Historic Preservation Council to consider nominations for National Register Feb. 13

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Volume 37-035 For Immediate Release: Feb. 2, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, --The Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation will consider nominations to the National Register of Historic Places during its quarterly meeting Feb. 13 in Jefferson City. The meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 9 a.m. in the La Charrette conference room of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Lewis and Clark State Office Building, 1101 Riverside Drive.

Fifteen nominations are scheduled to be considered for listing in the National Register. Properties on the agenda include historic residences, commercial buildings and historic districts. Approximately 1,000 historic resources are represented in the nominations.

The following two properties in Cape Girardeau are being considered:

Cape Girardeau's rich German heritage can be seen in the Julius Vasterling Building at 633 Broadway.  Constructed in c. 1860, the commercial building displays architectural features characteristic of Missouri-German buildings.  Typical Missouri-German building techniques seen in the building include its side gable metal roof, brick construction and use of heavy stone lentils over the doors and windows.   The Julius Vasterling family lived in the upper story of the building and ran a dry goods store out of the western storefront.  A relative ran a saloon out of the central retail space.  The Vasterlings operated a business from the building until c. 1910, and owned the building until 1926.

Cape Girardeau constructed its first public school in 1872 and its first for African American students in 1890.  Growth in population and the development of residential neighborhoods in the city's south ward in the early 1900s resulted in the construction of the Jefferson School, at 731 Jefferson Street. The two-story school building, with a prominent central tower, opened in 1904 with three teachers and six grades.  The number of teachers quickly expanded and by the following year, there was a teacher for each grade and between 25 and 35 students per class.  After a fire severely damaged Cobb School, where African-American students attended, Jefferson School became home to 108 Cobb School students for the 1954 school year.  With the desegregation of the school system, Jefferson School closed and was converted to residential use.

Other properties that are being considered follow:

In addition to nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, the council will receive status reports on programs provided by the State Historic Preservation Office and discuss business related to its own function and duties. 

The Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is a 12-member group of historians, architects, archaeologists and citizens with an interest in historic preservation. The council is appointed by the governor and works with the Department of Natural Resources' State Historic Preservation Office, which administers the National Register program for Missouri. The council meets quarterly to review Missouri property nominations to the National Register, the nation's honor roll of historic properties. Approved nominations are forwarded to the Keeper of the National Register in Washington, D.C., for final approval.

For more information about the Feb. 13 meeting or the council, call the State Historic Preservation Office at 573-751-7858 or the department toll free at 800-334-6946.