The Historic Preservation Commission encourages and engages in activities pertaining to the preservation of the City’s historic resources. The Commission is responsible for establishing and maintaining an inventory of surveys on historic properties as required by City ordinance and State law. The Commission also makes recommendations on nominations for Local Historic District and Local Historic Landmark designations. The Commission reviews Certificate of Appropriateness requests for compliance with the City’s design criteria. The Commission also serves in an advisory capacity on matters pertaining to historic properties, such as National Register applications, planning and zoning applications, public projects, grants, and code amendments. In addition to the above duties, the Historic Preservation Commission engages in a number of programs that educate the community about the value of historic properties and historic preservation. These programs are listed below.

Historic Preservation Month Walking Tour

Each May, in honor of Historic Preservation Month, the Historic Preservation Commission hosts a walking tour in one of Cape Girardeau's historic districts.

Master Preservation Plan

The Master Preservation Plan was prepared in 1999 by Thomason & Associates under the direction of the Historic Preservation Commission. The plan provides a thorough examination of historic structures in the community and offers recommendations on future preservation activities.

Endangered Buildings List

In 2012, the Historic Preservation Commission released its first Endangered Buildings List. The purpose of the list is to identify properties in the City which, in the opinion of the Commission, are worthy of preservation but are at risk due to physical damage and/or long term vacancy. The goal of the list is to raise awareness of these buildings in the hopes that they may be saved.

Submissions for the 2018 Endangered Buildings List are being accepted through March 2. 
Download and submit the Endangered Buildings List nomination form here.

2018 Endangered Buildings List
2017 Endangered Buildings List
2016 Endangered Buildings List
2015 Endangered Buildings List
2014 Endangered Buildings List
2013 Endangered Buildings List


Cape Girardeau's Original Treasures

Original Treasures is a yard sign program that recognizes historic buildings that have been preserved. To be eligible for Original Treasures, a building must be at least 50 years old, feature a unique architectural design or represent a vernacular style, and has been maintained in a manner that retains its architectural integrity.

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers and are typically preceded by a work session.

Staff Liaison

Ryan Shrimplin
City Planner
Planning Services - City Hall
401 Independence Street
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
573-339-6327 Phone
573-339-6303 Fax
cityplanning@cityofcape.org