Call for Nominations


Is there an endangered historic place in your neighborhood? The Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation (Missouri Preservation) is currently accepting nominations to our list of endangered historic resources.  Instituted as a media campaign in 2000, this program is aimed at calling attention to endangered historic resources statewide.  Thes resources might be threatened by deterioration, lack of maintenance, insufficient funds, imminent demolition and/or inappropriate development.  Formerly known as our list of Most Endangerd Historic Places, the Program was renamed ‘Places in Peril’ in 2016.

Once historic resources are gone they are gone forever. By publicizing the plight of these places, we hope to build support toward the preservation of each selected property.  Our annual Places in Peril announcement will be held this year on August 25 at the National Building Arts Center in Sauget, Illinois, just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. The Center’s holdings include remnants (and sometimes complete storefronts and interiors) from buildings lost over the years in the St. Louis area. It is a remarkable resource for those studying the history of building and materials. Their holdings include a vast array of cast iron, brick, terra cotta, architectural bronze and other metals, plaster, sgraffito and woodwork. 



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2016 Places in Peril Announcement

2016 Missouri’s Historic Places in Peril

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We had a great time in Kansas City at this year’s Unhappy Hour. The event, which announced to the 2016 Places in Peril list, was held at the Kansas City Museum. Eleven new endangered historic places were named to the list for 2016 and five were carried over from the previous year. To learn more about the event check out the Places in Peril tab and to read more about 2016’s Final List click here.

Know of a site that’s historic and key to Missouri’s heritage yet it’s struggling and needs awareness? Remember to keep us in mind for next year’s listing. Nominate a property today with our 2017 application. The announcement will be made in St. Louis. We will also have sponsorship opportunities available.

2016 Places in Peril

Come join us for our 2016 announcement of Missouri’s Places in Peril. The annual list showcases statewide nominated buildings, bridges, and sites that are threatened by deterioration, lack of maintenance, insufficient funds, imminent demolition and/or inappropriate development. This year’s announcement will be made in Kansas City. Buy your tickets now! 

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 Remember to RSVP by purchasing your tickets ahead of time.

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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

UnHappy Hour

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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