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September 23, 2012

Survey of Joplin's historic Murphysburg district to be detailed

JOPLIN, Mo. — Results of a survey of historic architecture in parts of an early-day Joplin neighborhood will be discussed during a meeting Tuesday of the Historic Preservation Commission.

The meeting is open to residents who want to hear the results of the survey and ask questions.

The Murphysburg Historic Resource Survey looked at structures in the area bounded by First Street, Pearl Avenue, Sergeant Avenue and Seventh Street.

“The document will denote, property by property, whether a structure should be or not be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places,” said Becky Brill, the city’s grants coordinator, in an email response to Globe questions about the survey.

“One of the many benefits of this survey will be identifying and cataloging the valuable historic types of properties we have within our historic neighborhoods such as Queen Anne, Romanesque, or Victorian,” she wrote. “As you can imagine, we lost hundreds of valuable historic homes and structures in the May 2011 tornado with little to no photographic or in depth architectural research or documentation to keep on file for future generations or for those who may wish to rebuild such structures.”

Those structures were mostly located west of Main Street in the Cunningham Park area, which was once a mining town.

“In addition, this survey will also provide enough details to allow the property owners within the defined area to seek National Register status, if they so desire,” Brill wrote. “In so doing, they would be eligible for some degree of federal tax credit. These credits can be used to rehab interior and exterior portions of their home in a manner that ensures historic integrity.”

At the meeting, the nomination procedure and its effect on the property in the Murphysburg district will be discussed. Designation does not impede private-property rights, city officials said, but it does make the property eligible for government incentives for restoration.

David Taylor, of Taylor and Taylor Associates, a consulting firm in Pennsylvania, will be the speaker.

The survey cost $14,000. The city paid half, and a grant from the State Historic Preservation Office paid half.

Time and place

The meeting  of the Historic Preservation Commissionwill be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers on the fifth floor of City Hall, 602 S. Main St.

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