This directory is intended to help the general public find people with expertise in various aspects of historic preservation, be it planning, design, development, financing, tax credits, National Register nominations or accounting. The directory is made up of major donors to our organization and is intended to recognize these people and companies for their generosity to the cause of historic preservation in Missouri. It is NOT AN ENDORSEMENT of any of the companies or individuals mentioned.
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Preserve your cash while preserving history. At Anders, we’ll show you how. To reap the benefits of using historic tax credits for your project, it is critical to understand how to control costs and increase your return on investment. Our familiarity with these and other tax credits has helped us save thousands of dollars for our clients. One way to increase your cost savings is to spend a few hours with a member of the Anders Historic Tax Credit team. We’ll get you ready for the required CPA Examination of the Projects Expenditures List. To keep you organized and in compliance, we’ve even developed a simple tracking system. With a team dedicated to the real estate and construction industries, Anders can also provide services ranging from tax preparation, cost segregation studies, audits to accounting system implementation and valuation. Anders is large enough to offer you the most advanced services but right sized enough to provide the individual attention you deserve. (7/18)
Brown Smith Wallace is the second-largest locally owned, full-service CPA and business advisory firm in Missouri with more than 240 employees. In addition to audit and tax services, including historic preservation tax credit services, Brown Smith Wallace offers nontraditional consulting services such as risk advisory services, insurance advisory consulting, transaction advisory and litigation support, cyber security, health care advisory services and small business services.
Brown Smith Wallace was named a Top 100 Firm by INSIDE Public Accounting, and has been one of St. Louis’ Top Workplaces for the past four years by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The firm was also recognized nationally for the fifth time as a “Best Accounting Firm to Work For” in 2014 by Accounting Today, and was the only St. Louis firm to rank in the top 20 of the 2015 and 2016 Vault Accounting Firm rankings. (7/18)
Creative Sculpture & Restoration, Inc. is a specialty company dedicated to preserving our cultural legacy through masonry restoration and preservation of monuments, historic buildings, sculpture and fountains. With each restoration project, we take great care to preserve the original stonework, expertly matching the texture and color of the original stonework.
Gary Keshner, owner and president of Creative Sculpture & Restoration, Inc., has been in the masonry restoration business for many years. Gary received his B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1977. He began Creative Sculpture & Restoration in 1983, specializing in preserving and restoring historical stonework. Over the past years, growth and knowledge of techniques, both old and new, and products, have allowed the company to grow and prosper. Gary and his employees are expertly trained and experienced with the latest masonry restoration systems, embracing and using environmentally safe masonry restoration preservation products.
Creative Sculpture & Restoration uses the Jahn Masonry Restoration System for restoration projects. Through experience, we have seen that the Jahn System has been successful in changing the poor performance record of masonry restoration in North America. One of the primary concerns on masonry projects is the compatibility of the restoration material to the substrate. Too often, inappropriate repair materials are chosen, including materials that contain or add latex or acrylic for the purpose of adhesion. Traditional composite patches, (“mason’s recipes”) are often inconsistent and may contain excessive amounts of cement. Incompatibility with the substrate can contribute to early failure of the repair and further deterioration.
There are many reasons why our company uses Cathedral Stone:
They do not contain any acrylic or latex bonding agents.
They are individually formulated to match the physical properties of the existing masonry.
They have performed for over twenty years with impeccable results.
They are not affected by freeze/thaw or salts.
Custom coloring is available.
Guaranteed long term restoration and maintenance.
Over 40 Years ago, Dalco Industries was created pursuing federal commercial projects for replacement windows and siding for military bases, and U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) projects across the United States. Since then, our awarded contracts have come to include a variety of apartment complexes, condominiums, office and commercial buildings. In the last 10 years, Dalco expanded its commercial division to play a key role in providing replacement windows on numerous historical preservation projects including projects receiving state and federal tax credits. (7/18)
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Deb Sheals is an architectural historian with more than 20 years of experience in the field of historic preservation. Work during that time has included historical research and documentation for more than 1,500 historic buildings. Research, National Register and Historic Preservation Tax Credit projects have taken her to more than 50 cities, in six states. (7/18)
Bob Drury and his brothers grew up working long hours on the family farm back in the 1940’s. Their father, Lambert Drury, introduced his sons to the construction industry by forming a tile and plaster company to help supplement the family farm income. The business began by taking on small jobs. Bob and some of his brothers eventually took leave of plastering to serve loyally in the United States Army. Upon returning from serving his country, Bob married his high school sweetheart, Anna Rose Heisserer, who grew up on a neighboring farm outside of Kelso, MO.
Bob and his brothers helped energize the Drury family business, making it successful and respected throughout Southeast Missouri and neighboring states. Ann raised their three children, Kathy, Rick and Julie, as well as becoming a real “shaker and mover” of the Volunteer Department of St. Francis Hospital.
In the 1960’s, the Drury family business expanded and they built their first hotel in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Bob and his brothers enjoyed the challenges and rewards that the hotel industry presented, so in 1974 they formed another company known today as Drury Hotels.
Drury Hotels continues to be 100% family owned and operated. For 40 years, Drury has continued to stick with the basics that helped the company grow from a small plastering business in the Bootheel of Missouri to a successful, growing system of over 130 hotels in 20 states.
Bob Drury was a very innovative man, and both his drive and innovation are reflected in the number of areas our company is focused. We not only construct and develop hotels nationally; we’re also a leader in commercial real estate development and management as well as many other businesses. Bob and Anna Drury have both passed away but their legacy carries on with the hotel chain, office buildings and developments that bear their imprint and influence. More importantly, the leadership, mentoring and hard work that emboldened all around Bob to excel will long be remembered. Bob laid a very strong foundation to effectively “keep the train rolling down the tracks,” and that’s precisely what the Drury Southwest Board of Directors and Officers will do to honor Bob’s legacy. (7/18)
Engine House No. 1, Inc. is an architectural firm that specializes in Historic Structure Reports, institutional planning, programming and design with an emphasis on historic preservation, including projects at State, County and not-for-profit organization historic sites. Some of their past projects have received Missouri Preservation’s McReynolds and Preserve Missouri Awards. Principal Marion Smith is Vice President of the Benton Park Neighborhood Housing Corporation and a Board member of Friends of the Missouri Governor’s Mansion. She also served on the Board of Missouri Preservation from 2009 through 2018.
Marion studied architecture at McGill University, Montreal and holds Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI. (7/18)
Enhanced Historic Credit Partners (EHCP) is a significant investor in real estate projects utilizing State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits (HTC) and State Brownfield Environmental Remediation Tax Credits (Brownfield).
In operation for over 11 years, EHCP has, along with its affiliate funds, invested over $350,000,000 in more than 175 projects in Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Utilizing state tax credits, EHCP and its partners have contributed to the rehabilitation of over 175 projects, resulting in job creation, the revitalization of small towns and city blocks, and the preservation of historic structures. (7/18)
William F. (Bill) Forsyth, P.E., S.E., is the President of Forsyth Engineering, Inc., a structural engineering firm founded in 1989. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Missouri, Wisconsin and Texas and a registered Structural Engineer in Illinois. He has nearly 40 years of varied experience in historic preservation, rehabilitation and restoration of building structures, including the evaluation of structures for repair or adaptive reuse, the preparation of designs for structural remediation and the making of general structural surveys. He has provided structural consultation for historic buildings including the Campbell House Museum in Saint Louis, the Daniel Boone Hays House in Saint Charles County, the Antoine Oneille House in Sainte Genevieve and the Dunklin County Museum Building. He has also performed structural engineering evaluations and designed structural repairs and modifications for literally hundreds of single-family residential buildings, including many late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century homes throughout eastern and central Missouri and southwestern Illinois. Bill Forsyth has personally rehabilitated a circa 1875 row house in the Lafayette Square neighborhood of Saint Louis and currently resides in a circa 1902 house in the city’s Central West End. (7/18)
Forsyth Engineering is a professional consulting engineering corporation offering services in the areas of structural engineering, industrial building and industrial structure design, investigations and reports and the preparation of documents for the bidding of construction work. Founded in the fall of 1989, the firm markets its services to other consultants, design-build concerns and owners of buildings and structures in the Midwest and across the country. Current clients include ICL Performance Products LP, Krupp Construction and the Friends of Arrow Rock. (7/18)
H.B.D. Construction, Inc. is a diverse, full-service general contracting and construction management firm located in St. Louis since 1922. We have extensive experience in senior living, multi-family, historic conversions, retail, office buildings, medical facilities, entertainment and industrial projects. Our highly qualified office staff consists of trained professionals who understand the construction process from initial design through completion. Each project is assigned one manager who is solely responsible for the project from start to finish; the manager also reports daily to the President or COO, who both maintain an active role in each of HBD’s projects. The level of HBD’s commitment, stability and service is why it has been around since 1922 and enjoys a long list of satisfied, repeat customers. (7/18)
With one of the most experienced teams of real estate, development and construction attorneys in Missouri and the Midwest, Husch Blackwell provides an in-depth knowledge to help our clients succeed, no matter how complex the project. Husch Blackwell has been at the center of many of the most iconic development projects throughout St. Louis, Kansas City, and other regions in Missouri. Whether traditional development projects, or more complex projects requiring development incentives, Historic Tax Credits, or other related tax credits, our deep understanding of your industry enables us to help you seize opportunities and overcome obstacles in order to achieve your business objectives. (7/18)
James G. Staat Tuckpointing Inc. prides itself in the Historic Preservation of houses and buildings in the surrounding areas. Included is a list of services our company provides to make your renovation project a successful one:
Terra Cotta Replacement Stone Patching
Restoration Cleaning Brick Reconstruction
Brick Replacement Tuckpointing
The St. Louis and Kansas City Equity Funds provide affordable rental housing, low risk investments that provide a market rate of return to investors, and a steady source of equity to partners and developers throughout the State of Missouri, Eastern Kansas, and Southern Illinois. Since its inception, St. Louis and Kansas City Equity Funds have raised over $367,000,000 which has been utilized to development 4,558 affordable homes utilizing the Low-Income Housing and Historic Tax Credit programs. Banks and corporations have invested in our multi-investor funds since 1988 to help bring affordable housing and historic preservation to communities across Missouri, Eastern Kansas, and Southern Illinois. (7/18)
Since 1993, Karen Bode Baxter has worked as a preservation consultant for property owners, real estate development teams, and architects on historic tax credit applications and National Register nominations in Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma and New York. She has supervised the historic tax credit applications for hundreds of projects, ranging from small houses to commercial rehabilitation projects of all sizes, and costing from $40,000 to $500,000 million. She has supervised the successful completion of more than 160 projects in Missouri by 2008 (10% of the Missouri’s total). Although most of her current projects are in the Saint Louis metropolitan area, she has recently worked on projects in a number of eastern Missouri communities, including Kirksville, Hannibal, Park Hills, Arcadia, De Soto, Cape Girardeau and Ste. Genevieve. She is certified as an historian and an architectural historian with over 35 years of historic preservation experience. She and her staff have worked together listing more than 70 buildings and 19 historic districts on the National Register of Historic Places. She completed her doctorate course work in history and historic preservation at Oklahoma State University and she has her Economic Development and Design Certifications from the National Main Street Center’s Certification Institute in Professional Downtown Management. Prior to coming to St. Louis in 1995 she worked for 7 years with historic downtown redevelopment programs connected with the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Iowa and Oklahoma. She is currently the president of Missouri Preservation and an Advisory Board Member of Missouri Main Street Connection. (7/18)
Established in 2000, Mangrove Redevelopment is recognized as a leader in the renaissance of St. Louis’ Forest Park Southeast Neighborhood. Their signature building, the Mangrove, is at the heart of the Grove District. Its restoration is credited with having set new and higher standards in rehabilitation along Manchester Avenue, which has helped to attract new investment to the street and to the area.
At MarksNelson, our professionals have been helping owners and developers of tax credit projects for over 25 years. Our certified public accountants have national firm expertise but provide hands-on local service. We fill the need for responsive high-level advisors on ownership structuring and financial projections to maximize historic tax credits. Whether you need help with planning your project, auditing your project costs for submission to the state, or annual tax return preparation to get your credits “right”, we have staff and partners ready to assist. Our team will walk you through the process, answer your questions, and help you get the results you are looking for. Consulting, Auditing, and Tax Services for Tax Credit Projects – Historic Preservation, Neighborhood Preservation, Affordable Housing, New Markets. (7/18)
Mid-Continental Restoration Co., Inc. has been in the masonry restoration business for over 60 years and will give customers a free estimate for a wide range of services. We pride ourselves on working closely with structural engineers and architects to perform the concrete repairs while maintaining focus on the structural integrity and load capacities of each individual structure. MCR is proud to have been in existence for over 60 years. In that period of time we have developed some of the finest craftsmen known to the masonry restoration industry. The New Masonry Division was established in 1995. The primary purpose of this division is to build new masonry projects. This division handles any type of commercial, residential or industrial project, no matter the size. (7/18)
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Brownfields/Voluntary Cleanup Program (BVCP), under a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. EPA, conducts site-specific environmental assessments of Brownfield properties for public entities such as cities, counties and quasi-governmental entities, as well as for not-for-profit organizations. Properties that are privately owned are only eligible if an application is sent on behalf of the private owner by an eligible entity. The assessments are provided at no cost to the property owner or the eligible applicant. An assessment provides valuable information that can aid in making decisions regarding the future of the property.
Often, local governments acquire contaminated properties through foreclosure for back taxes, land donations, or may own property they would like to sell for redevelopment purposes. These entities sometimes have difficulty finding adequate funding to pay for environmental assessments (All Appropriate Inquiries, Phase I and Phase II Assessments) prior to redevelopment. Often, it is the unknown environmental condition of the privately or publically held property that dissuades developers. The assessments provide the information necessary to move forward with planning, and redevelopment of the property.
The BVCP also offers state oversight for the voluntary cleanup of properties contaminated with hazardous substances. The BVCP is a non-enforcement program designed to help property owners, business operators, or prospective buyers. It provides “closure” when the property is cleaned up to approved specifications and standards acceptable to the state. This “closure” can greatly reduce the environmental liability associated with such properties, thereby facilitating property transactions. (7/18)
The Missouri Humanities Council is a 501c3 statewide organization that bolsters local economic development in rural and urban communities through heritage tourism initiatives, conducts workshops benefitting Missouri veterans and their families, and enhances local communities by funding humanities-based programs, projects, and events through an extensive community grants program. The MHC encourages and supports humanities-related public outreach programming, including teacher education academies and workshops, lecture series, forums, and publications, festivals and living history venues, reading programs for disadvantaged families, and commemorative exhibits highlighting the rich heritage of Missouri. To accomplish these activities, the MHC regularly partners with numerous statewide, regional, and local civic and community organizations, educational institutions, and governmental agencies. (7/18)