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Old Town Cape submits application to expand historic district

Old Town Cape, in collaboration with the Historic Preservation Program in the Department of History at Southeast Missouri State University, has submitted a boundary increase of Cape Girardeau’s downtown Broadway-Middle Commercial Historic District.

The application, which would add the 600, 700, and 800 blocks of Broadway, was completed by Historic Preservation student and Old Town Cape’s Special Projects Intern, Jennifer Baker with the assistance of Dr. Steven Hoffman, Professor of History and Coordinator of the Historic Preservation Department.

The application hopes to extend the period of significance to include resources related to automobile transportation, including several historic service stations and parking garages, as well as examples of modern architecture, such as the AT&T building.

The application was completed in late July and has been submitted to the State Historic Preservation Office for review.

It will likely require several revisions before being accepted by the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation for listing in the National Register.

Two of Broadway’s last remaining residential structures, a Queen Anne style house located at 605 Broadway and a Missouri German Vernacular at 626 Broadway, are included in the nomination.

By incorporating the 600, 700, and 800 blocks of Broadway into the Broadway-Middle Commercial Historic District, the historic district will become a consecutive corridor stretching from Pacific Street through Lorimer Street.

For more information regarding the National Register or to learn more about Cape Girardeau’s current listings please visit: http://www.nps.gov/nr/ or http://dnr.mo.gov/shpo/capegirardeau.htm.

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