High Street Office Building - Boonville, MO
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N 38° 58.650 W 092° 44.732
15S E 522041 N 4314310
Historic building marker, mounted on the front of building.
Waymark Code: WM14X4Y
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 09/05/2021
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Geo Ferret
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County of building: Cooper County
Location of building: High St. & 4th St., Boonville
Built: 1820's - 1880's
Architectural Style: Greek Revival & Missouri-German
Original Occupant: Ballantine House (hotel)
Current Occupant: State Probation and Parole Offices

Marker Text:

The two story part of the building to the west of the 3½ story part of the building was built in 1822 as the Ballatine House which served as a hotel. This German style brick structure is one of the oldest still standing in Boonville and in fact west of the Mississippi. The 3½ story part was added in the 18030's. The wings on each end were added a story at a time in the 1870's and 1880's. At its peak, the hotel had 55 rooms and had a bath house, kitchen, and dining room as well as four bathrooms. The remaining central stairway is original. A cooking and baking beehive oven can still be accessed from the basement. There is now a protective structure over the outside top of the oven on the North side of the building.

The hotel had various names over the years and many owners. The most notable were the Pierce's Mansion House and the Commercial Hotel. The hotel catered to river, rail, and land traffic along the Missouri River and was a popular dining and sleeping establishment. Interstate 70 bypassed Boonville and the hotel finally closed in 1972.

National Register of Historic Places 1983

Vaughn X. Prost, developer and builder, purchased the property in 2001 with a vision to restore the historic hotel into a class "A" office space. Prost Builders of Jefferson City, Missouri, the design builder, completed the historic restoration and renovation in 2003.

History of Mark:
"1. Shaler Property, 409 E. High Street, 1820's-1880's.
Built in several sections, the building exhibits Federal, Greek Revival and Missouri German affinities. It varies from two to three and one-half stories, is brick, and has both gable and hip roofs. A long double ell extends to the rear." ~ NRHP Nomination Form

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