Jefferson City Landmarks
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.
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.
The rough-edged limestone steps at the front door of the Oscar Burch House were carved from the oncefive acres owned by the namesake and his brother Nelson Burch.
Oscar Burch was “one of the most substantial citizens of Jefferson City,” according to “The Illustrated Sketch Book and Directory of Jefferson City and Cole County, 1900.”
Once a place to educate young women in the finer points of knowledge and etiquette, today the Greek Revival-style buildings at 416-420 E. State St. are a reference for those learning about revitalization.
'I always told Mom I would live in this house'
Heiress to the “lumber doctor,” Stacia Mills admired her aunt’s Jefferson City home, while she was growing up across the street.
Busch’s Florist is Jefferson City’s oldest retail business
One hundred years ago, Jefferson City South Side shoppers would buy their long-stemmed flowers after a bit of conversation inside Busch’s Florist.
Designated as Jefferson City Landmark
St. Peter Interparish School in Jefferson City prepares its students for the future with means like its computer lab. But the parochial school’s oldest building, where the lab is, also houses a piece of the community and state’s history.
The white, wrap-around porch of the Landwehr Dairy Farm has been featured in many a family photo. Even owners Eric and Stacy Landwehr had their wedding photos taken there.
From bottled water to bicycles
When Don Meyer opened J&D Bicycle Shop 38 years ago, Jefferson Street was a bustling traffic artery, lined with commercial business.
Probably quite a grand perk to the job of county sheriff in the 1930s, the two-story limestone home was built adjacent to his workplace. The Cole County Sheriff’s House was built equal to other prominent homes of the era, like along Moreau Heights, said jail superintendent Russ Bemboom. And the wives often served as cooks for the Cole County jail.
What might Jefferson City storefront owners or those living in the rooms above have seen in the early 1860s, when the combination building at 111-113 E. High St. is thought to have been built?
Building an enduring legacy
The large sign on Whitton Expressway has come to be a community symbol. And this week, the Cops on Top fundraiser for Special Olympics Missouri showed how the site also has created traditions.
Not very old but unique
Across the downtown skyline, only the Capitol stands taller than the Doubletree Hotel by Hilton — Jefferson City.
As redevelopment of the Missouri State Penitentiary grows in momentum, so the neighborhood surrounding it will see revitalization too.