Monday, July 11, 2016

#698 National Register Nomination

For decades, we have admired our Ozarks Bungalow and are now taking that admiration to the next level.  We have nominated our 102-year-old home for the National Register of Historic Places. 

After months of fun research reminiscent of thesis-writing days, we drafted our 30-page national register nomination based on Criterion C: Architecture. 
We included as much of the home's historic background as we could uncover.   And we described the many architectural details exemplifying the Craftsman Bungalow including exposed rafters in open eaves,  low-pitched gable roofs with wide overhangs, and prominent front porch with tapered stone columns.

The Missouri State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) feels the nomination makes a good case for our home's architectural significance and has scheduled our nomination to be presented to the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (MOACHP) at their August 19 meeting in Jefferson City. Kelly will be making the presentation about why our unique 1914 home is worthy.  The MOACHP will then vote yea or nay on sending our application on to the Department of Interior for the final decision.

If approved, ours would be the first building in Aurora and the first private residence in our county to be listed.  Three commercial buildings in Lawrence County are already listed. The national register is an honorary designation and we hope we will be approved to move forward at the August 19 meeting.  But if we aren't, we like the idea of creating documentation for this home that means so much to us and we like the idea of raising historic preservation awareness.

Yours in historic preservation,

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