Historic Preservation Missouri

Missouri’s Most Endangered Historic Places Announced

Missouri Preservation announced its List of Most Endangered Historic Places for 2011 on Tuesday, June 7, 2011. The slate of endangered sites was unveiled at a Missouri Preservation Press Conference, held at the Oak Grove Mausoleum St. Louis County, which itself is on the 2011 List of Most Endangered Historic Places.

Hodgen School in St. Louis' Gate District neighborhood, nominated to the statewide endangered list by PRO's Michael Allen and Lindsey Derrington.

The Most Endangered Historic Places, one of Missouri Preservation’s most visible programs, calls much needed attention to threatened historic resources throughout the state. The Most Endangered Program annually highlights historic resources that are “at risk.” 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.

Missouri Preservation Board President Karen Bode Baxter, Penny Pitman, Chairperson of the Missouri Preservation’s Most Endangered Historic Places Committee and Bill Hart, Missouri Preservation’s Field Representative made the announcement.

Nine listings representing eleven buildings and structures were held over from the 2010 List, as they are still considered endangered and continue to need support to save them from deterioration or destruction. Six historic places are new to the 2011 list, including the Williams-Gierth House in Poplar Bluff, the Jefferson School in Cape Girardeau, the William P. Thompson House in the Trenton vicinity, the Delmo Community Center in Homestown, the Hodgen School Building in St. Louis City, and the Oak Grove Mausoleum and Chapel in St. Louis County. More detailed information about all endangered historic places is available here.The 2011 List of Missouri’s Most Endangered Historic Places is as follows:

1. Williams-Gierth House (“The Castle House”), Butler County
2. The Jefferson School, Cape Girardeau County
3. Historic Bridges of Missouri, Statewide
(Riverside Bridge, Christian County)
(Route 66 Bridge, St. Louis County)
4. Former Missouri State Penitentiary Complex, Cole County
5. The William P. Thompson House, Grundy County
6. The Wheatley-Provident Hospital Building, Jackson County
7. Lexington Municipal Auditorium, Lafayette County
8. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, Lafayette County
9. St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railroad Depot, Madison County
10. The Russell Hotel, Mississippi County
11. Delmo Community Center, Pemiscot County
12. Rock Mechanics Laboratory/Former Missouri Trauchoma Hospital, Phelps County
13. The Hodgen School Building, St. Louis City
14. The James Collier Marshall Home and The Rock Hill Presbyterian Church, St. Louis County
15. The Oak Hill Mausoleum & Chapel, St. Louis County

On the 2011 Watched Properties List:

African-American Schools Across Missouri, Statewide
(Banneker School in Platte County)
(Lincoln School of Vandalia/Audrain County)

Maestas Plastering is the Sponsor for the 2011 Most Endangered Historic Places Program.