Historic Preservation Council to consider nominations for National Register Two Nominees located in Kansas City Area

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Volume 37-132 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 two properties in the Kansas City area are being considered:

Mt. Zion Methodist Episcopal Church, South, at 114 North Marietta Street in Excelsior Springs represents a unique blend of architectural styles. The original Gothic Revival church was built in 1903, but a fire in 1947 mostly destroyed the building. Unable to afford a brand new church that would accommodate a growing congregation, the church board eventually turned to architect Robin A. Walker of Kansas City. Walker was able to salvage the walls of the badly damaged building and many of the existing Gothic Revival details. The rest of the building he designed in a Spanish Colonial Revival Style, resulting in an appealing eclectic blend that maintained the attractiveness of the original church but stayed within the congregation's budget. The new Mt. Zion Methodist Episcopal Church was completed by 1948.

The Oliver H. Dean Building was constructed in 1916 from a design by prominent Kansas City architect Henry Ford Hoit. The Dean Building, a two-story commercial building that housed a grocery store for its first two decades, was erected during a period of urban expansion along Main Street between downtown Kansas City and J. C. Nichols' Country Club Plaza. The building features prominent terra cotta tiles and numerous window openings (currently covered with aggregate panels for security) in its primary elevation. Although a relatively minor work for Hoit, the Dean Building exemplifies the enframed window wall design, a dwindling property type.

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.

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