Missouri's Oldest Town
The Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization that was founded in 1967 with the expressed purpose of promoting preservation and restoration of historic structures and other property that illustrate Ste. Genevieve's early history and culture. The Foundation also supports the acquisition of knowledge concerning the early settlements and its people by maintaining and sharing the area's history with the public.
In order to accomplish our mission, the Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve:
Maintains and presents the 1806 Jacques Guibourd Historic House, a registered NRHP Site, and provides public tours, events & services.
Maintains and presents the 1813 Kiel Schwent historic house as its administrative office, and the location of the Mecker Research Library on its premises, as a source of information on the history of the area.
Manages the restoration and upkeep of Ste. Genevieve's Memorial Cemetery.
Provides guidance and assistance to individuals, organizations, and governments desiring to preserve and restore Ste. Genevieve's historic structures.
Promotes tourism as a means to preserve Ste. Genevieve's French Colonial History.
Maintains a Speakers Bureau presenting informative presentations on the area, its people and customs at no cost for non profit organizations.
Provides educational awards to stimulate further interest in the area of historic preservation.
Come visit Ste. Genevieve and explore its rich French Colonial history!
For more information about Ste. Genevieve attractions, lodging, and dining, go to visitstegen.com
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Foundation Receives Grants
In February of this year, we were notified that we were the recipient of a major grant through The 1772 Foundation. Based in Providence, Rhode Island, The 1772 Foundation, through their grant program, plays a leading role in promoting historic properties redevelopment programs, and preserving American historical entities. The Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve was awarded the $15,000 grant for the express purpose of developing a feasibility study, known as a revolving fund feasibility study, for a project that could eventually lead to redevelopment and restoration of certain properties within the historic district. The pandemic put the project on hold for a time, but we have secured the services of Southeast Missouri Regional Planning to perform the necessary requirements for the feasibility study, which is scheduled to be completed by early November.
We also received a $5,000 grant to be applied to operating expenses during the pandemic through the Missouri Humanities Council.
The Foundation expresses its thanks to both organizations for this financial assistance to further its mission.
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Preservation and Restoration
Ste. Genevieve is home to the best collection French Colonial architectural treasures
including three of the five existing poteaux en terre (posts in the ground) buildings remaining in the United States as well as many poteaux sur solle (posts on sill) structures. In addition, the town includes early 19th century American and German vernacular buildings that show the influence of migrations into the area after the Louisiana Purchase.
As part of its mission, the Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve actively sup- ports the preservation and restoration of these important buildings.
The Ste. Genevieve National Historic Landmark district was established in and recog- nizes the historic and cultural importance of the town’s buildings.
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The Foundation has developed a Guide for Homeowners in the Historic District to help them understand the ordinances, standards, and available tax credits applicable to the District. To download the guide, click the button below.
For more information on historic preservation:
Secretary of the Interior: Standards for Rehabilitation
National Park Services: Technical Description of Standards