2015 Places in Peril

2015 Places in Peril Announcement

Missouri Preservation’s UnHappy Hour, which announced the 2015 Places in Peril, was the place to be on Friday, July 24. More than 120 people tightly squeezed into the Carriage House at Chatillon DeMenil Mansion, located in St. Louis, Missouri, in order to hear this year’s listing.Thank you to everyone who attended the press release reception. Missouri Preservation, along with Missouri’s threatened historic resources, greatly appreciates your support.

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Chatillon DeMenil Mansion and Carriage House (photos courtesy of Chatillon DeMenil Mansion)


Instituted as a media campaign in 2000, the program is aimed at calling attention to endangered statewide historic resources threatened by deterioration, lack of maintenance, insufficient funds, imminent demolition and/or inappropriate development. Formerly known as Most Endangered, this year’s UnHappy Hour celebrated the renaming of the program as ‘Places in Peril’. The re-branding came as a means of highlighting the selected public nominated places because becoming the ‘most endangered’ was not a contest. Once the historic resource is gone, it’s gone forever. By publicizing these places we hope to build support towards each property’s eventual preservation.


Thank you to our 2015 UnHappy Hour Sponsors:

Esley Hamilton

The Carriage House at Chatillon DeMenil Mansion

HBD Construction

The Lawrence Group

Forsyth Engineering


2015 Places in Peril Map

A complete list with photos and descriptions [here]

2015 List of Missouri’s Most Endangered Historic Places: (*re-listed properties)

A. Bend Road Bridge – Pacific, Franklin County

B. Livestock Exchange Building– St. Joseph, Buchanan County

C. Old Calaboose Jail – Elsberry, Lincoln County 

D. The Former Faith-Salem Church (7348 W. Florissant) – Jennings, St. Louis County

E. Old Phillipsburg General Store– Phillipsburg, Laclede County

F. Woodside– Maplewood, St. Louis County

G. 100-118 W. Armour Boulevard– Kansas City, Jackson County

H. John R. Myers House and Barn (180 Dunn Road) – Florissant, St. Louis County

I. Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge – Hazelgreen, Laclede County

J. Superior Well Ticket Office – Excelsior Springs, Clay County

K. The James Clemens House– St. Louis, City of Saint Louis* 

L. Kemper Military School & College Administration Building – Boonville, Cooper County

M. University of Missouri St. Louis Campus Buildings – Bel Nor, St. Louis County*

N. Phillip Kaes House – Sherman (Castlewood State Park), St. Louis County*

O. Greenwood Cemetery– Hillsdale, St. Louis County*


2015 Watched Properties List:*

The Route 66 Bridge – St. Louis, St. Louis County

The Henry Miller House – Bloomfield, Stoddard County

The Frank L. Sommer “Cracker” House – St. Joseph, Buchanan County

Oak Grove Memorial Mausoleum – St. Louis, City of St. Louis   (NEW)

The Diamonds Cafe – Villa Ridge, Franklin County

Wheatley-Provident Hospital– Kansas City, Jackson County

The Kemper Arena – Kansas City, Jackson County

The Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church – Lexington, Lafayette County

2016 Places in Peril

If there is an endangered historic resource in your city or neighborhood and you would like get the word out, consider nominating a place for next year’s 2016 listing.

2016 Places in Peril Nomination