Work of historic-preservation advocates honored

Dick and Mary Ann Caplinger receive the Gregory Stockard Distinguished Service Award at the 2011 Local Landmark Designation Awards ceremony at City Hall, presented by Mayor Eric Struemph and Cathy Bordner, the chairman of the Historic Preservation Commission for Jefferson City.

Dick and Mary Ann Caplinger receive the Gregory Stockard Distinguished Service Award at the 2011 Local Landmark Designation Awards ceremony at City Hall, presented by Mayor Eric Struemph and Cathy Bordner, the chairman of the Historic Preservation Commission for Jefferson City. Photo by Deborah Cote.

Pioneers of downtown revitalization were honored Thursday with the Gregory Stockard Distinguished Service Award by the city’s Historic Preservation Commission.

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Dick and Mary Ann Caplinger used historic preservation tax credits to complete a historic restoration project of their retail store in the 1970s and 1980s. Dick also assisted with a building project at First Presbyterian Church, which retained the neighborhood’s architectural character.

Mary Ann researched the building’s history and rediscovered 1884 pictures to help guide the project. She also served as one of eight people to craft the city’s first preservation ordinance and then served on the first Historic Preservation Commission.

The current commission also added four local buildings to the list of City Landmarks.

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