Missouri Preservation Awards honorees come from Ste. Genevieve, St. Francois counties


The 2013 Missouri Preservation Honor Awards Ceremony will be held at the State Capitol Rotunda in Jefferson City on Wednesday, February 27, 2013. 
Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder will deliver the keynote address to historic preservationists from all parts of the state who gather to honor the individuals and groups that will receive one of a dozen awards for outstanding contributions to historic preservation in Missouri.
The Preserve Missouri Award recognizes outstanding projects in various areas of preservation including commercial and residential rehabilitation, neighborhood revitalization, and landscape protection. 
Two of the projects to be honored this year come from Ste. Genevieve County and St. Francois County:  Antoine Lalumondiere Home (Ste. Genevieve, Ste. Genevieve County), and Bismarck Depot (Bismarck, St. Francois County),
The Antoine Lalumondiere Home is a wonderfully intact example of a French Colonial vertical log house.
Built circa 1829 by the son of one of St. Genevieve's first settlers, the one-and-one-half-story house stands along the South Gabouri Creek.
Although the house has withstood the effects of nearly 200 years and numerous floods, it was in desperate need of repair in 2011.
John Karel purchased the home and immediately embarked on a three-stage project to stabilize the structure, restore/rehabilitate the exterior, and renovate the interior.
With the intention of retaining as much historic material as possible, Mr. Karel and his carefully selected team of contractors and consultants restored this important piece of the history of Ste. Genevieve, ensuring it will be around for another 200 years to continue to tell its story about the area's early settlers.
In 1917 the St. Louis Iron Mountain and Southern Railway built a depot in Bismarck, Missouri. 
It operated as a passenger station until 1971 and as a freight depot until 2002. 
After Union Pacific vacated the building, the City of Bismarck purchased it to provide local residents with an opportunity to raise funds for restoration so that the depot could remain a vital part of the community.  
Using everything from a MoDOT enhancement grant, to in-kind donations of materials and labor, to monetary gifts, the community has made their vision come true.  
Today, the Depot hosts community events, socials, meetings, a small history museum and in November the first City Council meeting. 
Amtrak is once again considering the Bismarck Depot as a passenger station stop.
Missouri Preservation, the state's only statewide not-for-profit preservation organization.
It is dedicated to coordinating, promoting and supporting historic preservation activities throughout Missouri in small towns, rural communities, as well as urban centers. 
Each year, Missouri Preservation requests nominations for individuals, groups and organizations that have contributed to the preservation of Missouri's rich and diverse collection of historic resources. 
From these nominations, a select few are chosen by Missouri Preservation and honored by their state legislators and the preservation community at the annual Preservation Honor Awards Ceremony.
For more information visit www.preservemo.org

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