Council considers downtown Cape Girardeau for historic places registry

State council to determine historic status of downtown Cape Girardeau buildings

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - On Friday, the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation will consider nominations to the National Register of Historic Places.

Two areas in Cape Girardeau were nominated.

The council will hear a presentation on the Dr. Jean Chapman House on North Henderson Ave.

The Chapman House was built in 1963 and nominated as an "excellent local example of contemporary ranch architecture with strong Wrightian influences."

According to the presentation, there has been very little modification from the original design and features, both exterior and interior; therefore, the overall integrity is completely intact.

The council will also consider a boundary increase of the Broadway-Middle Commercial Historic District to include the 600 to 800 blocks of Broadway and 210 N. Ellis Street.

These buildings were constructed between 1868 and 1977.

According to the nomination registration forms, the 50 different areas that make up the district represent the commercial development that occurred in response to wide-spread adoption of the automobile.

While many of the storefronts have altered over time, the majority of buildings retain their original details.

Some of the well-known buildings included in the historic district are: the Star Service Station now home to Stevie's Steakburger, 632 Broadway now known as Last Call and Pete Koch's Sinclair Service Station still in operation today.

The historic preservation will deliberate about 12 commercial, residential, and institutional properties and districts that extend from Cape Girardeau, to St. Louis, to Kansas City.

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