SeMo Plans to Tear Down Historic House

JULY 21, 2005 - Posted at 4:27 p.m. CDT

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - Southeast Missouri State University is under fire for the planned demolition of a century-old brick house to expand a parking lot.

The Cape Girardeau school has a nationally known historic preservation program.  But the university decided to tear down the structure, citing high renovation costs.

The house has been used as a professor's residence, a series of apartments and for a student newspaper.  The school would also have to make the two-story building accessible to the handicapped.

Preservation advocates and students said the university should have worked harder to find a solution other than demolition.  Officials said the building will be torn down next month.

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