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…

Tickets are on sale for our annual Homes Tour!  For more information, click on the Homes Tour tab above.  In other news, we are in the final stages of obtaining a lease with the Veterans’ Administration for the Caretaker’s Cottage at the National Cemetery here in town.  We are also nearly ready to assist home owners who qualify for the Residential Down Payment Incentive program through the city with additional funds through October 31, 2017.  To learn more about the down payment program go to:


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.

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

September 5, 2017
  • City Council Meeting - September 5, 2017

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

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

September 9, 2017
  • Golden Hammer Award - September 9, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    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.


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.