St. Charles launches National Registry bid

July 25, 2013 by  

St. Charles, Missouri, about 30 miles from St. Louis, derives much of its income from tourism, and it recently revealed plans to increase its historic status.

City officials hope to add the city’s Midtown area to the National Registry in the hope that official recognition of having historic significance will make the area more attractive to visitors.

Buildings on Main Street are already on the National Registry of Historic Places (NRHP), and must conform to the strict codes applied to such structures. Local officials believe that, since some of St. Charles’s properties are already listed, adding more makes sense and that people coming to visit because of the Main Street historic buildings will have an even greater incentive if more buildings are added to the NRHP.

The Midtown district has been proposed for inclusion because a number of buildings there are examples of architectural styles recognized as being of national significance. They include Queen Anne, Federal style, and Greek Revival, according Brenda Rubach, who has been conducting research for three years to prepare the application.

Homeowners are unlikely to notice any negative changes when the district goes on the register, since the NRHP does not put any restrictions on residents and what they can do with their property. However, tax credits come with being listed.

St. Charles officials could work with brochure printers to create a piece for visitors, listing each property and its historical significance, and make handouts available at hotels and terminals.