Cape Historic District Seeking to Expand



The Broadway historic district may be expanding with the addition of the 600, 700, and 800 blocks of Broadway St. This change comes from a collaboration between Old Town Cape and Southeast Missouri State University's Historic Preservation Program, who seek to protect historic buildings in these areas including the Queen Anne-style house (formerly Broadway Books and Roasting Co.) and the Missouri German Vernacular, now an apartment building. Even buildings like the current Dollar General store have historic significance. Dollar General was originally a grocery store built in 1948.

Buildings like the historic theaters on Broadway, that are already on the national register, are not actually in the historic district of Cape, "From our perspective, just having the district and having the buildings either individually or as a contributing building in a district, makes them eligible for opportunities that do not exist if they're not on the national register," says Old Town Cape executive director Marla Mills.

Should this request be approved officials hope it will provide more opportunities for improvement and bring the community closer.


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