Cape Girardeau Historic Preservation Commission to host tour of historical buildings, City Hall Monday

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Cape Girardeau is a city rich in history.

Monday, the Cape Girardeau Historic Preservation Commission will host a walking tour to showcase the work that has been done to preserve some of the buildings that have provided so much of that history.

Dr. Steven Hoffman, Southeast Missouri State University Professor and Historic Preservation Program Coordinator, will lead the tour through the new City Hall, Carnegie Library and the Cape Girardeau Common Pleas Courthouse.

The City Hall, which was completed in 2021, has helped preserve the courthouse and library by connecting the buildings.

City Planner Ryan Shrimplin said this tour is a way of both celebrating a great accomplishment and providing the community with an educational experience.

“The tour will be very informative to those who are interested in learning about the history of the new historical buildings, as well as the addition that ties the two together,” he said. “This is an opportunity to celebrate a success in historic preservation and help the community understand more about the significance of this particular property and these buildings.”

Shrimplin said learning about this historical significance will provide citizens with a deep-seated understanding of where they live.

“We’ve got a lot of architectural treasures here,” Shrimplin said. “We’ve got a lot of history associated with these buildings. It’s important for folks to understand the context of the community that they live in.”

The opportunity to accrue that knowledge will come Monday at 5:30 p.m.

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