Historic Preservation Council to consider nominations for National Register One Nominee located in Springfield

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-129 For Immediate Release: May 14, 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 May 15 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.

Fourteen nominations are scheduled to be considered for listing in the National Register. Properties on the agenda include historic residences, commercial buildings, bridges and historic districts. In total, the nominations represent approximately 341 historic structures.

The following property in Springfield is being considered:

Nicknamed the "Pythian Castle," the Pythian Home of Missouri in Springfield is an imposing Late Gothic Revival style building constructed in 1913 to house aged members of the Knights of Pythias fraternal order along with their widows and orphans. In 1942, the limestone building was taken over by the military for use as a service club for wounded enlisted personnel at nearby O'Reilly General Hospital and later used by the Army Reserve as a headquarters building. Today, the Pythian Home is privately owned. Designed by Smith, Rea and Lovitt, a prestigious Kansas City architectural firm, the two-story building is dominated by a three-story projecting bay with an arched entry and slender side turrets, the taller of which is castle-like.

Other properties located throughout the state that are being considered include:

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 May 15 meeting or the council, call the State Historic Preservation Office at 573-751-7858 or the Department toll free at 800-361-4827.