Six buildings designated Landmarks

Young artists, writers honored for works

Family homes, an original fixture to a neighborhood business district, correctional facilities and a Works Projects Administration project have been included in the city’s list of local historic Landmarks.

On Thursday, the Historic Preservation Commission along with the Historic City of Jefferson presented their annual awards in celebration of May as Historic Preservation Month.

The city commission raised the number of local Landmarks to 87 by including the Dr. Robert E. Young Home, 516 E. Capitol Ave.; Joseph and Elizabeth Wallendorf House, 701 S. Country Club Drive; the Nieghorn House, 120-122 E. Dunklin St.; the Cole County Jail - Sheriff’s House, 301 E. High St.; Housing Unit No. 1/ H-Hall, 115 N. Lafayette St.; and Washington Park Shelter House, 1203 Missouri Blvd.

The Young home was built in the 1870s for a prominent local physician, who also was physician at the Missouri State Penitentiary, the first president of the Medical Society of Central Missouri and the Cole County Medical Society, a city alderman, a school commissioner and a Lincoln Institute regent. The building now is the offices for the Missouri Association of Counties.

The double dogtrot-style Wallendorf House was reassembled at the Missouri Farm Bureau headquarters from its original Frog Hollow location, where Confederate Gen. Sterling Price was reported to have stayed before turning back from a planned raid on the Capitol in 1864. The cabin nearly is ready to be open to the public on a reservation basis, said Dan Cassidy, chief administrative officer.

The Neighorn House was the first documented commercial building in the 100 block of Dunklin Street and is the centerpiece of the recent renovations by Dunklin Street Properties. Co-owner Larry Kolb said he hopes this historic rehabilitation will encourage other neighborhoods to do the same.

The Cole County Jail-Sheriff’s House is one of the few remaining examples of the combined functional use from a bygone era. It was built in 1936 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

Two years ago, when the red brick building was removed from the end of Lafayette Street at State Street at the Missouri State Penitentiary, most citizens got their first look at Housing Unit No. 1 or H Hall. Now the extension of Lafayette Street to a Missouri River view, funded by county and city sales tax, will allow citizens a closer look at this ornate entrance opposite the new federal courthouse.

And the Washington Park Shelter, currently home to the Capital Arts Gallery, was built as a Work Projects Administration project in the early 1940s. Other remnants remain in the park. But this restoration will allow the building to serve the public for years to come, said Bill Lockwood, director of the city’s Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department.

The Historic City of Jefferson recognized the following winners in its Heritage Essay and Art contests.

In the Heritage Essay Contest, winners were: first place, Ray Schneider for “The Library Forged From Steel: The Carnegie Library;” second place, Peter Hanson for “The House at 100 Madison;” third place, Ian Murphy for “One Hundred Years of History: First Christian Church;” and fourth place, Johnny Bakewell for “Cornerstone of a Red Brick Building: Grace Episcopal Church.”

In the Heritage Art Contest, ninth-12th grade division winners were: first place, Ashleigh Talbert for “Cole County Courthouse” in ink and ink wash; second place, Alex Eickhoff for “Missouri State Capitol” in pencil; third place, Alexa Beck for “St. Peter Church” in pencil-graphite; and honorable mention, Patrick Mahoney for “First Christian Church” in pencil.

And in the Heritage Art Contest, sixth-eighth grade division, winners were: first place, Elizabeth Gernander for “The Marmaduke House” in watercolor; second place, Chloe Bagnull for “315 E. Dunklin Extension” in water color; third place, Sam Goeke for “The Capitol of the State of Missouri” in pencil; and honorable mention, Kylie Claypool for “Busch’s Florist” in water color.

The Heritage Art Contest winners will be displayed at the Capital Arts Gallery through July 8. And the Heritage Essay Contest winners will be posted at

The commission also honored Walter Schroeder with the Gregory Stockard Distinguished Service Award.

Councilman Rich Koon accepted the award and read remarks on Schroeder’s behalf.

“Many people mistakenly think that by collecting names, dates, photos and other information about the past they are ‘doing history,’” Schroeder said. “But ‘history’ is not the same as the ‘past.’

“History is really the stories we compose about the past — it is our interpretation of it.”


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