Preservation consultant shares results of East Town Historic Survey
JOPLIN, Mo. – A preservation consultant hired by the City of Joplin shared the findings of the second phase of the East Town Historic Survey on Tuesday evening.
That survey covers the area south of Langston Hughes-Broadway.
While survey results showed the area did not meet state criteria for a designated historic district due to several vacant lots and buildings with modern updates, several homes and structures could qualify to be on the National Register of Historic Places, including the old Empire building on 4th Street.
“All of these things are part of Joplin’s history and the more you can preserve that illustrates that part of the past, the better the picture is and you know these are things you want to be proud of and keep in the city,” said Ruth Keenoy, the preservation consultant who conducted the survey.
“There are possible benefits and incentives for the neighborhood to develop the historic properties that first must be deemed eligible by having this information,” explained Thomas Walters, Joplin’s City Planner.
Washington School could qualify for the National Register, depending on its interior.
Other buildings that would qualify include two homes, one on Mineral Street, and one on 2nd Street. The Methodist Episcopal Church on South Central would also qualify.
A future planning states meeting is tentatively set for August 27.