Monday, March 26 | Submitted by Holly Peterson, Missouri Preservation | Downtown Central
On March 21, 2012, Craig Wagoner of Springfield was presented with MISSOURI PRESERVATION’S McReynolds Award for outstanding contributions to historic preservation. Presenting the Award at a special ceremony in the State Capitol Rotunda were State Senator Bob Dixon and Representative Melissa Leach. This Award recognizes Wagoner, whose loft and commercial space redevelopment of historic buildings in Center City Springfield have contributed significantly to the community’s urban revitalization. Many of Wagoner’s projects have utilized State and Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits in order to make them economically feasible. Study after study has demonstrated that historic preservation spurs increases in tourism, creates new jobs, stabilizes declining neighborhoods, and raises property values. In Missouri, communities large and small are benefiting from preservation activity, most dramatically during the past 14 years following adoption of the state’s Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit in 1998.
The Interstate Grocer Building in Joplin, Missouri won the Preserve Missouri Award as it was awarded to seven projects across the state, which recognizes outstanding preservation efforts and projects around the state. Local architect, Christopher Swan, AIA with Butler, Rosenbury & Partners was the Project Manager and Architect for the Interstate Grocer Building project. A Joplin landmark built in 1915 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Interstate Grocer Building had been vacant for several years. Originally constructed to serve as a warehouse and office for the Interstate Grocer Company, the building included unique features such as terra cotta decorative trim, stenciled concrete columns, large steel windows, and transom glass made of prisms designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for other buildings. The site also includes a one-story brick garage historically associated with the operations of the Interstate Grocer Company.
MISSOURI PRESERVATION is the state’s only not-for-profit preservation organization. It brings together individuals, organizations and preservations into a network designed to promote historic preservation activities throughout Missouri. MISSOURI PRESERVATION serves and speaks for small towns and rural communities as well as urban centers. The 2012 Awards Ceremony was sponsored by Commerce Bank; Enhanced Historic Credit Partners; Murry’s Restaurant of Columbia; BKD, LLP; Marsh & Company, P.A.; Brown Smith Wallace, LLC; Old Orchard Consulting, Inc.; RubinBrown, LLP; St. Louis Equity Fund.