Editorial: James Reynolds House Foundation Celebrates Renovation of Historic Cape Girardeau House (3/29/22)

One of Cape Girardeau’s historic homes, previously in disrepair, has been renovated by a local group that plans to rent the space for special events.

Built in 1857, the Reynolds House is located at 623 N. Main St. According to a recent history in southeastern Missouri, prior to 2019 the house was in poor condition. Much of the floor was unsalvageable and some windows were broken.

“The house was ready to be demolished,” said James Reynolds House Foundation board member Bonnie Kipper. “It was what most people would have considered unrecoverable.”

No one had lived in the house, influenced by French colonial architecture, for over 50 years.

But the Foundation stuck with the project, and it’s now available to hire for events of up to 45 people.

“We introduce it to the community as an event center, and we hope to bring exhibits of historical significance from other cities to help people understand how the whole history of all cities weaves together and makes our region,” Kipper says southeast Missourian.

There’s still work to be done on the yard, but it’s certainly improved a lot from where it started a few years ago.

Historic preservation is a laudable business. You can’t save every building, but it must be argued that some structures need to be maintained. They certainly tell a story, offering future generations a connection to our past. In this community, many passionate people contribute time, energy and resources to these efforts. It is a success, and we commend the James Reynolds House Foundation for its efforts.

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