awards

Presented for the first time in 2000, the Preserve Missouri awards recognize outstanding efforts and projects around the state. Suggested categories include, but are not limited to: Commercial Revitalization,  Institutional/Civic Building Restoration, Neighborhood Revitalization, Residential Rehabilitation, Historic Landscape Preservation, Rural Preservation, and Preservationist-in-Action .

 

Missouri Preservation Conference

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Missouri’s Most Endangered Historic Places 2013

May 21, 2013

Missouri Preservation announced its List of Most Endangered Places for 2013 at a press conference held at the Historic Henry Miller House at 106 Cape Road in Bloomfield, which is included on the 2013 List of Most Endangered Historic Places.   The Most Endangered Historic Places Program, one of Missouri Preservation’s most visible programs, brings much needed attention to threatened historic resources throughout the state.  The Most Endangered Program annually spotlights historic resources that are imperiled.  Each year Missouri Preservation solicits nominations from around the State, evaluates the merits of the submissions, and announces the Most Endangered.  Throughout the year, Missouri Preservation provides technical assistance, advocacy, and planning support for the listed properties.

Penny Pitman, Chairperson of the Most Endangered Historic Places Committee, and Bill Hart, Missouri Preservation’s Field Representative, made the announcement.   An additional list of Watched Properties was announced.  “The Watched Properties include historic sites where there is concern, but no immediate threat to their existence at this time,” Pitman said, “We are happy to recognize properties around the state which are imperiled for one reason or another, including abandonment, proposed development,  or lack of available resources.

The first Endangered Historic Places announcement was made in 2000 and was instituted as a media campaign aimed at calling attention to endangered historic resources statewide, serving as a call to action. In 2010 the program was expanded and staff support and a board liaison was assigned to each of the endangered places to assess the immediate needs of the endangered resource and assist the nominators to help ensure the preservation of each of the endangered resources. The announcement of The Most Endangered Historic Places is made at one of the sites chosen to be on the official list, usually during May, which is National Preservation Month.

We at Missouri Preservation would like to thank our hosts, the people of Bloomfield. We’d like to extend a special thanks to Chris Kinder for coordinating our visit   there. After the announcement, Drs. Bert and Mary Ann Kellerman and Annie Criddle of the Kellerman Foundation for Historic Preservation hosted a reception in honor of our Most Endangered Places at the Kellermans’ fabulous historic home in Cape Girardeau. Our deepest gratitude to them for their generosity and commitment to historic preservation in Missouri. Read more about the Foundation in the article about the Henry Miller House below.  

We are indeed grateful to the preservationists who chose to nominate these historic places to our Most Endangered List. It is through you that we give voice to the cause of saving places that matter.

The 2013 List of Missouri’s Most Endangered Historic Places  (in no particular order) is as follows:

The Henry Miller House, Bloomfield – Stoddard County

The Poage-Arnold House “Three Gables,” Kansas City – Clay County

The Ozark Community Building, Ozark – Christian County

The Phillip Kaes House, Sherman – St. Louis County

Camp Zoe, Round Spring – Shannon County

The James Clemens House, City of Saint Louis

The Frizel-Welling House, Jackson – Cape Girardeau County

Greenwood Cemetery, Hillsdale – St. Louis County

The Book House, Rock Hill – St. Louis County

On the 2013 Watched Properties List:

Film Row District – Kansas City, Jackson County

Wheatley-Provident Hospital – Kansas City, Jackson County

The Frank L. Sommer “Cracker” House – St. Joseph, Buchanan County

The Lyric Theater Building – Newburg, Phelps County

The Diamonds Cafe – Villa Ridge, Franklin County

School Buildings of Missouri – Statewide

Historic Bridges of Missouri – Statewide (Including Route 66, St. Louis County and Riverside, Christian County)

The Kemper Arena – Kansas City, Jackson County

The Russell Hotel – Charleston, Mississippi County

The Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church – Lexington, Lafayette County

Information on each of the endangered resources follows:

The Henry Miller House
Bloomfield – Stoddard County

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This house was constructed some time between 1845 and 1849 for Henry Miller, a civic leader and merchant who was prominent in the early swamp land reclamation movement in Southeast Missouri and was also involved in the creation and promotion of the Cairo & Fulton Railroad Company in the 1850s.  Known architecturally as an “I-House,” it is believed to be the oldest in Stoddard County and one of the oldest houses in Southeast Missouri. The interior of the house retains much of its original material, with the exception of minor repairs.  The house was used as a residence continually from the time it was constructed until about 1979 and has been vacant ever since.   The house has since fallen into general disrepair from neglect, some siding is missing, and the porch collapsed and was removed.  A $200,000.00 grant was received several years ago to restore the house, but after one of the contractors failed to produce, the grant was forfeited. Student volunteers from the Historic Preservation Association at Southeast Missouri State University have been working to stabilize the Miller House. It is hoped that Missouri’s Most Endangered List will bring added recognition to this historic place, that the building can be listed on the National Register of Historic Places and that it will be able to once again garner economic favor through a broader system of support.

a very happy addendum to this story:

Just after we received this nomination to the Most Endangered, The Kellerman Foundation for Historic Preservation  announced that it will be providing a grant in part to nominate the Miller House to the National Register of Historic Places.

The Poage-Arnold House “Three Gables”
Kansas City – Clay County

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This house originated as a simple two-room building constructed ca. 1824, and the substantial brick addition was added in about 1860. The building is a center hall Gothic Revival style house, and is a rare example of this architectural style both in this community and statewide. Located outside Liberty Missouri in Clay County, it is actually situated within the city limits of Kansas City and is possibly the oldest structure in the Kansas City area. As part of the country’s bicentennial, Three Gables house was listed as one of Clay County’s seventy-six most significant historic buildings. Since its sale in 2000, the surrounding farmland has been developed for residences, apartments, and commercial enterprises. The owners from 2000 through 2013 had intended to raze the house and sell the land for development. Thus the house has not been maintained for over a decade. These owners recently lost the land through foreclosure, and the property was sold at private auction. The new owners, a real estate conglomerate from California, are investigating demolition. Due to its location in a dangerous curve on Missouri 291 Highway, and to the surrounding residential development that has occurred in the last decade, it is unlikely that the property could now be sold for commercial development. It is hoped this nomination will help the new owners understand the importance of this structure and call for its preservation in future development plans.

The Ozark Community Building
Ozark – Christian County

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Constructed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the Ozark Community Building was dedicated in July of 1933. The material used for the exterior walls of the building is native fieldstone, referred to locally as “giraffe stone.” The Community Building became obsolete when the City opened the new Ozark Community Center in 2009. While the building has a sensitive owner in the Christian County Museum and Historical Society, it has now been vacant for a number of years. Several areas of its fieldstone walls are in need of re-pointing, and the roof is compromised and leaking. Lack of interior environmental control has caused moisture and humidity to create an unhealthy atmosphere. A fundraising drive to fix the roof, plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning has begun so that the Museum can eventually get an occupancy permit. It is hoped that listing on Missouri’s Most Endangered will develop a public awareness of the challenges to this property and emphasize to former and current residents of Ozark the importance of restoration/renovation of this important historic resource.

The Phillip Kaes House
Sherman – St. Louis County

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The land on which the Kaes house sits was part of a Spanish land grant to Samuel Pruitt, who was one of the first English-speaking settlers west of the Mississippi. By 1862, most of Pruitt’s holdings had been divided between the Lewis, Kaehs (Kaes) and Coons families. The house was sited on land belonging to the Kaeses. There is still a private cemetery on the property bearing Kaes family inscriptions. The house is designated a St. Louis County Landmark and  is now part of Castlewood State Park. It suffers sorely from lack of maintenance. Acquired by the State Parks Department in 1980, one year later the first proposal to pay for its restoration started through the bureaucratic maze. Finally in 1986 $172,000.00 was allocated by the state legislature for the house, but officials shifted money to other needs at the park. In the ensuing years, time has not been kind to State Parks budgets and the house has continued to fall into disrepair. It is hoped that this nomination will call attention to the need for increased funding for Missouri’s State Parks and historic buildings that have been acquired into the State Parks system.

Camp Zoe
Round Spring – Shannon County

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Camp Zoe is sited on a hill overlooking Sinking Creek, a tributary of the Current River. The 350 acres on which the camp is located abuts the Ozark National Scenic Riverways where Sinking Creek meets the Current. Camp Zoe was opened in 1929 as an all girls summer camp and eventually was made coed. Original buildings dating to 1929 include the Lodge, where activities were held (included a library), the Dining Hall, the “Old Shelter”, a mostly open air shelter where activities were held, the Stables, Cabins I, II & III and several service and out-buildings. The lodge was the most significant structure, sited at the top of the hill overlooking the camp grounds and constructed of native Ozark stone and timbers harvested from the site. Over the years four other cabins were added. Camp Zoe closed as a summer camp after the summer of 1986 due to escalating insurance costs and associated rises in camp tuition, which had begun to cause the number of campers to dwindle in the early 1980s. After a few years of renting the camp for retreats and large camping groups, longtime owners Jack and Lois Peters sold Camp Zoe to a religious organization. That organization made little to no changes to the camp and grounds, using it primarily for summer retreats through the 1990s. In 2004 members of the Grateful Dead tribute band The Schwag purchased the camp. By this time, many of the buildings were beginning to become run down due to deferred maintenance. The Schwag addressed some issues and made simple repairs to the cabins and showering facilities. The Schwag cleared some ground north of the main camp for their annual “Schwagstock” music festivals, but the camp itself largely maintained its original integrity. In early November 2010 the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency raided the camp after the final show at the annual “Spookstock” music festival. Following the raid court documents were filed alleging that the music festivals at Camp Zoe were the site of widespread, rampant use and sales of illegal drugs. Camp Zoe was seized by the federal government. While the historic camp is not in immediate danger of destruction, it faces an uncertain future brought about by the federal seizure. Many of the historic buildings, which have suffered from deferred maintenance and partial repairs are in a fragile state. It is hoped that listing Camp Zoe on Missouri’s list of Most Endangered Places could bring wider attention to a place that could be lost to neglect but has the potential of once again functioning as a camping/lodging or retreat facility offering visitors an escape from the daily barrage of our busy lives.

The James Clemens House
City of Saint Louis

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This house, completed 1859-60 was designed by architect, Patrick Walsh and constructed for James Clemens, who was a highly successful businessman and cousin to writer Samuel Clemens. The house is listed on the National Register and is a St. Louis City Landmark. This imposing Palladian-style villa with extensive cast iron ornamentation represents one of the most intact antebellum mansions in the St. Louis area. After the death of the illustrious owner in 1888, the house and furnishings were sold to the Sisters of Carondelet, a chapel addition was constructed, and the property became the Convent of Our Lady of Good Counsel. The Sisters enlarged the property to include a dormitory and a Georgian Palladian chapel, which was designed by Aloysius Gillick and completed in 1896. Beginning in 1949 the buildings were used by a number of Roman Catholic communities and charities, and in 1987 it was sold to the Berean Missionary Baptist Association and then in 2005 to the Universal Vietnamese Buddhist Association. In these recent years, the complex has been used as a homeless shelter and the buildings have received little or no maintenance. A 1984 inspection report suggested that the cast iron used in the façade had become cracked and brittle, allowing water to be trapped behind. The quoins at the corners of the building were reportedly in bad condition, were missing fragments and cracking at the anchor bolts. A conservative price tag for repairs needed at that time was $100,000.00. Since then the building has transferred hands a number of times, the most recent being to the developer of the proposed “NorthSide Regeneration” project. Representatives of NorthSide Regeneration removed the cast iron façade of the house years ago when it was promised the building would be renovated. Since then, nothing has been done to preserve or stabilize the house or additions, and the roof of the nearby chapel has collapsed. It is hoped that this nomination will encourage NorthSide Regeneration to complete rehabilitation of the Clemens House and to include preservation as a focal point of its future plans in the NorthSide Regeneration area.

The Frizel-Welling House
Jackson – Cape Girardeau County

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The Frizel-Welling House was begun in 1818 by Joseph Frizel as a modest Cape Cod style house. That same year Mr. Frizel married Sarah Bollinger, the only child of Frederick Bollinger of Whitewater Missouri, where the now famous Bollinger Mill had been built.  They owned the house only until 1820, when it was purchased by a Mr. Von Phul, and yet another owner before being purchased by Charles Welling in 1838. Mr. Welling purchased it as a new home for he and his bride, the former Elizabeth Frizel, daughter of original owners, Joseph and Sarah Frizel. The Wellings substantially enlarged the house, adding a large two story front-gabled Greek Revival structure. A skirmish occurred in Jackson during the Civil War, and  a bullet in a wash stand which remains in the house. In addition, a “mini-ball” was found in the side yard. In 1864 the First Presbyterian Church was organized in the parlor of the Frizel-Welling home. The family’s generosity is well-known throughout the town’s history, and for a time the parlor also served as the home for Jackson’s first public library. The descendants of the Frizels and Wellings still hold title to the property. Over the years, generations of the family have brought and left personal belongings in the home. The house’s history is evident today as you walk through the house. Every room appears complete as it did many years ago, with well-aged books filling the bookshelves and remarkable pieces of history at every turn, with pieces of history found simply by opening a drawer or storage chest.. The building has recently been put up for sale and there has already been one major threat to the Frizel-Welling House. A sales contract for the asking price was received by the family by an interested party who had sought to demolish the house for a parking lot. Knowing this, the family rejected the contract. The State of Missouri has been approached about perhaps acquiring the property for a State Historic Site, given the extraordinary collection of books, furniture and other family belongings at the House, as well as its family connection to the nearby Bollinger Mill SHS.  The Most Endangered designation would bring further recognition to this site and to the need for timely action to save and preserve the building as well as its amazing collection of artifacts, and may even convince the State to acquire the building as a State Historic Site. (photo by James Baughn)

Greenwood Cemetery
Hillsdale – St. Louis County

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Greenwood Cemetery was established in 1874 as the first commercial African-American cemetery in the St. Louis area. After emancipation and before the establishment of Greenwood, the majority of African-Americans in this area did not have a choice of burial location for their deceased family members – due to Jim Crow laws the potters fields and other city-owned cemeteries were the final resting places not only for indigents, but also for people of color no matter what their circumstances or status. Greenwood, with its rural location, park-like setting and 31.85 acres of beautiful well-kept grounds was a welcome change for the small but growing black middle class.  Maintenance at the cemetery seems to have ended in the 1980s, as the cemetery showed a drastic loss in revenue due to decreased burials. In 1993 burials ceased at the cemetery due to deteriorating conditions and eventually vegetation was allowed to grow wild in all of Greenwood’s 31.85 acres, making it an impenetrable wilderness. Due to the many decades of neglect, the situation at Greenwood is grim. Much of the cemetery has been used as a dump site, the roads are impassable, stones have been toppled and buried, and shrubs and trees have now become impenetrable overgrowth. Despite current conditions, this site has potential as a cultural and historical resource. It has enormous potential for education, African-American genealogical research, and could be restored for hiking, biking and other activities.

The Book House
Rock Hill – St. Louis County

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The “Book House,” as it is known by the business that has been located there for the past thirty years, is a center hall Gothic Revival Style house, and was likely constructed in the early 1860s. The property switched hands among early French St. Louis settlers and eventually ended up in the hands of noted Mississippi River Captain George C. Keith, who was most likely the owner at the time that this building was constructed. The style that Captain Keith chose for the home he built on Manchester Road became popular in the early 1800s beginning with the works of Maryland architect Alexander Jackson Davis, who published a design book in 1832 entitled Rural Residences. His guide book featured the romantic, picturesque Gothic Revival houses as the ideal style in which to construct a country house.  American landscape designer, horticulturist and writer Andrew Jackson Downing promoted the Gothic styled house as perfect for the country, with its wide, often double-gabled front and expansive porch. It may be that, if Captain Keith were the house’s first owner, that the style might have also been derived of the “Steamboat Gothic,” which was used for many of the river boats he encountered, with their wrap-around galleries decorated with ornate wood “gingerbread” trim. Buildings in the Gothic Revival Style are quite rare in Missouri and especially in St. Louis County where this building is located, and this is possibly the oldest Gothic Revival style house in St. Louis County.  The owner of the Book House building is entertaining a sale to a developer of the property on which the Book House stands. The developer reportedly wants to build a drive-in self-storage facility. Although neither application for a demolition permit nor plans for the new storage facility have yet been submitted to the City of Rock Hill, the owner has acknowledged that this is his intention and has served the Book House tenants with a notice that their lease will not be renewed and advised them to vacate within ninety days. It is hoped that by calling attention to the House through Missouri Preservation’s Most Endangered Historic Places Program, that the City of Rock Hill might be persuaded to reject the demolition permit and that the owners and developers would consider other real estate development that would preserve this rare and significant example of Gothic Revival architecture in St. Louis County.

Advocacy Needed for Our State Historic Preservation Tax Credit

As the Missouri legislative year draws to a close, the historic tax credit is again on the chopping block. In these final days of the session, it is important that you contact your legislator to let him/her know about the huge economic impact the HTC has had on communities all over the state.

Our friends at the National Trust for Historic Preservation have provided a link to make the process of contacting your legislator very easy. Simply enter your address & postal zip code to be matched up with your legislator.

Click Here to Contact Your Legislator to Preserve the Historic Tax Credit

Statewide Preservation Honor Awards May 7

STATEWIDE PRESERVATION HONOR AWARDS AT THE STATE CAPITOL

Missouri’s Statewide Preservation Honor Awards were presented at the State Capitol on May 7, 2013. We are pleased to recognize some great people and projects in the field of historic preservation throughout the state. See the complete list of honorees below.

THE AWARDS

The Rozier Award

Named in honor of Elizabeth McReynolds Rozier, one of the founding members of Missouri Preservation and a noted Jefferson City Preservationist, the Rozier Award was established to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions in the field of historic preservation in Missouri. This is Missouri Preservation’s most prestigious annual award.

The McReynolds Awards

The McReynolds Awards, also named in honor of Elizabeth McReynolds Rozier, are given annually to individuals or groups who have made significant achievements in the field or are in the midst of a long-term preservation project. The McReynolds awards are among the most important awards given out each year by the organization.

Osmund Overby Award

The Overby Award was established in 2003 to recognize published works that contribute to the documentation and interpretation of Missouri’s architectural history. It honors Dr. Osmund Overby, Art History Professor Emeritus and former head of the historic preservation program at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Dr. Overby is a nationally recognized leader in historic preservation.

The Preserve Missouri Awards

Presented for the first time in 2000, the Preserve Missouri awards recognize outstanding efforts and projects around the state. Suggested categories include, but are not limited to: Commercial Revitalization,  Institutional/Civic Building Restoration, Neighborhood Revitalization, Residential Rehabilitation, Historic Landscape Preservation, Rural Preservation, and Preservationist-in-Action .

THE 2013 HONOREES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

Rozier Award 

Mary M. (Mimi) Stiritz

Clayton, St. Louis County

Teaching classes in art and architectural history at Washington University and Maryville University stirred a deep interest in Missouri architecture that brought Mimi Stiritz to Landmarks Association of St. Louis in 1978.  Through Landmarks St. Louis she began a long and rewarding relationship with Missouri’s Historic Preservation Program, conducting architectural surveys, researching and writing nominations for National Register listings and certification of local districts and single sites in St. Louis, along with giving talks and tours on St. Louis architecture.  Working outside St. Louis as a consultant after 1987 offered opportunities to expand and greatly enrich her knowledge of Missouri history through preparation of National Register nominations for properties in the communities of Washington and New Haven (Franklin County); St. Charles, Augusta (St. Charles County), and in other counties including Atchison, Cape Girardeau, Greene, Jefferson, and Pike. In all Ms. Stiritz has written National Register nominations that include thousands of buildings in 37 districts as well as 66 individual sites.  She authored the book, St. Louis: Historic Churches and Synagogues in 1995, and has authored essays in exhibition catalogs for St. Louis University and the Sheldon Art Galleries in St. Louis. Over the years she has published several articles for the Society of Architectural Historians as well as the Missouri Historical Society. In her home county, she has served on the St. Louis County Historic Buildings Commission since 1997, and also serves on the boards of the Society of Architectural Historians – Missouri Valley Chapter, and St. Louis Architectural Arts Foundation. Since 2007, when she was appointed to the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Mimi has reviewed National Register nominations for historic properties throughout the state. She pursues research on a long-held interest in Missouri’s French heritage as a board member of Les Amis, and the Chatillon-DeMenil House Foundation. A consummate researcher, Mimi is known for exhausting each and every possible resource for information, including the most unlikely of sources.  Unaffected by her many accomplishments, Mimi is well known for great humility among her colleagues and can be found giving freely of her time, talent and materials to help others appreciate historic buildings and their contexts. She continues to publish on a variety of topics delving into Missouri’s great treasury of historic resources.

McReynolds Award

Mary Collette

Springfield, Greene County

Mary Collette is a long-time advocate for the preservation of historic buildings in Springfield and in North Springfield. Serving in numerous volunteer and elected capacities she has been instrumental in supporting community revitalization efforts, using her voice to prevent demolition, revise city ordinances, use strategic planning processes, and obtain access to incentives to help private investors. The combination of local public/private partnerships, comprehensive planning, and individual preservation projects have resulted in the successful revitalization of the Commercial Street Historic District, much of which can be directly attributed to the efforts of Ms. Collette.

McReynolds Award

Amy Heaven

Lexington, Lafayette County

Amy Heaven’s dedication to historic preservation in Lexington shines through her personal and professional life. Beginning in the 1990s and continuing to the present, Ms. Heaven has worked tirelessly to preserve historic places in Lexington through advocacy and hands-on rehabilitation. As a member of Lexington’s City Council, Ms. Heaven helped to draft and pass the city’s first historic preservation ordinance. In addition to completely restoring and renovating five historic houses and commercial buildings, she works with a group to save buildings from the wrecking ball and stabilize them so that others can restore the interiors.  In recent years, Ms. Heaven has nominated three properties to Missouri Preservation’s Most Endangered list. One building has been successfully renovated and fund-raising is in process for the renovation of a second.

McReynolds Award

Kansas City Missouri Public Schools – Repurposing Initiative

Kansas City, Jackson County

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In 2010, Kansas City Public Schools embarked on an ambitious plan to reorganize its physical facilities in an effort to focus financial resources on students. This “rightsizing” process involved closing nearly half of the district’s active schools, consolidating facilities and programs. The KCPS School Board established the Repurposing Initiative to examine the sites, their reuse potential, and redevelopment proposals in a comprehensive and innovative way that would protect the integrity of the surrounding neighborhoods. The Repurposing Initiative paired intense community engagement with assessments developed by a technical team composed of historic preservation consultants, architects, marketing strategists, and discussion facilitators. To date five buildings have been sold, sales contracts have been approved for three additional buildings, and one building has been leased. Redevelopment proposals range from charter schools, to residential housing, to office use, to a community center. The Kansas City Public Schools is recognized for its on-going commitment to securing long-term beneficial and community-supported uses for its former buildings through a comprehensive approach. 

Osmund Overby Award 

The Art of the Missouri Capitol

Bob Priddy & Jeffrey Ball

It is not surprising that a book about art is filled with beautiful photographs and drawings, but Bob Priddy and Jeffrey Ball’s 2011 book The Art of the Missouri Capitol: History in Canvas, Bronze, and Stone does more than catalog the building’s extensive collection of art work. In addition to supplying the historical background for how this magnificent building, the Missouri State Capitol, came into being, it also provides the stories behind the art, including the political maneuverings and historical events that inspired the images. Priddy, the journalist, and Ball, the art historian, have teamed to present a comprehensive evaluation of the sculptures, paintings, and murals that ornament the Capitol while illustrating the story of the state and its people.

Preserve Missouri Award

Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity*

Kansas City, Jackson County

Kansas City Ballet

It took great vision and a leap of faith for the Kansas City Ballet to select the long-abandoned Power House at Union Station for their new home.  The Power House was designed by Jarvis Hunt and completed in 1914 along with the train station next door.  It was a massive industrial building full of boilers, turbines, and coal bunkers set in large open spaces.  In addition to normal weathering, decades of coal-burning had deteriorated the fabric.  The project creatively coupled sensitive preservation of the historic exterior with a stunning transformation of the industrial interior to create dance studios, changing rooms, and offices for the ballet. 

Preserve Missouri Award

A.F. Davis House*

Fayette, Howard County

Braxton and Judy Rethwisch

While the “Before” and “After” photos do not show a dramatic difference in the appearance of the A. F. Davis House, they do emphasize the great lengths to which owners Braxton and Judy Rethwisch went in restoring the grand 1880s Second Empire house. In areas where the slate roof was compromised water damaged interior plaster and exterior brick and mortar. Leaking roofs also damaged the front and side porches. As part of a 2011 rehabilitation project, the Rethwisch’s chose to restore the roof, repair and repoint the exterior brick, and rebuild the porches in a historically appropriate manner. The transformation was subtle, maintaining the important features of the home while improving its ability to shed water and ensuring its long-time survival. 

Preserve Missouri Award 

Antoine Lalumondiere Home

Ste. Genevieve, Ste. Genevieve County

John Karel

The Antoine Lalumondiere Home is a wonderfully intact example of a French Colonial vertical log house. Built circa 1829 by the son of one of St. Genevieve’s first settlers, the one-and-one-half-story house stands along the South Gabouri Creek. Although the house has withstood the effects of nearly 200 years and numerous floods, it was in desperate need of repair in 2011. John Karel purchased the home and immediately embarked on a three-stage project to stabilize the structure, restore/rehabilitate the exterior, and renovate the interior. With the intention of retaining as much historic material as possible, Mr. Karel and his carefully selected team of contractors and consultants restored this important piece of the history of Ste. Genevieve, ensuring it will be around for another 200 years to continue to tell its story about the area’s early settlers.

Preserve Missouri Award

Bismarck Depot

Bismarck, St. Francois County

City of Bismarck & the Bismarck Depot Preservation Committee

In 1917 the St. Louis Iron Mountain and Southern Railway built a depot in Bismarck, Missouri.  It operated as a passenger station until 1971 and as a freight depot until 2002.  After Union Pacific vacated the building, the City of Bismarck purchased it to provide local residents with an opportunity to raise funds for restoration so that the depot could remain a vital part of the community.   Using everything from a MoDOT enhancement grant, to in-kind donations of materials and labor, to monetary gifts, the community has made their vision come true.  Much grit and determination were necessary to restored the station.  Today, the Depot hosts community events, socials, meetings, a small history museum and in November the first City Council meeting.  Amtrak is once again considering the Bismarck Depot as a passenger station stop. 

Preserve Missouri Award

First Presbyterian Church*

La Grange, Lewis County

Robert Moulton-Ely

 Old churches can be difficult buildings to preserve.  How to reuse the large open sanctuary poses a conundrum to many would be owners.  Bob Moulton-Ely had the vision to house the office of his newspaper business in the church, taking advantage of the open floor plan.  With the minimal addition of small restrooms and a kitchenette, the project restored the long abandoned church.  Surviving fragments of finishes were preserved giving the building a unique flavor.  The windows and cornice were restored using archival evidence; original doors were restored; and old brick walls were sensitively repointed.  This project was clearly a labor of love and hopefully the first of many restoration projects to come in La Grange. 

Preserve Missouri Award

Council Plaza Phillips 66 Gas Station*

City of St. Louis

Randy and Jeff Vines Accepting for the St. Louis Preservation Community

The very distinctive flying saucer building on Grand is immediately recognizable to passersby.  Architect Richard Henmi of the St. Louis firm Schwarz & Van Hoefen designed the building in 1967 as a Phillips 66 gas station.  It is an excellent example of the futuristic modernist aesthetic that characterized the mid-century period.  A thin-shell concrete saucer rests on four tapered columns as the center of the structure. Plans to replace the building in 2012 elicited a public uproar.  It was the work of many local preservationists to turn the tide using many different approaches that saved this structure. Modern STL, Michael Allen and Alex Ihnen’s blogs, and the Landmarks Association of St. Louis promoted the issue. Local resident Mike Batchelor started a Facebook page that went viral. Two St. Louis aldermen, Shane Cohn and Scott Ogilvie supported the efforts in local government. Many private citizens rallied around the cause, including local preservationists Paul Hohman, Toby Weiss, Matthew Mourning, Michael Powers, Lindsey Derrington  and the brothers Jeff and Randy Vines, who helped organize public demonstrations to call attention to the proposed demolition. The owner responded by revising his plans to renovate (instead of demolish) the building, with an addition at the rear of the building to preserve its architectural integrity.  Restoration of floor to ceiling windows under the saucer-shaped canopy completed the successful renovation.  The flying saucer building illustrates not only the importance, but the popularity of mid-century vernacular culture to our built environment. 

Preserve Missouri Award

Trenton Senior Apartments*

Trenton, Grundy County

Ryan Hamilton, Cardinal Development

When it was built in 1924, Trenton High School was considered a state-of-the-art educational facility.  Its design embodied the pedagogical ideals and physical features of Progressive Era schools — everything from fireproof construction and a Classical façade to spacious classrooms with large windows.  After the school closed in 2005 it was significantly underutilized.  It operated as an antique mall for a while, but mainly sat empty and deteriorating.  Cardinal Development converted the languishing building into 35 units of affordable housing for seniors, enabling local residents to remain in their community even after they move out of their homes.

 

IS THERE AN ENDANGERED HISTORIC PLACE IN YOUR COMMUNITY?

Help us advocate for its preservation by nominating it to our list of Most Endangered Historic Places. What began as a simple media campaign aimed at calling attention to endangered historic properties in Missouri has grown into a program which continues to try and take an active role in doing whatever we can to help you find a new owner, strategies for redevelopment, sources of potential funding, and avenues to promote endangered resources throughout our state. In many cases, the simple attention that the program brings to our endangered places stirs a call to action. The announcement of our 2013 Most Endangered Places will take place on Tuesday May 21, 2013 at one of the places selected. Click here to download the nomination form. Nominations for the 2013 list of Most Endangered Places must be postmarked on or before April 17, 2013 to be considered.

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SAVED: Top – The AAA Building in St. Louis (Most Endangered 2012) and Bottom – The Katy Bridge in Boonville (Most Endangered 2008)

2013 Missouri Preservation Conference Call for Sessions

2013 PRESERVATION CONFERENCE

CALL FOR SESSIONS

Do you have an idea for a session, presentation, workshop or tour for our upcoming Preservation Conference? We are currently seeking educational session topics and leaders for our 2013 Preservation Conference, to be held in Boonville September 18-20, 2013. Conference session leaders receive free registration for the day of their session. Please click here to download the fill-in form. Session proposals must be postmarked by April 10, 2013.

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CANCELLED: Statewide Preservation Honor Awards – February 27, 2013

OUR STATEWIDE PRESERVATION HONOR AWARDS CEREMONY SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2013

HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER.

THE NEW DATE FOR THE AWARDS CEREMONY IS

TUESDAY MAY 7, 2013

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PRESERVATION CONFERENCE OCTOBER 24-26, 2012

Thanks to our strong group of Missouri Preservationists, we enjoyed one of the most successful Statewide Preservation Conferences ever! The three-day conference was held in University City, Missouri (St. Louis County) October 24-26, 2012. The main conference venue was the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) at 524 Trinity Avenue. The building was originally occupied as the B’nai Amoona Synagogue, which was designed by world-renowned architect Eric Mendelsohn in 1950 as his first American commission.  To see complete coverage and information click here for the story.

 

Missouri’s 2012 Most Endangered Historic Places

MISSOURI’S MOST ENDANGERED HISTORIC PLACES
ANNOUNCED IN ST. JOSEPH
MAY 30, 2012

The Frank L. Sommer House at 914 Main Street in St. Joseph, Locally Known as the “Cracker House”

Missouri Preservation announced its list of Most Endangered Historic Places on Wednesday May 30, 2012 at a press conference held in St. Joseph at The Frank L. Sommer house, which is one of the places named on this list. Others named are listed below, in no particular order. Currently in its twelfth year, the program has sought to bring statewide attention to endangered places through a media campaign and offers support services to the properties on the list. Nominations are received from citizen preservationists throughout the state. This year there was such a large number of new nominations that an entirely new list was presented. Those properties that would have normally been carried over from the previous year are on a “Watched List,” which is also provided below.

 MISSOURI’S 2012 MOST ENDANGERED HISTORIC PLACES

The Frank L. Sommer House (“The Cracker House) – Buchanan County

The AAA Building – The City of Saint Louis

The Lyric Theater –  Phelps County

Barns of Missouri – Statewide

The Pouncey Building –  Jackson County

The Diamonds Restaurant – Franklin County

Kemper Arena – Jackson County

The Charles and Bettie Birthright House – Dunklin County

School Buildings of Missouri – Statewide

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE DESCRIPTIONS OF THE 2012 ENDANGERED PLACES

2012 WATCHED PROPERTIES LIST:

The Jefferson School, Cape Girardeau County

Historic Bridges of Missouri, Statewide Including the Riverside Bridge in Christian County and the Route 66 Bridge in Saint Louis County

Former Missouri State Penitentiary Complex, Cole County

The Wheatley-Provident Hospital Building, Jackson County

Lexington Municipal Auditorium, Lafayette County

Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, Lafayette County

St. Louis Iron Mountain & Southern Railroad Depot, Madison County

The Russell Hotel, Mississippi County

Delmo Community Center, Pemiscot County

Rock Mechanics Laboratory/Former Missouri Trachoma Hospital, Phelps County

CLICK HERE FOR 2011 DESCRIPTIONS, WHICH INCLUDE THESE PLACES

Superior Waterproofing of Saint Louis is the Sponsor of Missouri Preservation’s Most Endangered Places Program.