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Hidden Spaces, Secret Places tour shows unseen side of Jefferson City

Hidden Spaces, Secret Places tour shows unseen side of Jefferson City

A look in the shadows

April 24th, 2018 by Philip Joens in News

Sam Bushman, left, chats with Donna Viessman during a previous "Hidden Spaces, Secret Places" tour of downtown Jefferson City loft areas. This loft area is at 130 E. High St.

Photo by Gerry Tritz

City leaders will spotlight some of Jefferson City's best vacant buildings in early May.

The annual Hidden Spaces, Secret Places tour will take community members and developers on a tour of several vacant buildings and spaces from 1-4 p.m. May 6 in the downtown Jefferson City area.

Some of the featured buildings will be as far east as the 700 block of East High Street and the 100 block of Lafayette Street.

The Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Association and the Historic City of Jefferson will partner to host the event.

Downtown Association President Crystal Tellman said the event will show community members buildings they might be able to renovate and locate their businesses in.

"The goal is to show off spaces that people may not know about in various states of renovation," Tellman said.

Since its creation in 2008, Hidden Spaces, Secret Places has showcased buildings like an old nightclub at 2425 Industrial Drive, The Millbottom at 400 W. Main St. and the Merchant's Bank Building at 103 E. High St. All of those properties eventually were redeveloped after being shown on the tour.

Tickets for the tour cost $5 and can be purchased at Carrie's Hallmark Shop, Central Bank, Samuel's Tuxedos and Hawthorn Bank. Day-of event tickets can be purchased at tents set up at the corners of High and Jefferson streets and Capitol Avenue and Lafayette Street. Landlords for most of the buildings will be on the tour to answer questions.

About 400 people attended the event last year, and Tellman hopes for a similar turnout this year. Attendees can ride trolleys or walk to the tour sites.

Those choosing to walk will be taken through neighborhoods participating in Porchfest, a separate event scheduled May 6, where several bands will play music on porches in neighborhoods along the 500-700 blocks of Capitol Avenue in Jefferson City. While the events are separate, Tellman hopes both will attract people to each other.

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