Historic Preservation Council to consider nominations for National Register Feb. 13th

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-037 For Immediate Release: Feb. 2, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, --The Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation will consider nominations to the National Register of Historic Places during its quarterly meeting Feb. 13 in Jefferson City. The meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 9 a.m. in the La Charrette conference room of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Lewis and Clark State Office Building, 1101 Riverside Drive.

Fifteen nominations are scheduled to be considered for listing in the National Register. Properties on the agenda include historic residences, commercial buildings and historic districts. Approximately 1,000 historic resources are represented in the nominations.

The following five properties in Kansas City are being considered:

The Bryson R. Jones House at 1045 W. 56th Street in Kansas City, Jackson County, is an example of the Colonial Revival style. The house and the contributing garage is within the Country Club District, a neighborhood designed in 1909 as a fashionable residential area for the affluent in close proximity to the Kansas City Country Club. The Jones house was built as part of this neighborhood in 1910 for the prosperous businessman Bryson Jones and his family. The property was designed by the architectural firm Root and Siemens in the Colonial Revival style. This style was a popular choice for the wealthy in the early part of the 20th century. The attraction to the style was most likely because it was both practical and displayed a sense of grandeur. The two-and-one-half-story Jones house retains many of its historic features and details and continues to represent the style and affluence of the Country Club District.

The Nelle E. Peters Troost Avenue Historic District in Kansas City consists of the remaining six of what had been eight apartment buildings designed by Nelle Peters in the 2700 block of Troost in 1923.  Five of the buildings constitute the Spanish Court Apartments, a so-called court group arranged around a parklike central area, and the sixth building stands alone as the Gerre Apartments.  All are three-story walkups nominated under the "Working-Class and Middle-Income Apartment Buildings in Kansas City, Missouri," multiple property cover document.  Peters was a prolific female architect in a field dominated by males.  While these examples are not as spectacular as her best work, they nonetheless are representative of her legacy in Kansas City.  The buildings display elements of Spanish Revival and Prairie architecture.

Designed in 1928 by Alonzo H. Gentry, the Villa Serena Apartment Hotel at 325 Ward Parkway in Kansas City, Jackson County, is an example of the Italian Renaissance Revival style. The Villa Serena was built as a luxury high-rise apartment building to serve as a residential property for the newly developed Country Club Plaza shopping district.  The use of the opulent Italian Renaissance Revival style reflected the up-scale character of the new business district. Relatively few changes have occurred on the exterior of this property. The intricate detailing around the door and upper floors still exhibit the grandeur that was meant to attract Kansas City's affluent.

Part of a cluster of working-class hotels constructed along Main and 19th streets in Kansas City, the Hotel Otten opened for business in 1918. The hotel, located at 2018-2020 Main Street, took advantage of the construction of Union Station in 1918, offering a convenient, comfortable and efficient place of lodging within walking distance of the city's freight district and train station.  Local architectural firm Owen and Payson designed the building for owners Sharon and Bump Realty Co.  The hotel, later known as Motor Inn Hotel, operated under several owners until 1992 when it was converted to retail and office space.

The Pennbrooke Apartments at 604 W. 10th Street in Kansas City, Jackson County, are being nominated as part of the National Register Multiple Property Document, "Working-Class & Middle-Income Apartment Buildings in Kansas City, Missouri."  This multiple property document includes multi-family housing constructed between 1885 and 1959 that would appeal in size and affordability to the working classes.  The Pennbrooke Apartments are just such a property. Built in 1926 as a purpose-built low-rise apartment, the property offered a variation of rooms and suites, each with a private kitchenette. It no doubt appealed to those who desired privacy but could not afford a single-family home. Its location to the central business district was also likely appealing to those who worked in that area.  In addition to serving the working classes, the property was designed by the prestigious local architect, Nelle E. Peters and is a good example of the Tudor Revival Style.

Other properties that are being considered follow:

In addition to nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, the council will receive status reports on programs provided by the State Historic Preservation Office and discuss business related to its own function and duties. 

The Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is a 12-member group of historians, architects, archaeologists and citizens with an interest in historic preservation. The council is appointed by the governor and works with the Department of Natural Resources' State Historic Preservation Office, which administers the National Register program for Missouri. The council meets quarterly to review Missouri property nominations to the National Register, the nation's honor roll of historic properties. Approved nominations are forwarded to the Keeper of the National Register in Washington, D.C., for final approval.

For more information about the Feb. 13 meeting or the council, call the State Historic Preservation Office at 573-751-7858 or the department toll free at 800-334-6946.