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1810 – 1940 ARCHITECTURE

Cooper County has an abundance of lovely, well maintained older homes and buildings representing many different architectural styles, ranging from simple wood or stone houses to elegant Victorian, Italianate, and “Queen Anne,” mansions. 


A walking or driving tour in downtown Boonville will introduce you to many of the beautiful historic homes and buildings in the area. Main Street still retains many well maintained, early buildings, and most are still being used. And, outside of Boonville Township there are other impressive homes and buildings that are worth the trip to see. Maps and information on historic Cooper County homes and buildings are available at: Cooper County Historical Society; Boonville Area Chamber of Commerce; River, Rails and Trails Museum; Friends of Historic Boonville; and the Frederick Hotel.

River, Rails and Trails Museum has a colorful and informative booklet for a self-guided tour of Boonville homes and buildings. 

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Historic Homes and Buildings to look for in Boonville

Take walking tour of Boonville, or a drive on the following streets from beginning to end:

  • High Street: Frederick Hotel, (Main & High Street) 513, 603, 611, 616, 617, 622, 703, 724 Bell House with Bell’s View Park across the street

  • East Morgan Street: 719, 711, 707, 629, 614, 519, 515; Old Jail

  • East Spring Street: 716, 630

  • Sixth Street: 630, 612, 615, 711, 720, 1308, 1307, 747; Sixth & Locust – Early school for girls

  • Main Street: 1304, 745 (GG Vest Home); 821 (Roslyn Heights – state DAR headquarters)


Commercial buildings from the 1800’s and early 1900’s:


  • Fourth Street: 412 Hain House; 510 Sombart; Christ Episcopal Church; 607- Pre-Civil-War School;

  • Center Street: 309 – built 1859; 303 – built 1870

  • Third Street: (600-700) former Kemper Military School, now State Fair Jr. College; Boonslick YMCA; and soon to be Boonslick Regional Public Library; House 600; - also 601 Hitch House


A colored map with pictures is available from the Cooper County Historical Society, and other locations, which feature homes and buildings in Boonville.

There are also many lovely older homes in Boonville and Cooper County that are not on the Historic Register, but are well worth viewing. 

Interesting Homes and Buildings Out in the County


Blackwater - hotel, telephone museum and Depot 

Pilot Grove - old Jail and Mt. Nebo Baptist Church

Pleasant Green - Burwood, Crestmede and Pleasant Green Plantation

New Lebanon - Cumberland Baptist Church and one room school; Cemetery and Uncle Abe’s Store

Cotton - Dick’s Mill and school

Bell Air - Ravenswood Mansion; Bell Air Methodist church and Pauley House 

Billingsville - Old Stage Stop and St. John’s United Church of Christ

Rural Boonville - Gross Brothers Home on Highway 98


Ravenswood near Bellair


Pauley House near Bellair


Pleasant Green Plantation in Pleasant Green

Burwood House near Pleasant Green


Gross Brother's Home in rural Boonville on Route 98

Ann Betteridge  House Historic Home page
Ann Betteridge House Historic Homes page

Restored Crestmead Home

Photo from Wayne Lammers Collection

Many of the older buildings in Cooper County are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In fact, the Cooper County area boasts area over 400 sites on the National Register of Historic Places.


How to Find Cooper County Homes and Buildings listed on National Register:


Go to:

SHPO Inventories (State Historic Preservation Officer)

  1. Select State (Missouri)

  2. Select Missouri National Register Listings

  3. Select County (Cooper)

  4. Click on the individual site name to see the full report, bibliography and photos.





Old Commercial Buildings with new lives

  • Thespian Hall 1855; is the oldest theater west of the Alleghanies, now a home for the arts

  • Frederick Hotel was a hotel in 1905, then became a retirement home; now restored a modern hotel with its 20th century charm; also features a restaurant

  • River, Rails & Trails Visitor’s Center and Museum: Former Wholesale Grocery built in 1902

  • Mitchel Car Museum once was a chicken hatchery

  • Hamilton Brown Shoe Factory is now  Selwyn Senior Apartments

  • Kemper Military School is now the Boonslick Heartland YMCA, State Fair Community College, and the future home of the Boonslick Regional Library

  • Turner Hall was originally a Baptist church in 1847; then a place for German gymnastics and musical groups, now a venue rental.

  • Ballentine House –a hotel in 1822, and now houses business offices

  • KATY Train Depot now the Chamber of Commerce building with an old MKT caboose and train signal light


Boonville Trail Depot at night

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Thespian Hall


Left: River, Rails and Trails Museum, formerly Shryack - Givens Wholesale Grocery

Right: Selwyn Senior Apartments, formerly Boonville Shoe Factory

Repurposed Buildings page Balentine Hous

Balentine House, formerly a hotel, now business offices


Hotel Frederick, formerly apartments

1941 p. card B'ville south from Morgan.j

Downtown Boonville in the 1930's

Historic Buildings page Central National

This is a photo taken by James McCurdy about 1873.

The workers are raising a large bell to the top of the roof of the Central National Bank in Boonville, owned by Joseph L. Stevens. Workers are raising a large bell to the roof of the bank. Today the bell is in the front of LSE School.

These bronze mastiff statues were originally in front of the Central National Bank near the entrance, which is now Snapp's Hardware. In the mid 1880's, Jay Gould gave the two large mastiff statues to Joseph L. Stevens in gratitude for Steven's support in bringing the Katy Railroad to Boonville.

The mastiff statues were placed on the front of the bank near the entrance.

Today the mastiffs are on the roof of the LSE school above the northwest entrance, and the bell is on the lawn in front of the school.


Central Bell and the two Mastiff statues at LSE on Main Street

Photo by Wayne Lammers

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