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Moreau Drive Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places

The Moreau Drive Historic District, including Moreau Drive, Fairmount Boulevard, Oakwood Avenue, Fairmount Court, Vineyard Square, Elmerine Avenue, 1100 block of Lee Street, and 1200-1300 block of Moreland Avenue, in Jefferson City has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The neighborhood qualified for listing under two criteria areas- community planning and development and architecture.

In the area of architecture, city officials said the neighborhood represents a significant and intact cross-section of single-family architectural styles and property types which together create a uniform and coherent neighborhood. Several of Jefferson City's most significant examples of early 20th century styles and types are located within the district boundaries.

The district is also significant in the area of community planning and development because the core of the historic district, in the Wagner Place and Fairmount Place plats, are Jefferson City's first 'residence parks,' or planned suburbs based on designs by one of the nation's most significant early 20th century landscape architecture firms, Hare & Hare of Kansas City. These places are characterized by winding streets, which follow and take advantage of natural topography. Mandated setback lines are built into the plats, and lots are generally wide. Outside of these seminal plats, the streets included in the historic district are from the same general period and follow similar principles.

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.

To view the complete Moreau Drive Historic District National Register nomination, see www.nps.gov/history/nr/feature/places/pdfs/13000907.pdf.

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