Reception in Cape Girardeau Following Missouri’s Most Endangered Historic Places Announcement

Missouri Preservation will announce its list of the State’s Most Endangered Historic Places for 2013 at a press conference to be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, at the Henry Miller House, 106 Cape Road in Bloomfield, Mo.

A reception will be hosted immediately after the announcement at the historic Oliver-Leming House, 740 North Street in Cape Girardeau. The reception is open to the public, with no RSVP required, from 3-6 p.m.

The list of Missouri’s Most Endangered Historic Places is announced annually to call attention to threatened historic resources in Missouri. Nominations are solicited from citizens statewide and the properties chosen are considered endangered for a variety of reasons, including deterioration, neglect, encroachment, potential demolition or a combination of threats.  Nominations for this year’s list came from all corners of the state. Counties with endangered historic places on this year’s list include Clay, Christian, Jackson, Shannon, Stoddard and St. Louis Counties, as well as the city of St. Louis.

The Henry Miller House was constructed some time between 1845 and 1849 for Henry Miller, a civic leader and merchant who was prominent in the early swampland reclamation movement in Southeast Missouri and was also involved in the creation and promotion of the Cairo & Fulton Railroad Company in the 1850s.  Known architecturally as an “I-House,” the house is believed to be the oldest in Stoddard County and one of the oldest in southeast Missouri.

Missouri Preservation is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to education, advocacy and recognition for historic resources throughout Missouri.  Contact Missouri Preservation staff at (660) 882-5946 or (314) 691-1941, and by email at preservemo10@yahoo.com or mpfieldservices@yahoo.com.