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TIMELINE

1968-1970   Restoration of First State Capitol building.
1969   South Main Preservation Society was formed to protect the integrity of the Historic District, participate in the restoration of the Historic District, promote South Main businesses, protect the interests of property owners, merchants and residents, and further the vision of a historic village. SMPS members have been creative, enthusiastic, participating volunteers and workers for the common good of the South Main Historic District, with dedication that extends far beyond their individual interests.
1969   Missouri State Capitol Building, also recognized as Peck's Row; Legislative Hall, 208-216 South Main, is placed on the National Register of Historical Places.

Stone Row, 314-330 South Main is placed on the National Register of Historical Places.

August, St. Charles received federal funding for planning of a redevelopment and restoration project between Reservoir and Clark and from 4th St. to the river.

Festival of the Little Hills was created and managed by South Main Preservation Society as an authentic event featuring antiques and period craftspeople. After some years, SMPS wanted to ban beer sales due to the out-of-control (police, tear gas) late night partying in our neighborhood following Festival activities; the city would not allow a beer ban and took over the Festival.

1970   Historic District added to the National Register of Historical Places - June 1970
(bounded roughly by Madison Street on the north, Chauncey and Boone's Lick Road on the south, the alley between Main and Second on the west and the Missouri River on the east)

Urban Renewal: Redevelopment planning work and Project Area Committee 1970, Implementation Funding November 1972, Physical work started early 1973.

1971   Dedication of restored First State Capitol buildings and designation of the site as a state park.

Historical Society purchases Newbill-McElhiney House.

1972   Newbill - McElhiny House, 625 South Main placed on the National Register of Historical Places

November: Redevelopment Authority receives federal grant (eventually totaling near $10 M) to begin buying land for Riverside Drive and a public parking system. Work begins to remove from the Historic District the wrecked autos, salt and cinder storage, oil tanks, lumber storage and warehouse buildings alongside the railroad, relocate industrial activites and mobile homes.

1973

  Riverfront Park work begins.
1975   Dedication of Riverfront Park. Park officially named Frontier Park. Total cost: $360,733
1976   Berthold Square completed.
1977   Western House major restoration was completed.
1978   St. Charles Office of Tourism opened with an annual budget of $20,000.

Dedication of Albert F. Kister Park

1979   South Main Preservation Society volunteers created the event known today as Christmas Traditions and Las Posadas. After 20+ successful years, the events were abruptly taken by the city. The budget for the SMPS events was approximately $50,000 at takeover; the city's current budget for the event is [~$300,000+?].

Heritage Days: The Discovery Expedition began annually commemorating the anniversary of the rendezvous of Lewis & Clark with historically accurate reenactments and a parade.

1980   Old City Hall, also recognized as Market House, 100 South Main placed on the National Register of Historical Places

Stone Row major restoration was completed.

Farmers' Tavern major restoration was completed.

Brick street, sidewalk, curb and sewer rebuilding, landscaping completed in Historic District.

1987   St. Charles Odd Fellows Hall, 117 South Main placed on the National Register of Historical Places
1991   Historic District Boundary Increase II - added to the National Register of Historical Places - 1991 (extends the boundary on the south to include 1000 S. Main Street)

Historic District Boundary Increase III - added to the National Register of Historical Places - 1991 (extends the boundary on the north to Jefferson Street)

1993   The Great Flood: The Missouri River crests at 39.6 feet, 14.6 feet above flood stage, on August 2. (St. Charles Library District: Bizelli-Fleming Local History Collection)
1994   Time Traveler Living History event organized and managed by Carolyn Whetzel with CVB funding. This wonderfully rich annual event continued until funding was withdrawn in 2010.
1996   Historic District Boundary Increase IV - added to the National Register of Historical Places - 1996 (extends the boundary on the north to include 100, 200 and 300 block of North Main Street)
2004   Reconstruction of Boone's Lick Rd. Dirt paths were replaced with brick sidewalks.
2006-2007   Developer proposes large scale condo development. South Main Preservation Society opposed proposed zoning changes to accommodate the incongruous scale and character of the project.
2007   Archie Scott died. Archie's last project was participation in the effort to stop the development of a large-scale condo project in the Historic District.
2008   John Dengler died.
2008   Preservation Journal created and funded by volunteers to chronicle the restoration history of North and South Main. Thousands of hours have been invested in this ongoing project.
2009   First year of the Rendezvous in St. Charles Photo Contest, sponsored by South Main Preservation Society and managed by volunteers. Initially funded by SMPS with funds from the sale of ads/links on the Rendezvous in St. Charles website; later funding was from the Arts & Culture Commission. The successful annual event continued until funding was withdrawn by the city in 2013 for Rendezvous events.

Rendezvous in St. Charles website created, funded and managed by SMPS volunteers to provide: display site for Rendezvous in St. Charles Photo Contest, funding and promotion of Rendezvous events.

Historic Main Street website created, funded and managed by SMPS volunteers to provide information for merchants, residents and property owners of both North and South Main.

2010   First year of Rendezvous Ramble, annual bike ride sponsored and funded by South Main Preservation Society, managed by volunteers. Discontinued in 2013 due to withdrawal of city funding for Rendezvous events.

Annual spring planting project created and managed by South Main Preservation Society volunteers to provide topiary/barrel plantings on South Main and light pole baskets on North Main. Currently funded by CVB.

Wedding St. Charles website and brochures created to promote wedding-related Main Street businesses.

2011   First concert of the annual Rendezvous in St. Charles Concert Series, sponsored by South Main Preservation Society, managed by volunteers, featured musicians from the St. Louis Symphony. This successful event was discontinued when funding for Rendezvous events was withdrawn by the city in 2013.

A city councilman proposed that the South Main gaslights be changed to electric. South Main Preservation Society opposed. No action was taken to change the gaslights.

Newsletter created, managed and distributed by South Main Preservation Society to provide current information to merchants, residents and property owners on South Main.

2012   Historic District zoning changed to allow live music in Historic District businesses with liquor licenses until 8pm outdoors and 9pm indoors. South Main Preservation Society opposed with concerns for the impact on quality of life and neighborhood character due to music and nighttime drinking activities in our mixed use Historic District neighborhood.

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Reconstruction of street, sidewalks, gaslights south of Boone's Lick Rd.

2013   Historic District zoning changed to allow banquet centers in LMPD zoning south of Boone's Lick. The zoning change was opposed by South Main Preservation Society due to concerns on the impact of large-scale alcohol-related businesses on quality of life and Historic District integrity on South Main.
2014   Strings 'n Straw event created and managed by South Main Preservation Society volunteers, funded by CVB.
2015   Historic District zoning developed during restoration prohibited the display of outdoor merchandise on South Main; Council changed legislation to allow the display of merchandise outdoors: stacked 4' high on sidewalk with a 44" path, affixed to facades and shutters, may cover 50% of yard. South Main Preservation Society and Old Town Neighborhood Association opposed as the ambience and appearance of the South Main Historic District are a primary draw for visitors and a critical point of protecting and preserving Historic District integrity. The bill in favor of displaying outdoor merchandise in the Historic District passed Council with one dissenting vote by our Ward 2 Councilman. See info >>

Historic Distric zoning changed to extend the hours of live music in South Main Historic District businesses with liquor licenses to 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights. See info >>

     
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