2023 Preservation Awards

Preservation Month People Saving PlacesOn May 10, ESHPC Chairperson Betty Bissell presented the 2023 Preservation Awards to recipients. Owner Occupied was awarded to 420 Concourse. Commercial awards were made to Parings by Van Till, 417 S. Thompson Ave. and The Atlas Saloon, 200 W. Broadway. An Investment Property award was presented for 522 Elms Blvd. at the June 14 meeting. Congratulations to all of the 2023 award recipients! See projects here.



Susan and Ben Blaser award, Casa Di Vite

Casa Di Vite owners Susan and Ben Blaser, left, traveled to Jefferson City in April to accept a Preserve Missouri Award, accompanied by councilwoman Sonya Morgan and Economic Development Director Melinda Mehaffy. The Preserve Missouri Awards recognize outstanding efforts and projects from around the state that exemplify best practices in preservation. The Blasers and their business were among eleven recipients recognized for their contributions to historic preservation in Missouri. Susan Blaser accepted a local recognition award from the Excelsior Springs Historic Preservation Commission in May during May Historic Preservation Month.

Jason Van Till, Pairings

Jason Van Till of Pairings by Van Till accepts a Historic Preservation Award from ESHPC Chairperson Betty Bissell for restoration of a commercial building on Thompson Ave.

Ron Pruitt, restorer of historic doctor's home

Ron Pruitt receives a Historic Preservation Award from ESHPC Chairperson Betty Bissell for restoration of a historic doctor’s home on Elms Blvd.

Not pictured: Roger Smith, owner of 420 Concourse Ave.

Jimmy McCullough,The  Atlas Saloon

Jimmy McCullough, owner of The Atlas Saloon on Broadway Ave., and members of his staff, accepted a Historic Preservation Award from ESHPC Chairperson Betty Bissell. The Atlas Saloon, a non-contributing building in downtown Excelsior Springs, was repainted to look like the original Atlas Saloon on the corner of Broadway Ave. and Main St.