Missouri Preservation began issuing a list of the state’s most endangered historic places in 2000 and was instituted as a media campaign aimed at calling attention to endangered historic resources throughout Missouri, serving as a call to action, or “last call” for historic resources named on the list.
The group is asking Missouri citizens to send them nominations, which will then be reviewed and ranked by a committee of Missouri Preservation’s governing board. The announcement of the top ten will be made at one of the sites selected for listing during May, which is National Preservation Month.
“The reasons that a property might be endangered are many, including fire, neglect, abandonment, development pressures, or insensitive proposed alterations,” the group says. “Properties do not need to be listed on any national, state or local list of recognized historic places to be considered for listing. Many sites have been placed on the list of Most Endangered Historic Places during the past thirteen years, and as a result, many historic sites in Missouri have been saved including the Katy Bridge in Boonville and Riverside Bridge in Ozark, the Janssen Place Gates in Kansas City, the AAA Building in St. Louis, the Lyric Theater building in Newburg, the “Castle House” in Poplar Bluff, the Banneker School in Parkville, and the Rotunda in Hermann.”
Nominations are due by March 14. Nomination forms are available on Missouri Preservation’s website (www.preservemo.org), or you may call them at (314) 691.1941.