Historic SeMo Home Becomes "A Nightmare"

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - The Reynolds House in Cape Girardeau hardly looks like a building that is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Over the years, the 150-year-old building has fallen into disrepair.  Plywood sheets cover holes in the floor.  The kitchen floor wood is spongy.  Braces hold the north wall in place.

Now, officials with the historical association that owns the home are wrestling with what to do with it.  One buyer offered $20,000, but planned to tear it down.

James Reynolds ran Cape Girardeau's flour mill.  The home he built in 1857 reflects French colonia and Georgian cottage styles.

Southeast Missouri State history professor Bonnie Stepenoff says the house represents an historical period before the Civil War, and needs to be maintained.

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