HCJ Mission: To proactively preserve our historic resources and create an environment that makes preservation a viable focus for the future of
Jefferson City.

Our Goal

The Historic City of Jefferson (HCJ), founded in 1983, strives to preserve the history of Jefferson City, while moving toward the future.  Our members learn to appreciate and share our history and work together to educate, advocate, and strive to prevent the loss of historical buildings.  Through the Oral History program, stories about “the old days” are gathered and saved.  As a member of the Historic City of Jefferson, you will enjoy many interesting, exciting programs and activities, including:

  • Annual Dinner Meeting
  • Educational Programs and Events
  • Golden Hammer Award
  • Full Color Quarterly Newsletter
  • Homes Tours
  • Notices about pertinent preservation issues





From the President…

We are very excited that the Jefferson City Planning & Zoning Commission is recommending that the City Council approve the current Historic Preservation Ordinance with two changes! (see below)


Residential Down Payment Incentives – through this city program, grants from the HCJ Foundation are assisting 5 new home owners of older properties in Old Town!

In the News…

Historic Preservation (Demolition) Ordinance:  The Jefferson City Planning & Zoning Commission recommends approval of the current Historic Preservation Ordinance with the following changes:  that denial of demolition can take place if a building is 75 years or older and meets certain criteria, and that if a building is demolished without going through the proper procedure, the offender faces a fine up to $1000 and/or jail time.  To see the letter sent to the city regarding HCJ’s position, please click here.  The Historic Preservation Commission addressed this at their meeting on November 14 and are recommending the option for denial if a building is 50 years or older. The first reading of the bill in front of the City Council is expected on December 18.  The final scheduled public hearing will take place at the City Council meeting on January 2, 2018. The latest draft can be found on the city’s website at http://www.jeffersoncitymo.gov/live_play/history_heritage/historic_preservation.php and click on “Public Works & Planning Committee September 21, 2017 Memo.”

East Capitol Avenue:  Reference www.jeffersoncitymo.gov, Planning and Zoning tab to see the city-related documents, and www.jchamo.org Urban Renewal tab for Jefferson City Housing Authority information.


Historic Southside/Old Munichburg District & Neighborhood Plan: http://www.jeffersoncitymo.gov/government/planning/index.php . This was accepted by the Planning and Zoning Commission in July, and then accepted by the City Council.


Upcoming Events

November 20, 2017
  • City Council Meeting - November 20, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Check the city website for the agenda and packet, www.jeffersoncitymo.gov.

    320 E McCarty St, Jefferson City, MO 65101, USA

December 4, 2017
  • City Council Meeting - December 4, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Check the city website for the agenda and packet, www.jeffersoncitymo.gov.

    City Hall, 320 E McCarty Street, Jefferson City, MO

Thomas Lawson Price Society

The Thomas Lawson Price Society (TLP) is a special group within HCJ, named after the first Mayor of Jefferson City

Golden Hammer Award

The Golden Hammer Award recognizes those in our community who are restoring our historic structures.

HCJ Foundation

The Foundation exists to preserve an individual’s own personal interest in the historic significance that this community offers.