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…

Heritage Village at the Salute to America celebration was started years ago by the Historic City of Jefferson, and then went on to other hands.  This year, HCJ sponsored this event once again.  Thanks to all who came to check this out on that hot and steamy day!  To see some photos, go to https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1436587809720705.1073741898.141446172568215&type=1&l=f0c5f320ac


In the News…

At the Historic Preservation Commission meeting on July 11, it was requested that city staff start looking at codes/ordinances in other communities regarding “local historic district” designation.  To see the city’s current code, go to www.jeffersoncitymo.gov and click on Government, then City Code, then Chapter 8, Article IV. Preservation and Conservation.

Adoption of updated Building Codes will come before the City Council on July 17, 6 pm.

Historic Preservation (Demolition) Ordinance and related documents:   After review by the Public Works & Planning Committee on June 22, the City plans to further revise this ordinance to include a three-tiered approach.  As part of this process, the City will also review the current requirements for designating local historic districts, hoping to make it easier to gain this recognition. http://www.jeffersoncitymo.gov/government/planning_and_protective_services.php.

Historic Southside/Old Munichburg District & Neighborhood Plan, sponsored by Capitol Region Medical Center and completed by H3 Studios: http://www.jeffersoncitymo.gov/government/planning/index.php .  A Public Hearing will be scheduled.

East Capitol Avenue:   http://www.jeffersoncitymo.gov/government/planning/index.php. (East Capitol Avenue Urban Renewal Plan, Blight Study, and the list of Infrastructure Improvements)

Upcoming Events

July 22, 2017
  • Golden Hammer Award 601 Jackson St - July 22, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Historic City of Jefferson is very excited to recognize Lincoln University for their continued care of the president's residence - our July Golden Hammer Award winner! This very stately limestone home has graced the bluff on Jackson Street for 104 years. Both the City of Jefferson and Lincoln University are rich in history and this home has been witness to a brief history of time of both these institutions making it an even more beautifully unique home. Golden Hammer Awards, given for successful renovation of the exterior of a historic building, are generally scheduled for the 2nd Saturday of the month, May through September.

    601 Jackson Street

August 3, 2017
  • Fundraiser at Chipotle - August 3, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

    Bring in the flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Historic City of Jefferson. If placing an order online, please note you must choose the pay in-store option and inform our cashier of your participation before paying. Gift card purchases during fundraisers do not count towards total donated sales, but purchases made with an existing gift card count.

    Chipotle Mexican Grill, 1400 Missouri Blvd, 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.