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Panel supports Landmark Award for Dewey House

by Cameron Gerber | March 16, 2023 at 4:01 a.m.
The Jefferson City Historic Preservation Commission has honored homes and businesses with the Landmark Awards since 1993 to encourage rehabilitation of local historic structures.

The Dewey House at 1431 Green Berry Road is moving forward through the Landmark Award process thanks to the go-ahead of the Jefferson City Historic Preservation Commission.

Landmark Awards are based on cultural, historic or architectural significance, historic and present use, location and architectural integrity. The awards designate buildings and structures as historic landmarks.

The Dewey House was officially entered into the National Register of Historic Places last March.

Charles Dewey built the house while working as an insurance salesman and farmer, according to previous reporting. He served on the Boy Scout Council and was involved in the development of Camp Maries. He also spent 12 years as secretary of the Cole County Committee and served as the official reporter of the Missouri State Senate.

The home changed hands several times, but the current owners purchased it in 1997, according to previous reporting.

The commission expressed its enthusiastic support for the move during this week's meeting and voted to send it on for further consideration.

"It's all positive; we're excited," commission chairman Alan Wheat said. "It's unanimous, and now it's headed toward the City Council."

If the council approves the application, the property would be recognized during the city's Preservation Week in May.

The commission also discussed an invitation from the U.S. Department of Energy to weigh in on the Grain Belt Express, a controversial interstate renewable energy transmission line seeking to add a connector that would stretch across Callaway and Audrain counties. The project has drawn disdain from landowners along the project line, but the expansion is awaiting the approval of the Missouri Public Service Commission.

The invitation offered the city the opportunity to serve as a consulting party in the ongoing discussion, which would allow the city to be informed of the review process and to provide input on the potential environmental impacts of the project.

The commission did not take action on the invitation, but Wheat said it wasn't a large concern this far away from the project.

"Does not really affect Jefferson City, and that's really what we told them: If it comes within five miles, please let us know for consulting again, that they're really there to report on it for us," he said. "I believe they sent it out probably to everyone in the state of Missouri within its radius, but there's nothing really there for us."

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