Historic St. Joseph Foundation

Historic St. Joseph Foundation A partnership of stakeholders in Saint Joseph committed to protecting and improving the historic assets of our community.
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06/06/2020
The Life and Death of Lloyd Warner

Preserve our history by knowing our stories. The most shameful day in St. Joseph history.

Part of the monthly local history programming series, History Speaks from the St. Joseph Public Library. In 1933, the justice system failed and a young black...

What can you do with specialized preservation skills? You can become the stained glass conservator at a castle.
06/06/2020

What can you do with specialized preservation skills? You can become the stained glass conservator at a castle.

Do you know anyone that would like to become a Stained Glass Conservator at our majestic Castle? Ok so this is not your average job, it is a specialist role but please share this opportunity far and wide. This exciting position will be able to shape the future of our exquisite stained glass collection, restoring it to then eventually put it on display to our visitors. To find out more follow this link https://jobs.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/libraries-culture-archaeology-leisure-services-stained-glass-conservator/18037.job

Love this creative approach to raising both awareness and money!
06/06/2020

Love this creative approach to raising both awareness and money!

Drink beer. Save a St. Louis landmark. Civil Life Brewing Company has added a new beer. A portion of the sales proceeds go toward saving the old Sara-Lou Cafe. Order online and pick up. Go to www.thecivillife.com.

Protecting our Landmarks
06/06/2020
Protecting our Landmarks

Protecting our Landmarks

How can we see that the recent demolition of a Saint Charles Landmark does not happen again?”The ordinance that gives the Department of Community Development the authority to issue a demoliti…

Historic restoration projects come in all sizes.
06/05/2020

Historic restoration projects come in all sizes.

#tbt In 2013 we started restoration work on the Blue Room. We chose to take the room back to how it looked in the 1860's, when the room was with hung with beautiful blue silk damask.
This year we hope to start the final stage of restoration of the State Rooms at Stowe - The State Dining Room and The State Drawing room. Discover more on our website and when safe to do so come and visit us to see what we up to for yourself! #museumsathome #restoration #heritage #ThursdayThoughts #StayHomeSaveLives #MuseumsFromHome

Another of our important historic businesses.
06/04/2020

Another of our important historic businesses.

Rueben Thursday Today!
Get your socially distanced
Curbside-to-go!
Stay home if you’re sick!
Be Safe - Be Happy 😊

Liberty Cap Brewing
06/04/2020

Liberty Cap Brewing

Lots of us have had a tough time this year so if you are just doing we’ll to stay alive, keep up the good work. You will make it thru. If you are doing better than getting by, oil up that creaky wallet and flip it open. The Patee House, our cities most important building period is in need of immediate emergency help. Make a donation large or small. Buy a membership. Do whatever you can. A significant portion of the roof is gone from last nights storm. Let’s do the right thing good people. Cheers!

Another great local restaurant in an amazingly repurposed building on historic Frederick Avenue.
06/04/2020

Another great local restaurant in an amazingly repurposed building on historic Frederick Avenue.

We've got some good news for you. We're open all week now, even the dining room. Starting today. So come on in, we miss your pizza stuffed faces!

Pappys is in one of the historic neighborhoods. Shop local folks or all we’ll have left are the chains. Take out is stil...
06/04/2020

Pappys is in one of the historic neighborhoods. Shop local folks or all we’ll have left are the chains. Take out is still a great option - too hot to cook!

Everything was going fine for Pappy's Grill & Pub until the Shelter in Place order expired.

"Carry out was chaos," said owner Steve Margulies, "We had so many orders back to back, we had a system, we were stable. Then May 4 came and it all changed."

He said when dining rooms could open carry out orders dropped dramatically and people didn't come fill the few tables he was allowed to open.

"We had to drop the dining room down to seven tables, but those aren't full most of the time," he said.

The loss of revenue combined with the skyrocketing meat prices is staggering. The cost of hamburger is up 200 percent, hot beef is up 300 percent. They've raised prices of some items a fraction to not scare away their customers, but the pricing structure isn't sustainable.

"For the first time in this 'crisis' we are concerned about survival," said Michelle Margulies, who owns the restaurant with her husband.

Steve said he's received 100 calls from people asking if they're open, but those callers haven't come in. "Where are they?" he asked.

He's hopeful the City will reopen dining rooms completely when the current order expires on June 15, but also noted that "June 15 is a lifetime away for us."

The couple has owned Pappy's for 15 years at the end of this month. Steve wasn't willing to say how long he's willing to keep going like this. "This is very, very, very hard," he said.

Please support Pappy's with your carry out orders especially until the dining room can fully reopen, as well as other local businesses to help them survive this downturn. #sjchamber #membersmatter

Historic St. Joseph Foundation
06/02/2020

Historic St. Joseph Foundation

Thank you Liberty Cap for helping clean up the new park on Hall Street!
06/01/2020

Thank you Liberty Cap for helping clean up the new park on Hall Street!

A little known fact but Liberty Cap Brewing has an International Competitive Brush Cutting Team. 🤣Not something we get to talk about much since we mainly make beer. But today we did have a chance to spring into action helping to clear what will be a wonderful new pocket park right in the middle of the Hall Street Historic District. The lot last housed a mansion in the 1960s. It is located on Hall with 7th and 8th street on either side. It does have some wonderful trees including mature redbuds, fir and decorative maples. Unfortunately there are more volunteer trees than these nice planted specimens. The clean up began today. We wanted to put the word out that there is free cut and stacked firewood up for grabs on 7th Street near Hall. All of this wood is redbud and crab apple so should be great fragrant wood once seasoned. Come help yourself. It will help us get our newest park whipped into shape. Cheers!

So wonderful to see this happening! A ray of hope at a time when we very much need it!
05/31/2020

So wonderful to see this happening! A ray of hope at a time when we very much need it!

We’ve been getting plenty done during lockdown. Here are some before and after as we start to get some work done on the old Turner Frazer. Everything is still there and solid. Just been covered up a long time.

Rosin Preservation
05/29/2020

Rosin Preservation

Like many National Register-listed buildings, the 100-year-old Dyche Hall benefits from a specialized maintenance program and long-term asset management planning to ensure it thrives during its next century.

The University of Kansas has been a good building steward, most recently undertaking a rehabilitation program that updated the visitor experience at the renowned Natural History Museum, enhanced conditions for researchers with offices and laboratories in the building, and restored deteriorated limestone elements of its distinctive exterior. We were thrilled to assist the University in this process.

For buildings of this age and significance, planning starts with baseline documentation of existing conditions. Identification of age and material-appropriate maintenance strategies provide a long-term guide for the owner to ensure appropriate treatments during future rehabilitation efforts.
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https://rosinpreservation.com/portfolio_page/university-of-kansas-dyche-hall-historic-structures-report/

#historicpreservation #savingplaces #buidingplaces #campusplanning #universityarchitecture

So many of our historic houses have lost their original features -- it would be wonderful if we could find and replace m...
05/29/2020
Missouri Preservation

So many of our historic houses have lost their original features -- it would be wonderful if we could find and replace more of them!

A top notch restoration of some of Joplin's premiere historic homes includes tracking down original features.

This is terrific news! Certainly something that St. Joseph could use!
05/29/2020

This is terrific news! Certainly something that St. Joseph could use!

Chairman Aimee Jorjani today announced the formation of the ACHP Traditional Trades Training Task Force, which will work to promote the development of a robust workforce in the skilled preservation trades. “Restoration work simply cannot be done without the skilled worker.” https://go.usa.gov/xwYSJ Preservation Maryland National Trust for Historic Preservation National Endowment for the Arts National Park Service Savannah Technical College REG Architects, Inc.

Great tools make all the difference. You may remember the devastating fire suffered by one of our board members in Novem...
05/29/2020

Great tools make all the difference. You may remember the devastating fire suffered by one of our board members in November, 2019 -- out of the ashes and the water she was able to save one of her favorite tools!

Rosin Preservation
05/28/2020
Rosin Preservation

Rosin Preservation

Demolition begins this week on the Board of Education building in Kansas City, Missouri, a prime example of 1960s Modern Movement architecture.

While being listed in the National Register of Historic Places affords access to federal historic tax credits and often state historic tax credits, it does not guarantee protection from demolition.

Several developers had explored repurposing this historic building, yet changes to Missouri’s historic tax credit program over the last two years have made rehabilitation riskier, and in this case, financially unfeasible.

It breaks our hearts to lose architectural beauties like this. While several new HTC projects will get started in Kansas City, Missouri this year, we continue to advocate for improved incentive policies that preserve historic resources, create opportunities for collaborative reinvestment, and promote adaptive reuse of existing buildings.

#historicpreservation #preservationpays #historictaxcredits #historickansascity #rehabilitation #reinvestment #thisplacematters

http://ow.ly/Iz1G50zQEfN

ULI Kansas City
05/26/2020

ULI Kansas City

"As a historian, I believe in looking to lessons from the past in times of uncertainty. Experience shows us that historic buildings can be a catalyst for thriving communities. Kansas City, for instance, would not have the streetcar, the Sprint Center, or the Power & Light District if new apartments in rehabilitated historic buildings had not drawn thousands of residents to our downtown. During the Great Recession, the historic tax credit was a key differentiator between development projects happening and not happening. I anticipate a similar trend emerging in 2020."
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Read the full viewpoint from Elizabeth Rosin, ULI member and Principal / CEO of Rosin Preservation. Elizabeth talks about the catalysts for future development and the resiliency found within existing historic buildings: https://kansascity.uli.org/about/top-stories/viewpoints/elizabeth-rosin-on-opportunities-and-outcomes/
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Rosin Preservation #StayConnected #StayInformed #IndustryViewpoints #Observations #Opportunities #DevelopmentPotential #Leadership

Some restoration projects are bigger than others.
05/22/2020

Some restoration projects are bigger than others.

#tbt In 2012 we started the restoration of the State Music Room. In 1779 The Marquess of Buckingham had returned from his 'Grand Tour' inspired by the art work that he had seen. He commissioned Italian artist Vinzeno Valdre, to bring a little Rome & Pompeii back to Stowe!
This year we hope to start the final stage of restoration of the State Rooms at Stowe - The State Dining Room and The State Drawing room. Discover more on our website and when safe to do so come and visit us to see what we up to for yourself!
World Monuments Fund National Lottery Heritage Fund #ThrowBackThursday #Restoration #MuseumsAtHome #MuseumsFromHome

Artcrafts Engraving Co. Digital Archives
05/21/2020

Artcrafts Engraving Co. Digital Archives

In Fred Harman's day, Artcrafts was located in the Jenkins Music Building (visible in this rooftop photo of downtown St. Joseph circa 1910's-1920's). As Fred describes it:

The next morning found me employed by Artcrafts as one of six artists. I was to be their illustrator for three years with few vacations back to the ranch.

Having been a cowboy and teamster set me up big with the owner of the engraving firm because I knew harness. He had landed the catalog job of a big harness manufacturing firm. For weeks the art department was draped with harness as I made the drawings. I would draw the harness direct on a large photo blowup of a team. I did the saddles as well, and my boss was delighted that I was familiar with the different rigs- double rigged, three quarter, center fire, etc. Another job the company threw my way which was down my alley was the Olathe Boot Company catalog.

Artcrafts was on the fifth floor of the Jenkins Music Building. On the first floor was a pretty lass and musician, Lola Andrews. I bought so much sheet music as an excuse to see her that common sense told me marriage was cheaper.

In six months we had set up housekeeping. For spare money I'd buy paint and canvas and work many hours at night. That first Christmas was nip and tuck with furniture payments, rent and coal bills stacking up. Then a $200 check from Lathrop, Lee and Shephard publishers eased the pressure. I had done the illustrations and cover jacket for a book on the Pony Express, The Youngest Rider from Louise Platt Hauck.

My pay at the engraving firm had been $35 a week, but it soon jumped to $75. With overtime, I usually made more than a hundred dollars, which was good pay in the twenties.

The day Lindbergh arrived in Paris, May 27, 1927, our son Fred III was born. Money was still short so I sold my boss, Bill Guenther, a large cowboy oil painting for the exact amount to get my wife and "Fritz", as we called him, out of the Missouri Methodist Hospital.

Rosin Preservation
05/20/2020

Rosin Preservation

From 2002 to 2019, $7.1 billion in total development resulted from $1.2 billion in Federal Historic Tax Credits on over 1,700 projects in the State of Missouri. Thanks to the National Park Service for this powerful data that underscores the power of historic preservation in our home state and across the nation.

http://ow.ly/uPOA50zM3vo
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#historicpreservation #preservationpays #federalhistorictaxcredits #rehabilitation #reinvestment #thepowerofdata #thisplacematters #economicdevelopment #communityinvestment #savingplaces #buidingplaces

Wow!
05/20/2020

Wow!

A block of south 8th street, between Charles and Edmond, in 1937.

View #1 is looking north on 8th street from Charles. The Artcrafts Engraving entry is on the extreme left, followed by the glass storefront of Hesse Rix, Red Crown Bowling (precursor to Pla-Mor), a diner and Brown Tailoring in a one-story building that no longer exists, and finally the two-story Logan building whose first floor lives on in today's building at the SW corner of 8th and Edmond.

View #2 is across 8th street to the beloved Old Post Office on the east side. By 1937 the Federal government had already decided they would replace the majestic Old Post Office with a "modern" facility with additional space for postal operations. The Moss building (later referred to as the Cook Paint building) at the NE corner of 8th and Edmond is also visible.

05/19/2020
SSJPA South St Joseph Progressive Association

SSJPA South St Joseph Progressive Association

THIS POST IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY! South St. Joseph Progressive Association has posted this ONLY to be certain people are aware of the program. We are not a sponsor, nor are we informed of changes.

The following post was from the original information received.

For the next 6 weeks on Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s, 5-7 p.m., there will be refrigerator trucks of free fresh fruits, vegetables, butter, cottage cheese, milk, and yogurt, all pre-packaged in groups at the east side of East hills Shopping Center (Sears side) that can be picked up by anyone who needs it. The program is Farmers to Families with food being purchased by the government from farmers who would have to dump the product otherwise. The program is not limited to residents of St. Joseph - it is for any communities in the surrounding areas as well.
Items may also be picked up for neighbors. Product can be picked up by truck and taken back to churches & surrounding communities for dissemination. Four Square Disaster Relief is the sponsoring entity.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, CONTACT THE KEYS CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP, PLEASE, OR GO TO THEIR FB PAGE. IT WOULD BE WISE TO CHECK ON DISTRIBUTION DAYS & TIMES BEFORE TRAVELING ANY DISTANCE TO PICK UP!

THIS PROGRAM STARTED MONDAY, MAY 18th.

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Thought this clipping from Saturday, January 16th 1897 might interest some.
Sigh. 624 Highland by Lafayette HS is breaking my heart.
This was in Pennsylvania, but you never know what you can find when you peel back the layers...
Thank you to “all” of the wonderful docents that gave their time to help make this 4th Annual Jewels Of St Joseph Historic homes tour so much fun and such a success.
This does not bode well for our historic school buildings. :(
Does anyone know anything about this church? It is at 13th & Lafayette.
Had a hard time finding out any information about this jewels of St. Joseph tour.
Congrats on taking ownership of 222 south 4th street!!! Did someone end up buying the lot? Shoot me a text or message with details of the plans...