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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It’s all about creative adaptive reuse!
12/15/2019
BBC Culture

It’s all about creative adaptive reuse!

The enormous bunker was used for several years during the war to house a shared German and Italian submarine fleet. (via My Modern Met)

Our historic downtown is booming! Great shops, wonderful places to eat, and unique office space!
12/15/2019

Our historic downtown is booming! Great shops, wonderful places to eat, and unique office space!

Looking for modern office space with a historic flair? The Light and Power Building in downtown St. Joseph (520 Francis) offers the best of both worlds. Built in 1923 for Milton Tootle Jr. by acclaimed St. Joseph architect Walter Boschen, the Classical Revival structure has long served downtown St. Joseph as a commercial office building. https://historicsaintjosephemporium.com/commercial-properties

Every place has a story, some of those stories are more exciting than others.
12/15/2019

Every place has a story, some of those stories are more exciting than others.

One of the earliest inhabitants of 815-817 S. 8th was Amanda Francis Bivens Toms Pumphrey Roe – with a name like that you know she has to be fascinating! Amanda and her family were not the most upstanding of St. Joseph citizens. Her first husband William Toms was killed by a policeman in Achison during a barroom brawl. She then married his best friend (who had lost a leg in the same brawl), John Pumphrey. Pumphrey was not a nice man, and Amanda’s son John Toms shot and killed him for abusing Amanda. In February 1899, the police raided the house at 815 S. 8th as Amanda and her daughter and son-in-law were suspected of a series of thefts around the business section of the city. Learn more https://historicsaintjosephemporium.com/burnstein-bakery-apartments

Historic St. Joseph Emporium
12/14/2019

Historic St. Joseph Emporium

Felix Muleski, his wife Sarah, and their daughter Clara made 705 S. 13th Street their home in 1904, and it was from this house that they took their place as active members of the bustling Catholic community in the area. Clara and her mother were active in the parish served by the church of the Immaculate Conception (now commonly known as Twin Spires) and jointly hosted church-related gatherings at their home, which they decorated with seasonal flowers for the occasion. Learn more at https://historicsaintjosephemporium.com/muleskidienger

Thinking about our great historic churches and the role they play in the community. They are amazing venues for the vibr...
12/14/2019

Thinking about our great historic churches and the role they play in the community. They are amazing venues for the vibrant arts we have here. I saw Irish Christmas in America at the First Christian Church and am very much looking forward to Community Chorus at Cathedral.

How do you get to Carnegie Hall?
- Practice, practice, practice!!!

How do you get to the Cathedral of St. Joseph? If you're not performing, you'll need a ticket!

Tickets are available online at www.stjoechorus.org/tickets, or by calling the Allied Arts office at (816)233-0231. Tickets are also available at the door. The Cathedral of St. Joseph is located at 519 North 10th Street in St. Joseph.

Performances of "Christmas at the Cathedral" will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 15, and 7:30 p.m. Monday, December 16.

Just think you can star in your own Hollywood extravaganza! Book your room now!
12/13/2019

Just think you can star in your own Hollywood extravaganza! Book your room now!

We all know that St. Joseph is movie-worthy, but now so do all the viewers of Showtime. Christmas at the Chateau was filmed in St. Joseph and premiered at the historic Missouri Theater, but the real star of the show was the Shakespeare Chateau! This amazing house is a first class B&B. Find out more at https://historicsaintjosephemporium.com/places-to-stay-things-to-do

These are among the most unique in the city. They are clean, the roofs are good, and structurally sound -- not many vaca...
12/13/2019

These are among the most unique in the city. They are clean, the roofs are good, and structurally sound -- not many vacant buildings have been lucky enough to have such good owners! Check them out at historicsaintjosephemporium.com!

Historic houses in St. Joseph come in all shapes and sizes, but it is fair to say that the Folk Art Houses at 610 & 620 S. 10th St. are unique! In the 1960s they were purchased by local mason Bobby Bohot and became sites for his personal form of outsider art. Learn how you can make these your own at:
https://historicsaintjosephemporium.com/folk-art-houses

This is a great image of an epic building -- the Central Police Station at 7th and Messanie. Learn more at historicsaint...
12/13/2019

This is a great image of an epic building -- the Central Police Station at 7th and Messanie. Learn more at historicsaintjosephfoundation.com

In 1890 the boomtown that was St. Joe needed a bigger and more impressive police station. They turned to E.J. Eckel and the genius Harvey Ellis to design something that would let the people of the city know that they were serious about law and order. This is what they built! You have the opportunity to show that you are serious about your venture -- this amazing property is on the market! Find out more about it and its history at https://historicsaintjosephemporium.com/central-police-station

This is one of the most interesting houses in town. It has the remnants of the tunnel that connected it to the brewery s...
12/13/2019

This is one of the most interesting houses in town. It has the remnants of the tunnel that connected it to the brewery still in its basement. Just think- being able to go and get your keg without ever having to go outside! Life goals!

Nunning House, 1401 Jules: Many of the biggest and grandest homes in St. Joseph spent at least a part of their lives as apartments. This is true for the Nunning House. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s it was split in to as many as 7 apartments. Since that time it has been sensitively and lovingly restored as a single-family home. Learn more about the history of this amazing structure and how you can make it your family home. Visit: historicsaintjosephemporium.com

Fascinating how many of the great houses in this town are associated with people at all levels of the dry goods industry...
12/12/2019

Fascinating how many of the great houses in this town are associated with people at all levels of the dry goods industry. It would be a great theme for a hour tour!

In 1909, Isaac Louis Chasnoff lived in 729 S. 10th, he had been naturalized as a citizen just two years earlier and at that time had a promising dry goods business (unfortunately he went bankrupt in March 1911). Many of the occupants were immigrants coming from Russia, Germany, Poland, and Austria fleeing the oppression of Europe for the promise of this booming city.https://historicsaintjosephemporium.com/walker-kelly-house

12/12/2019
Old Saint Jo

This is so cool

Enjoy the livestream of " Have a Cup of Joe with Old Saint Jo". Featuring Gracia Pinzino from the Visit St. Joseph, Missouri, Daniel Johnson from Robidoux Row, @Andy Montee owner of Mokaska Coffee, Ben Smith (Old Saint Jo Student Ambassador & President of APO), and the #mwsu APO Christmas Carolers. The livestream was produced by Cinema Students and Faculty as part of our ongoing episodic documentary/livestreaming series titled "Old Saint Jo". This livestream is also avaiable on our "Old Saint Jo" YouTube page: https://youtu.be/F5-6bygR_Ww

Saved by the incomparable Barbara Ide!
12/12/2019

Saved by the incomparable Barbara Ide!

Askin/Ide Duplex, 527/529 N. 8th St.: Not surprisingly, given the lovely homes here and its proximity to Hall Street, North 8th Street was a socially prominent address for much of the 20th century. Newspapers contain frequent articles about parties being held in the homes on this street. One of the great entertainers was Walter Bartlett and his wife May Noyes Bartlett who the 1930 census shows living in 527 with their son Walter C. To find out more about the history of this historic duplex and how it can be yours, visit: https://historicsaintjosephemporium.com/askinide

Before my mother died she became fascinated with these ghost signs. She began a research project on the businesses assoc...
12/11/2019
The Ghost Signs of St. Joseph Missouri

Before my mother died she became fascinated with these ghost signs. She began a research project on the businesses associated with them. They are a part of our history that is by definition fading away.

The Ghost Signs of St. Joseph Missouri

The immigration history of St. Joseph is fascinating. Our city would be far less interesting if we had not drawn so many...
12/11/2019

The immigration history of St. Joseph is fascinating. Our city would be far less interesting if we had not drawn so many people from so many places to follow their dreams here!

Claus J. Siemens immigrated to the United States from German in 1860, settling first in Pennsylvania. Immediately upon landing in his new nation, he enlisted in the Union Army serving as an assistant surgeon to the 69th and 50th Pennsylvania Regiments. Following the end of the Civil War, Siemens moved with his wife to Jefferson City, MO and from there to St. Joseph. He was active in his new city, serving as pension examiner for 21 years. He was also the president and treasurer of the German-English School Board. He and his wife Helena raised their daughter and five sons in this lovely home close to historic downtown. Learn more about this historic property at https://historicsaintjosephemporium.com/siemens-house

Historic St. Joseph Emporium
12/11/2019

Historic St. Joseph Emporium

Built before 1900 as housing for the upwardly mobile working class of the turn-of-the century boomtown that was St. Joseph, both 727 and 729 S. 10th St.have served as home for a number of small business owners. One of the notable early occupants was William F. Kirkpatrick (1901-1903), who owned Kirkpatrick and Co. Jewelers, which established a reputation for its fine silver. He became so successful that in 1927 he built the lovely Beaux Arts style Kirkpatrick Building on Francis St. https://historicsaintjosephemporium.com/walker-kelly-house

Lots of history in the Southside. This grant program will help showcase its beauty.
12/09/2019
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Lots of history in the Southside. This grant program will help showcase its beauty.

A new grant program aims to improve the look of St. Joseph's South Side.

Historic St. Joseph Emporium
12/09/2019

Historic St. Joseph Emporium

Sometimes a building is just too unique to pass up! That's certainly the case for 701 Messanie St. -- the Central Police Station. Designed by Harvey Ellis while he worked for Eckel & Mann, this structure makes a statement! Find out more about it and how you can own it: https://historicsaintjosephemporium.com/central-police-station

Want to know more about your house -- we are happy to do that research for you. We just had a request for information on...
12/09/2019

Want to know more about your house -- we are happy to do that research for you. We just had a request for information on 624 N. 5th St. via the Historic St. Joseph Emporium page. What a fascinating house! Built around 1880 by John Donovan Sr. (the father of the famous John Donovan who was president of the German American Bank and the founder of the Stock Exchange), it was the "city home" to his daughter Sarah and her husband John D. Richardson (of Richardson Dry Goods) until the early 1920s. It then became the long-time home of the Wells family. Everywhere you look in St. Joe -- there's a great story to be told!

The classic cautionary tale -- once it is demolished it is gone. There is no bringing it back. This is why we need to be...
12/09/2019
Demolition of the Hotel Robidoux

The classic cautionary tale -- once it is demolished it is gone. There is no bringing it back. This is why we need to be so careful before the decision is made to demolish any of our historic structures.

Demolition of the Hotel Robidoux

Historic St. Joseph Emporium
12/09/2019

Historic St. Joseph Emporium

Initially, this structure was strictly residential with many fascinating characters making their home here. But as the neighborhood became home to a growing Eastern European Jewish community businesses began to spring up and the lower level was used as a storefront while families lived on the upper stories. Learn more https://historicsaintjosephemporium.com/burnstein-bakery-apartments

UNDER CONTRACT!!!!!An absolutely charming part of our ante bellum history!
12/06/2019

UNDER CONTRACT!!!!!
An absolutely charming part of our ante bellum history!

UNDER CONTRACT!!
In 1901 Frank S. Philo (an inspector for Mo-Kan Telephone Co.) and his wife, Ada. R. Kelley moved into 119 S. 12th Street as newlyweds. This charming cottage has always been a great home for new families- maybe it is the right fit for you! Find out more at historicsaintjosephemporium.com

Historic St. Joseph Emporium
12/06/2019

Historic St. Joseph Emporium

815/817 S. 8th St. The Burnstein Bakery Apartments. In the late 1920s the property was purchased by Arbraham Burnstein and became Burnstein’s Bakery (his previous business address had been 903 S. 8th, so he didn’t have to move far). One of the most prominent of the Jewish bakeries in the city, they were particularly famous for their Russian rye bread. The Burnsteins and their business were at the center of the vibrant Jewish community that made such an important mark on the history of St. Joseph in the first half of the 20th century. It is now converted into 4 very stylish apartments and is for sale. Find out more at https://historicsaintjosephemporium.com/burnstein-bakery-apartments

This looks like something worth reading.
12/06/2019

This looks like something worth reading.

We are thrilled to release the study "Opportunity at Risk: San Antonio's Older Affordable Housing Stock" prepared by PlaceEconomics! A year in the making, this study explores the critical role that our older housing stock plays in meeting affordable housing demands and the importance of policies that promote repair and maintenance over demolition and new construction. The full study can be found here: https://www.sanantonio.gov/historic/CurrentProjects/AffordableHousing

Our historic neighborhoods are home to a lovely collection of churches: some awesomely grand others just pocket sized bu...
12/06/2019

Our historic neighborhoods are home to a lovely collection of churches: some awesomely grand others just pocket sized but striking in their own right. Do you have a favorite?

"The skyline of downtown St. Joseph is dotted with the steeples and domes of some of the most wonderful examples of ecclesiastical architecture in the Midwest. One of the most recognizable among them are the 'Twin Spires' of the former Immaculate Conception church at 10th and Angelique Streets. The Gothic Revival church building was built in 1908 after an earlier church at the same location burned. Designed by renowned local architect Edmund J. Eckel, it served a predominately German congregation. The church merged with the members of Saints Peter & Paul Church (Messanie & Warsaw streets) in 1978 and was renamed Queen of the Apostles.

In 1992, the Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic Diocese decided to close the church with the intention of razing the buildings on the property. In short order, parishioners and preservationists organized to take on the challenge of convincing the Diocese to donate the structures so that they could be restored and re-purposed. Within four months, Twin Spires, Inc. was organized and the Diocese deeded the property, along with $75,000, to the new organization. The buildings received some much-needed attention and tenants were found for the former school, convent and rectory. A portion of the church became a museum celebrating the history of all faiths in St. Joseph. The church was also available for use as a wedding and special event venue.

The year 2015 saw the beginning of yet another chapter in the history of the ‘Twin Spires.’ The building again changed hands and The Pro-Life Shrine of the Immaculate Conception was established. A common thread runs through all those who have contributed to the ongoing restoration of this grand church, and that is a love and respect for the building and its place in the history of our community. The skyline of St. Joseph would look dramatically different were it not for the remarkable people who exhibited Uncommon Character and stepped forward to take on the monumental task of preserving this important piece of St. Joseph’s history."

Postcard and commentary courtesy of Cole Woodbury.

It is with great sadness and a profound sense of loss that we recognize the death of Ted Hauser. Ted was an enthusiastic...
12/04/2019

It is with great sadness and a profound sense of loss that we recognize the death of Ted Hauser. Ted was an enthusiastic member of our board and a founding member of the Foundation. He could be counted on to contribute with his wisdom and humor. Ted understood the power of working together and also standing firm when needed. He grasped life with both hands and made the most of it. He traveled and experienced and loved. St. Joseph is a much poorer place without him in it.

We have been lucky to have amazing architects working in St Joe. None were more intriguing than Harvey Ellis.
12/04/2019

We have been lucky to have amazing architects working in St Joe. None were more intriguing than Harvey Ellis.

St. Joseph is lucky to have been the home of the enigmatic architectural designer Harvey Ellis for a few years. In the time he was here he put his mark on the city creating some of the most eye-catching structures we possess. It isn’t often that you have the opportunity to purchase and restore one of those treasures, but with the McNeely House it is possible! Find out more at https://historicsaintjosephemporium.com/mcneely-house

Historic St. Joseph Emporium
12/02/2019

Historic St. Joseph Emporium

Leo N. Lowenberg, manager of the Paris Hat Shop at 612 Felix, lived at 514 N. 6th St. in 1916-1917. He filled out his WWI draft card while living at this address (see image below). To find out more about this duplex, and it’s cast of fascinating characters, visit https://historicsaintjosephemporium.com/newburger-duplex

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520 Francis St. Suite 300
Saint Joseph, MO
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