Thursday, May 26, 2011

Historic Register Nomination Presented

Fred and Sherry Steinbach and the Chariton Historic Preservation Commission invited the public to hear architectural historian Molly Myers-Naumann give her presentation of the nomination of the Steinbach home to the National Register of Historic Places.

The presentation was Monday May 2, 5:30pm at the Steinbach home.  The home, a William Perkins design, was recently featured in a special section of the Chariton Herald-Patriot.  It was built in 1918 by Chariton entrepeneur J.T. Crozier and is being nominated for placement on the national register of Historic Places.

The nomination is part of a district placement which includes five other buildings in Chariton designed by Mr. Perkins, already listed on the National Register.

On the same day, at 12:30pm, CHPC hosted a walking tour of the historic business district.  The tour was started on the south steps of the Chariton Public Library.  The gazebo on the courthouse lawn was the rainy day venue.  Molly Myers-Naumann conducted the tour as part of National Preservation Month.

James Crozier (J.T.) came to Chariton from Ohio in 1878.  He leased a building on the southeast corner of the Chariton square in 1886 and opened a general store.  He sold a variety of wares including groceries, dry goods, yard goods, sewing machines, and chickens by the dozen.  Crozier and his second wife, Mollie Penrose, were parents of three children.  The Crozier's lived on 4½ acres where the Steinbach's house sits.  The acreage housed the home, a barn, orchard and garden.  Mr. Crozier continued in business until his death in 1936.

Photos of the Chariton Cemetery were recently entered into the photo gallery of the national Register of Historic Places.  The cemetery was listed on the NRHP in 2010.  You may view the photos at National Register of Historic Places

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