Historic Preservation Council to consider nominations for National Register One Nominee in Kirksville

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Volume 37-133 For Immediate Release: May 14, 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 May 15 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.

Fourteen nominations are scheduled to be considered for listing in the National Register. Properties on the agenda include historic residences, commercial buildings, bridges and historic districts. In total, the nominations represent approximately 341 historic structures.

The following property in Kirksville is being considered:

Travelers Hotel opened in 1924 and provided first class accommodations to the college town and regional commercial community. Located on West Washington southwest of the courthouse and next to the rail line, it soon became the center for community activities and celebrations. Though the town had several downtown hotels by the 1920s, none were as large or provided the luxury accommodations offered by Travelers Hotel. In addition to 90 guestrooms, most with private baths, the fireproof hotel offered a large ball room, restaurants, and several commercial spaces and offices. It has had several owners in its history, including a Bible college that used part of the building as a dormitory while continuing to provide hotel accommodations. The hotel closed its doors in 2007.

Other properties located throughout the state that are being considered include:

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 May 15 meeting or the council, call the State Historic Preservation Office at 573-751-7858 or the Department toll free at 800-361-4827.