Call for Nominations: Missouri’s Historic Places in Peril

The Carter County Courthouse, located in Van Buren, Missouri began as a post-and-beam building which was completed in October 1871, was named one of the 2019 Places in Peril.

Missouri Preservation is a statewide non-profit historic preservation advocacy organization aimed at preserving place and community for future generations of Missourians. The first of its Most Endangered announcements, as it was originally known, was made in 2000. Instituted as a media campaign, the list aims to call attention to endangered historic resources throughout Missouri. It serves as a call to action, or last call for historic resources named on the list. A public call for nominations is made each year to citizens across the state of Missouri. Nominations are reviewed and ranked by a committee of Missouri Preservation’s governing board. This year’s announcement will be made virtually in the fall.

The reasons that a property might be endangered are many, including fire, neglect, abandonment, development pressures, or insensitive proposed alterations. Properties do not need to be listed on any national, state or local list of recognized historic places to be considered for listing. Numerous sites have been included on the Places in Peril list over the past eighteen years, and as a result, many have been saved. Success stories include the Katy Bridge in Boonville, the Rotunda in Hermann, the Janssen Place Gates in Kansas City, the AAA Building in St. Louis, the Henry Blosser House in Malta Bend, the Campbell Chapel AME Church in Glasgow, the Banneker School in Parkville, and the Kemper Arena in Kansas City.

This year’s nominations are due on or before Friday, July 31.  History of the Program, as well as nomination forms can be found on Missouri Preservation’s website ( Call Missouri Preservation 660-882-5946 or email for more information.