Commerce Building honored by Missouri preservation organization

March 23, 2012

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On Wednesday, March 21, Sedalia representatives including Mayor Elaine Horn, City Administrator Gary Edwards, Community Development Director John Simmons and SDDI Executive Director Meg Liston attended the Missouri Preservation’s 2012 Preservation Awards Ceremony in Jefferson City.

Matt Fulson, owner of Fulson Housing Group, LLC, received the Preserve Missouri Award for renovations made to Sedalia’s Commerce Building. Mr. Fulson was honored to receive this prestigious award from Missouri State Senator Mike Parson-R.

The Commerce Building Lofts are located at 230 S. Ohio Avenue in downtown Sedalia. The Preserve Missouri Award recognizes outstanding efforts and projects around the state and illustrates the diversity of historic preservation issues.

The Ilgenfritz Building, as it was originally known, was built in 1896-97 in the heart of Sedalia’s commercial district.

The building suffered the first of two fires in the early 1920s. Repairs after the first fire modernized the storefronts with bulkhead panels and prism glass transoms, and the building was expanded with the addition of eight bays to the north end.

Around 1946, the storefronts were modernized again with the addition of metal panels. This latter renovation may have occured around the time of the second fire.

The Commerce Building, LP, was approved for $1,330,00 in recovery funds from the Tax Credit Assistance Program in June of 2009 administered through the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Photo courtesy Rosin Preservation, LLC.


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