Thursday, May 16 | Submitted by Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation | Historic C•Street
Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation held its annual award ceremony in the Rotunda at the State Capital on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Mary Collette, of Springfield, was awarded the 2013 McReynolds Award. This award is among the most prestigious state historic preservation awards given annually to individuals or groups who have made significant achievements in the field or are in the midst of a long-term preservation project.
Collette’s long term preservation efforts include restoring such venerable buldings as Evans Drugstore, Platte Hardware, Tackle Box, Addison’s Bookstore, Firehouse #2 and, as a founding member of Preservation Springfield, she spearheaded The Jefferson House Restoration. She was also responsible for saving the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge from demolition and helped raise the $750,000 for its 8-year restoration. Collette also initiated Commercial Street Historic District’s Streetscape Program and was instrumental in the formation of both the TIF (Tax Increment Financing) and CID (Community Improvement District) designations for Historic Commercial Street during her 8 years on Springfield’s City Council.
Collette was honored for her efforts over the past 30 years which “have resulted in the successful revitalization of the Commercial Street Historic District, much of which can be directly attributed to the efforts of Ms. Collette,” as stated in the Awards Program. She received the McReynolds award as well as resolutions on the floor of both the State Senate and House of Representatives recognizing her efforts which were presented by State Representative Charlie Norr at the award ceremony.
She has been instrumental in raising her voice to prevent demolition, revise city ordinances, use strategic planning processes and supporting incentives to support private investment. The combination of local public/private partnerships, comprehensive planning and individual preservation projects that Collette has been active in over the past 30 years made her a natural selection for the McReynolds Award.
Additional award winners and information can be found on the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation website.