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Jefferson City Landmarks

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Shoe factory helped make JC top manufacturing city in state in 1909

The shoe industry was a big money maker in Jefferson City, especially during the era of prison labor. The International Shoe Building at 1101 E. Capitol Ave. was one of several industries built apart from the controversial inmate labor pool.

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Former mercantile finds new life as restaurant

At the turn of the 20th century, Peter Kaullen was proud of opening his mercantile at 900 E. High St. At the turn of the 21st century, Juanita Donehue was determined to restore that three-story, German vernacular as home to her restaurant.

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The wages of prison labor

Landmark home belonged to Lester Parker, whose expert use of inmate labor eventually made him head of prison industries

Lester S. Parker was Missouri's first superintendent of prison-based industry. But he may better be remembered for his artistic works and service through First Baptist Church.

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Railroad depot connected state, people

The opulence of the Missouri Pacific Railroad station greeted guests and newcomers to Jefferson City at the turn of the 20th century.

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Historic Millbottom building withstands the test of time

Designated as Jefferson City Landmark

Jefferson City's Millbottom was “one of the most interesting, multi-dimensional historical neighborhoods,” said author and historian Gary Kremer.

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Cliff Manor is a trip back in time

Designated a Jefferson City landmark

The backyard view of the Missouri River from the Cliff Manor Bed and Breakfast is as beautiful for today’s guests as it was advantageous for the Union soldiers who occupied the site as Fort College Hill during the Civil War.

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Former Moreau Heights school building has ‘always been a service to the community’

Designated a Jefferson City landmark

In 1913, Jefferson City voters passed the largest bond proposal yet to expand the high school on Hobo Hill and to build two new grade schools, including Moreau Heights. The city Landmark today houses the Moreau Montessori School.

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The Stone House: Landmark believed a gatehouse for Civil War fort

The unique “cotton rock” limestone of Mid-Missouri was used to construct many of the earliest buildings in Jefferson City. Prussian-born immigrant Bernard Eveler constructed a duplex at the corner of West Main and Clay streets entirely with this uneven medium between 1854-60.

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A model middle-class home chosen as landmark

In Jefferson City

The model of a middle-class home in the first half of the 20th century, 718 E. Capitol Ave. was recognized as a City Landmark in May. The Watts Home is named for Hampton and Cornelia Watts, who had the home built in the early 1920s.

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Burch House earns May Golden Hammer award

Also designated a Jefferson City landmark

One of the oldest homes remaining in the Old Munichburg neighborhood, the Nelson and Gertrude Burch House has received much attention this year. The Historic City of Jefferson awards the owners’ rehabilitation efforts with the May Golden Hammer.

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Art Deco apartments serve as reminder of longtime Jefferson City business family

George Tergin loved the Capital City and its downtown, so much so that he built his home within two blocks of the statehouse. A century later, his grandchildren continue to operate a downtown Jefferson City business.

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Landmark church has been on leading edge of social issues

‘Diversity is part of our DNA’

Social development in Jefferson City has been influenced by the presence of the Episcopalian church. As early as the 1840s, the local congregation offered a ministry to convicts at the State Penitentiary.

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Villa retains original charm

Home built in 1925 offers period light fixtures, floors, crown molding and even fire extinguisher

The unique, arched entry to The Villa with double wooden doors, ornate hinges and stained glass windows put 1025 Adams St. in local artist Mary Ann Hall’s “Grand Entrances” work a few years ago.

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House on Rich Man’s Hill

Porth House is one of the few Jefferson City homes that date before the Civil War

The intersection of Bolivar and Main streets in Jefferson City has been a bustling commercial district for going on two centuries. William Porth's home was built on the tall hill which greeted travelers crossing the Missouri River bridge in the 1800s.

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Historical society building has history all its own

Reconstruction and repurposing could sum up the lasting contributions made by Missouri’s 20th governor, Benjamin Gratz Brown. In addition to involvement in construction of the Governor's Mansion, Brown had 3 row houses built across the street, a portion of which now houses the Cole County Historical Society.

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