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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.

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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.


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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 change.org 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.


Honor Awards Call for Nominations

Missouri Preservation’s Statewide Preservation Honor Awards seek to recognize the work of Missouri citizens and projects that have made significant contributions to the field of historic preservation. About a dozen awards are presented in the State Capitol Rotunda in Jefferson City in the Spring of each year. The categories range from individual projects, to long-term activities, to published works and lifetime achievements in preservation.

Has there been an exemplary person, project or publication in your corner of Missouri that deserves to be recognized? Nominate them by November 14.

Download the nomination form by clicking here.

Email nominations to Preservemo10@yahoo.com


Mail them to: 320 First Street, Boonville, MO 65233

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Above: Highland Place in Kansas City, 2014 Preservation Honor Award Winner


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 was 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.


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The 2014 Missouri Preservation Conference, held at the Elms Hotel & Spa in beautiful Excelsior Springs, was a resounding success. During our three days of educational sessions, workshops and tours, over 200 people enjoyed the camaraderie of preservation friends from all over Missouri and visitors from around the country.  Below are photos highlighting a few of the many opportunities that were available to conference attendees during their stay.

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Above: Missouri Preservation’s banner at the entrance to Elms Boulevard, leading to the Conference hotel. (Kevin Morgan Photo)
Below: Legal and accounting issues are examined during the Historic Building Development Workshop held on Monday October 6.

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Above: Conference exhibitors (from left) Jeff Mugg from St. Louis Design Alliance, Christina Clagett from Save the Missouri Historic Tax Credit and Catherine Jones of Missouri Brownfields enjoying good company.
Below: Exhibitors & Sponsors (from left) Julia Mathias Manglitz (Treanor Architects) Kirk Matchell (Structural Engineering Associates) and Julie Cawby (Foutch Brothers) at the Monday night reception.
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Above: (from left) Tracy Perotti (Brambila Architects) Missouri Preservation’s Administrator Katie Graebe and Wende Wagner and Mary Ellen Lohman from the State Historical Society of Missouri enjoy the reception sponsored by Enhanced Historic Credit Partners

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Above Left: Barbara Wyatt from the National Park Service talks about special topics in the National Register of Historic Places and right, Conference attendees attend a reception at the Hall of Waters, an awesome Art Deco WPA building constructed to promote the town’s many mineral springs.
(Kevin Morgan Photos)



AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, Husch Blackwell, Karen Bode Baxter, Marsh & Company, Novogradac & Company, Rosin Preservation, St. Louis/Kansas City Equity Fund, St. Louis Chapter Society of Architectural Historians

Brown Smith Wallace, Commerce Bank, Debbie Sheals, Forsyth Engineering, Foutch Brothers, Huebert Builders, Melman Alton & company, Quaker Windows & Doors, R.G. Ross Construction, RubinBrown, Ward Architecture, Wollenberg Building Conservation
Our Exhibitors:
Structural Engineering Associates, Cathedral Stone Products, Stark Wilson Duncan Architects, Missouri Brownfields Program, Mid-Continental Restoration, Missouri Main Street Connection, Quaker WIndows & Doors, the State Historical Society of Missouri, Rivertown Windows 



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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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 .


Nominations Sought for Missouri’s Places in Peril

Is there an endangered historic place in your town or neighborhood?

Consider nominating it to Missouri’s list of Places in Peril. This media campaign is aimed at calling attention to threatened historic places throughout Missouri. Find the nomination form on our Places in Peril tab.

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Click here to view the conference brochure and session information

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


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


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

Main Camp

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


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


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


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 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 .


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

Kansas City Public Schools

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.



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.


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



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





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