August 7, 2017 (STL.News) – Missouri Preservation will announce its list of the State’s Historic Places in Peril for 2017 at a cocktail party to be held at the National Building Arts Center across the Mississippi River from St. Louis in Sauget, Illinois. The event, called an “Unhappy Hour,” will run from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm on Friday, August 25, with the announcement being made at 7:00 pm. Admission is $20.00 and includes a free drink and food selection from the Brazil Express Food Truck. The venue chosen for the announcement was selected because the huge collection of building artifacts and components housed at the Building Arts Center are largely from historic buildings demolished in the St. Louis area. Among the Center’s extensive holdings are sculptures originally atop the Equitable Building from 1874, terra cotta decoration from the Buder and Title Guaranty Buildings both from the 1890s, as well as the entire facade of the Rivoli Theater from 1922, all formerly in downtown St. Louis.
The list of Missouri’s Places in Peril began as a program called Missouri’s Most Endangered Historic Places in 2001. The list is announced annually to call attention to threatened historic resources throughout 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 Buchanan, Cape Girardeau, Warren, Jackson, St. Louis, Gasconade, Greene and Johnson. The names of the actual sites are embargoed until the day of the announcement, but the media is encouraged to contact Missouri Preservation in advance so they can prepare stories about individual sites and obtain photographs for release on the evening of the announcement. Media passes to the event can be reserved by calling (660)882-5946.
Missouri Preservation is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to education, advocacy and recognition for historic resources throughout Missouri. Press packets and information on sites listed will be available at the announcement. For more information about Missouri Preservation, please visit our website at www.preservemo.org and also like “Missouri Preservation” on Facebook. Details will also be located on the website immediately following the announcement on August 26, 2017.
This event is generously sponsored by Judith and Robert Little; Mackey Mitchell Architects; the National Building Arts Center; the St. Louis Design Alliance and Debbie Sheals, Preservation Consultant.