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Updates: November 2015

2016 Honor Awards

It’s that time of year to start thinking about Missouri Preservation’s annual Honor Awards. Help us recognize someone in your community by nominating them today. Learn more about the Awards HERE.

Fill out a 2016 Honor Awards Nomination Form.

Nominations must be post marked by Monday, December 14, 2015 [REVISED DATE]



2015 Preservation Conference

What a BLAST! We had a great time in Cape Girardeau, MO for our annual Preservation Conference. This year has surpassed the past. We had great weather for our tours, interesting speakers for our presentations, and wonderful volunteers. Thank you to everyone who contributed, supported, and participated in the conference. We can’t wait to see everyone next year in Hannibal!

Learn more about the 2015 Missouri Preservation Conference HERE

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Missouri Historic Preservation Conference 2015(click on image for more photos)

Mark Your Calendar

2016 Missouri Preservation Conference

Hannibal, MO

October 19-21


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The time has come. Thank you for patiently waiting.

2015 Missouri Preservation Conference Website




Conference Registration


The Early Registration deadline has been moved to 10/18/15 by MIDNIGHT!

Please contact us with questions:

(especially if you are having trouble with registration)


*Note: We’ve been notified that governmental agencies are having trouble viewing the conference website.  Please be assured that our security certificate is up to date and it is safe to register online. If you are unable to access our website, please fill out our 2015 Registration Form and email or call  660-882-5946 to register over the phone.


Conference Opportunities 

Sponsorship opportunities still available  

Trade-show opportunities still available.

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2015 Places in Peril

2015 Places in Peril Announcement

Missouri Preservation’s UnHappy Hour, which announced the 2015 Places in Peril, was the place to be on Friday, July 24. More than 120 people tightly squeezed into the Carriage House at Chatillon DeMenil Mansion, located in St. Louis, Missouri, in order to hear this year’s listing.Thank you to everyone who attended the press release reception. Missouri Preservation, along with Missouri’s threatened historic resources, greatly appreciates your support.

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Chatillon DeMenil Mansion and Carriage House (photos courtesy of Chatillon DeMenil Mansion)


Instituted as a media campaign in 2000, the program is aimed at calling attention to endangered statewide historic resources threatened by deterioration, lack of maintenance, insufficient funds, imminent demolition and/or inappropriate development. Formerly known as Most Endangered, this year’s UnHappy Hour celebrated the renaming of the program as ‘Places in Peril’. The re-branding came as a means of highlighting the selected public nominated places because becoming the ‘most endangered’ was not a contest. Once the historic resource is gone, it’s gone forever. By publicizing these places we hope to build support towards each property’s eventual preservation.


Thank you to our 2015 UnHappy Hour Sponsors:

Esley Hamilton

The Carriage House at Chatillon DeMenil Mansion

HBD Construction

The Lawrence Group

Forsyth Engineering


2015 Places in Peril Map

A complete list with photos and descriptions [here]

2015 List of Missouri’s Most Endangered Historic Places: (*re-listed properties)

A. Bend Road Bridge – Pacific, Franklin County

B. Livestock Exchange Building– St. Joseph, Buchanan County

C. Old Calaboose Jail – Elsberry, Lincoln County 

D. The Former Faith-Salem Church (7348 W. Florissant) – Jennings, St. Louis County

E. Old Phillipsburg General Store– Phillipsburg, Laclede County

F. Woodside– Maplewood, St. Louis County

G. 100-118 W. Armour Boulevard– Kansas City, Jackson County

H. John R. Myers House and Barn (180 Dunn Road) – Florissant, St. Louis County

I. Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge – Hazelgreen, Laclede County

J. Superior Well Ticket Office – Excelsior Springs, Clay County

K. The James Clemens House– St. Louis, City of Saint Louis* 

L. Kemper Military School & College Administration Building – Boonville, Cooper County

M. University of Missouri St. Louis Campus Buildings – Bel Nor, St. Louis County*

N. Phillip Kaes House – Sherman (Castlewood State Park), St. Louis County*

O. Greenwood Cemetery– Hillsdale, St. Louis County*


2015 Watched Properties List:*

The Route 66 Bridge – St. Louis, St. Louis County

The Henry Miller House – Bloomfield, Stoddard County

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

Oak Grove Memorial Mausoleum – St. Louis, City of St. Louis   (NEW)

The Diamonds Cafe – Villa Ridge, Franklin County

Wheatley-Provident Hospital– Kansas City, Jackson County

The Kemper Arena – Kansas City, Jackson County

The Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church – Lexington, Lafayette County

2016 Places in Peril

If there is an endangered historic resource in your city or neighborhood and you would like get the word out, consider nominating a place for next year’s 2016 listing.

2016 Places in Peril Nomination

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Ticket sales for the event will end today (7/24/15) at NOON.

You will be able to sign in and purchase tickets at the door.



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For more information check out Places in Peril 

or call 660-882-5946



Radio Radio…


Recently, Missouri Preservation had the honor of spending time with KBIA’s Trevor Harris. KBIA is Mid-Missouri’s public radio station located in Columbia, Missouri. Trevor, a former urban planner, is not only the classical music host but takes turns on the Thinking Out Loud episodes. On a sunny day in April, Trever spent a portion of the day at our office and on a site visit. We discussed historic preservation, our upcoming Places in Peril announcement, and visited Glasgow’s Campbell Chapel AME Church, a former Place in Peril (nee Most Endangered)

Check out this great episode which aired 5/5/15 at 6:30 p.m. on KBIA:

Thinking Out Loud: A Preservation Success Story

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Missouri Preservation Executive Director Bill Hart and Dr. Arthur H. Mattingly, founder of the Historic Preservation Program at SEMO


Missouri Preservation would like to congratulate Executive Director Bill Hart for being awarded the Arthur H. Mattingly Award in Historic Preservation from the Historic Preservation Program at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. The award ceremony, held Saturday, April 25, is part of the Historic Preservation Society’s annual spring banquet. Named after Dr. Arthur H. Mattingly, founder of the Historic Preservation Program at SEMO, the award recognizes an alumnus of the Historic Preservation Program who has been employed in the field with at least five years of professional experience and has demonstrated distinguished professional work that brings credit to Southeast’s historic preservation program and the profession. Great work Bill on your outstanding achievements!!



Bill Hart is among other winners such as:

David Jackson, author, editor and archivist (2003-2004)

Bridgette Epple, Executive Director of Downtown Washington Inc. (2008)

Donna Jean Rausch, administrator of the Felix Valle State Historic Site in Ste. Genevieve, (2014)



  • 2015 Places in Peril nominations have been reviewed and an announcement will be made early summer at an exciting Missouri location. Stay tuned.

  • 2015 Conference nominations for sessions/workshops/tours were due on April 17th. They are being reviewed and selected for the fall conference in Cape Girardeau.

  • Look out for our 2015 Missouri Preservation Conference Save the Dates in the mail.

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2015 Missouri Preservation Conference

 OCTOBER 21-23, 2015



DEADLINE:   11:59pm FRIDAY, APRIL17, 2015

The date for Session/Presentation/Workshop/Tour proposals for our 2015 Preservation Conference is approaching. If you have an idea you would like to suggest or present, please mail or email it to us by tomorrow, Friday April 17th. This year’s conference is in Cape Girardeau from Wednesday to Friday, October 21-23. Conference session leaders receive free registration for the day of their session. Please fill out the form below. 



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email or

mail to 320 First Street, Boonville, MO 65233.

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Places in Peril



UPDATE: Today is the last day to submit your Missouri’s Places in Peril Nomination. Please email to or mail to 320 First Street, Boonville, MO 65233 by 11:59pm




Missouri Preservation Announces its annual Call for Nominations to it’s statewide list of Places in Peril. Is there an endangered historic resource in your city or neighborhood? Consider nominating it for listing. Nominations are due by April 3, 2015 and announcement of Missouri’s 2015 Places in Peril will be made on Tuesday, May 25, 2015.



One of 2012’s ‘Most Endangered’, the Frank L. Sommer House (The Cracker House) – Saint Joseph, Buchanan County

The program:

The first announcement of an endangered properties list in Missouri was made in 2000 and was entitled “Missouri’s Most Endangered Historic Places.” The program 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. In 2015 the Most Endangered Committee at Missouri Preservation re-named the program, “Missouri’s Places in Peril,” having seen the program re-branded in Georgia. A public call for nominations is made each spring and nominations received from Missouri citizens. Nominations are assessed by a committee of Missouri Preservation’s governing board and the announcement of their selections is made at one of the sites chosen to be on the official list, usually during May, which is National Preservation Month.

Statewide Preservation Honor Awards March 4, 2015

Missouri Preservation hosted its annual Statewide Preservation Honor Awards on Wednesday, March 4 in the State Capitol Rotunda at 11:00 a.m.

 Honorees that were  recognized for exemplary achievement in Historic Preservation include the following people and projects:


Rozier Award

Dr. Thomas B. Hall, III

Arrow Rock, Saline County

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Since childhood, Tom Hall has been immersed in the history and preservation of Arrow Rock. He was elected a trustee of the Friends of Arrow Rock in 1984, and became President of that board twenty years later. He is adept at communicating the vision of the organization and the critical role historic preservation has played in saving this unique community. Since 2009 Tom has spearheaded fundraising efforts that raised over $1.1 million, making possible the documentation and restoration of thirteen historic structures in the community. He also secured a challenge grant from the Jeffries Foundation that will rehabilitate four more historic Arrow Rock buildings. Not only is Tom an advocate for the Friends of Arrow Rock, he and his wife own two historic properties in the community that they proudly maintain and share with friends and guests. His tireless passion for history (in general) and this community (in particular) is the force driving his vision to develop Arrow Rock into a premier destination for historic tourism.

Osmund Overby Award

Echoes of School Bells: The History of Jasper County Missouri Rural Schools

 Helen Hunter

Carthage, Jasper County

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As a child, Helen Hunter attended the one-room Cave Spring School in Jasper County, a building she worked as an adult to preserve. When the Jasper County Records Center expressed an interest in writing a book about the county’s rural schools, Helen seized the opportunity. Her comprehensive volume School Bells chronicles the development of public schools in conjunction with the settlement of the county. She describes the historical context as well as the school buildings. Oral histories and class photographs for each county school comprise the bulk of the book, creating an emotional connection to an earlier time period. This chronicle paints a detailed portrait of life in Jasper County from the 1830s through the 1950s and illustrates the central role of the school to rural life.

McReynolds Award

Missouri State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution

Boonville, Cooper County

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The MSSDAR has taken to heart the goal of historic preservation. For over a century, the organization has made significant contributions in this area. The MSSDAR is the owner and steward of two historic properties – Roslyn Heights, a Queen Anne mansion in Boonville, and the Cold Water Cemetery in Florissant, one of the oldest extant sites of internment for settlers west of the Mississippi River. The organization has also been active in marking historic sites, landmarks, trails, and institutions important to Missouri history. These locations include burial sites of Revolutionary War veterans; important stops or posts along the Boone’s Lick Trail; and the Madonna of the Trail monument in Lexington. Their long-standing and on-going record of projects has helped to preserve the rich, early history of Missouri.

McReynolds Award

Penny Pittman

St. Charles, St. Charles County


 Penny Pittman has left an indelible mark on downtown St. Charles. Since 1975 she has acted as owner and developer, rehabilitating over a dozen buildings, spaces that are now occupied by downtown residents, professional offices, and local retail businesses. Her work has restored the historic character to heavily altered commercial facades and interiors on Main Street in the St. Charles Historic Districts. Penny has also been a tireless advocate for preservation in her community, serving as a board member for numerous local preservation and design commissions and associations, as well as on the board of Missouri Preservation. Without Penny’s efforts downtown St. Charles might not have become the historic gem that it is today.

McReynolds Award

Guy Slay

City of St. Louis

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 Developer Guy Slay began the transformation of the blighted Grove neighborhood into a popular revitalized commercial and residential area by “restoring community… one historic building at a time.” His broad vision included funding historic district nominations for residential and commercial sections of the neighborhood that secured access to historic tax credits not only for his projects but for other commercial developers and residential property owners as well. This approach has enhanced Guy’s $2.7 million investment with an additional $4.5 million of redevelopment activity. To date, his eleven rehab projects have spawned another nine, revitalizing the entire Grove commercial district. Having experienced the benefits of historic preservation, Guy has become an advocate for this development approach. He recently funded a video about the “Benefits of the [Missouri] Historic Tax Credit Program” that was produced by the Landmarks Association of St. Louis.  Other St. Louis neighborhoods now turn to Guy for advice on how to save historic buildings in their communities.

Preserve Missouri Award

Freedom Place

City of St. Louis

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This historic 1928 apartment building had been vacant for six years before the Vecino Group embarked on a multi-million dollar rehabilitation project that created 68 affordable housing units for formerly homeless veterans. Storefronts on the first floor, once boarded over, now house offices and service areas for residents. An integral historic parking garage continues to serve its original use. Bright comfortable apartments fill the upper floors. Historically accurate replacement windows fill the gaping window openings that had left the building open to the elements while it was vacant. Beyond the direct benefits to the building’s residents, the project has helped to stabilize surrounding property values. The empty shell is once again full of life and most importantly is an asset to the community.

Preserve Missouri Award

Jacob Price Home, 1413 Lafayette

Lexington, Lafayette County


The restoration of 1413 Lafayette Street was a labor of love for owner Jeff Simpson. Built in 1852 and last occupied in the 1960s, the modest house was in extreme disrepair when Jeff acquired it in 2010. At a Missouri Preservation workshop Jeff received guidance and encouragement to apply for historic tax credits and to complete the rehabilitation in a preservation-minded way. While decades of roof leaks and broken windows had left the plaster and other interior features crumbling, the house had good bones. Jeff restored as much of the original fabric as possible, including original windows, and replicated missing elements, such as the rear porch. Jeff also incorporated features to make the house sustainable for the 21st century. Insulation was added to the attic, and a solar array on the back roof supplies half of the home’s electricity. Sensitive restoration work combined with modern updates preserved the house at 1413 Lafayette Street while preparing it for its next century and a half.

Preserve Missouri Award

Francois Bernier House

Ste. Genevieve, Sainte Genevieve County

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The 1787 Francois Bernier House is a two-story vertical log house, one of only two examples of this exceedingly rare construction method known to exist in Ste. Genevieve. The house sat vacant after a fire in 2010 until Ed and Lauren Moore purchased it in 2013. They began a painstaking rehabilitation, doing most of the work themselves. They removed non-historic finishes, installed all new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, and repaired the original 6/6 windows and the standing seam metal roof.  They were their own toughest critics, making sure that the rare French Colonial structural system was not altered during the rehab. Throughout the project the Moores demonstrated unwavering respect for this unique historic house solidifying their role as its stewards for this generation.

Preserve Missouri Award

Ironton Lodge Hall

Ironton, Iron County


 In the late 19th century, every small town had at least one lodge hall, typically housed on the upper floors of a Main Street building. The fraternal meeting halls are distinctive spaces that can be difficult to adapt without losing the historic feeling of the large open room. Yet, Brian and Emily Parker were able to meet this challenge when they repurposed the 1873 IOOF lodge hall in Ironton. They designated the first two floors for piano instruction and performance, which preserved the volume and key architectural features of the 2nd floor lodge hall. The 3rd floor became a loft apartment for the Parker family. The rehabilitation included repairing the wood windows, repointing masonry, rebuilding the wood cornice and structurally reinforcing the neglected roof and historic staircase. In this small town, their project has brought life back to a key building that had been endangered by neglect.

Preserve Missouri Award

  1. C. Vasterling Building

Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau County

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 It is an understatement to say that Cara Naeger and RJ Clements undertook a dramatic rehabilitation project in downtown Cape Girardeau. The historic stone building was completely obscured in a non-historic stucco shell. Only once this was peeled away could the building be added to the adjacent historic district. After removing the stucco, the stone was cleaned and repaired. Cara and RJ also took care to retain the unique internal gallery that accessed the small historic hotel rooms. These they updated to create comfortable, modern market-rate apartments that appeal to the young professionals in Cape Girardeau. The lower level is shared by a thriving retail business and amenity space for building tenants. The transformation sets a wonderful example of what is possible when you peak behind the non-historic “curtain.”

Preserve Missouri Award

Bancroft School Apartments

Kansas City, Jackson County

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 A diverse group of developers undertook a painstaking $14.3 million rehabilitation of the long-vacant Bancroft Elementary School in Kansas City’s east side Manheim Park neighborhood. The project did an excellent job of incorporating key historic features into the new living units – chalkboard frames, glass-fronted cabinets, and other trim, while the auditorium and gymnasium were retained in their full volume adapted for a variety of community uses. Strong sustainability goals also guided the project, enabling it to achieve LEED Platinum certification. Architect Bob Berkibile equated the Bancroft School project with “urban acupuncture,” whereby a well-placed project leverages exceptional impact and spurs additional community improvements. That vision has come to fruition, as Bancroft School has become the hub of a larger project that includes new multi-family and single-family housing and the creation of public green space designed to rejuvenate the inner city neighborhood while preserving its historic character.

Preserve Missouri Award

Cosby Hotel

Kansas City, Jackson County

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 The 1881 Cosby Hotel is one of the few 19th century commercial buildings left in downtown Kansas City. It was days away from demolition when developers Jason Swords and Lon Booher stepped up with a plan to rehabilitate the building. The first floor commercial space had been unoccupied for several years; the upper floor hotel for almost a half-century. Their first step was to stabilize the structure. This included replacing the roof, repointing masonry, installing windows, and jacking the sagging 2nd and 3rd floors. Incredible historic fabric found during the rehabilitation was restored to give the first floor businesses – a deli and a bakery – not only unique, but dazzling spaces. The upper two floors were transformed into small office suites with shared amenities. The project was challenging in every way imaginable and would not have been possible without incredible support from city and civic leaders. The Cosby Hotel is an incredible gem in the restored fabric of downtown Kansas City.

Preserve Missouri Award

Shakespeare Chateau

St. Joseph, Buchanan County

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The historic 1885 Ogden Mansion is an opulent work of Victorian architecture and a gem of St. Joseph’s gilded age. Owner Isobel McGowan embarked on an epic rehabilitation when she purchased the property in May 2012. Over the past three years she has transformed the former single-family house into a remarkable destination. Her quest has involved updating building systems, repairing plaster, and installing period-appropriate wallpaper; recreating the back porch to reflect the original design; painstakingly stripping paint from woodwork; refinishing floors; adding a catering-quality kitchen; and sensitively remodeling the upper floors. It is always a challenge to find a use that is appropriate to both the scale and economics of a property this large and grand, but Isobel McGowan has done just that with the opening of the Shakespeare Chateau bed and breakfast.

2015 Program

Preservation Updates

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Please RSVP by January 25.

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MoDOT May Eliminate Some Traffic Generator Signage


We have learned that the Missouri Department of Transportation is considering a plan to get rid of some of what are commonly known as “Traffic Generator” signs for cultural attractions and historic sites in Missouri. Under the current plan, only “super” generators, or sites that garner 1 million visitors or more yearly would be allowed to keep the signage, which is usually brown and white and directs highway travelers to the sites throughout Missouri.

We think that this practice if implemented would be unfair to smaller cultural attractions in our smaller towns, which often times struggle to attract cultural heritage tourists, who generate income for local attractions, stores and restaurants.


Forest Park


Thank you for signing our petition opposing the Missouri Department of Transportation’s changes to it’s “traffic generator” signage in Missouri. Thanks to your efforts, we have collected 491 signatures as of this morning on and forwarded the petition on to the Missouri Highway Commission. In a surprise move, MoDOT announced it is dropping its proposal for now. We are providing a link to the story from the Jefferson City News Tribune.