Boonville in Cooper County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
High Street Oﬃce Building
The two story part of the building to the west of the 3-1/2 story part of the building was built in 1822 as the Ballantine House which served as a hotel. This German Style brick structure is one of the oldest still standing in Boonville and in fact West of the Mississippi. The 3-1/2 story part was added in the 1830's. The wings on each end were added a story at a time in the 1870's and 1880's. At its peak, the hotel had 55 rooms and had a bath house, kitchen, and dining room as well as four bathrooms. The remaining central stair way is original. A cooking and baking beehive oven can still be accessed from the basement. There is now a protective structure over the outside top of the oven on the North side of the building.
The hotel had various names over the years and many owners. The most notable were the Pierce's Mansion House and the Commercial Hotel. The hotel catered to river, rail, and land traffic along the Missouri River and was a popular dining and sleeping establishment. Interstate 70 bypassed Boonville and the hotel finally closed in 1972.
National Register of Historic Places 1983
Vaughn X. Prost, developer and builder, purchased the property in 2001 with a vision to restore the historic hotel into class "A" office space. Prost Builders of Jefferson City, Missouri, the design builder, completed
Erected by Vaughn X. Prost.
Location. 38° 58.65′ N, 92° 44.725′ W. Marker is in Boonville, Missouri, in Cooper County. Marker is on High Street near 4th Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 409 East High Street, Boonville MO 65233, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Boonville Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Cooper County World War Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Capture of Boonville (about 400 feet away); Cooper County Korea - Vietnam War Memorial (about 400 feet away); Frederick T. Kemper (about 400 feet away); George Caleb Bingham (about 400 feet away); Walter Williams (about 400 feet away); James Milton Turner (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Boonville.
Also see . . . Cooper County, Missouri, Historical Sites. (Submitted on August 9, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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