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Historic Buildings & Structures

Robert J. Trulaske Jr.'s interest and appreciation of St. Louis’ history and historic architecture is reflected in this program area.

This program supports four different approaches to maintain historic properties: preservation, restoration, rehabilitation and reconstruction. Descriptions provided by the National Park Service are below.

Preservation: focuses on the maintenance and repair of existing historic materials and retention of a property's form as it has evolved over time.

Restoration: acknowledges the need to alter or add to a historic property to meet continuing or changing uses while retaining the property's historic character.

Rehabilitation: depicts a property at a particular period of time in its history, while removing evidence of other periods.

Reconstruction: re-creates vanished or non-surviving portions of a property for interpretive purposes.

The Foundation may provide matching funds for Historic Preservation Fund grant applications supporting projects in the City of St. Louis and north St. Louis County. Annual federal allocations administered by the State Historic Preservation Office require a 40% match from applicants.

The Foundation may provide funding for repairs to historic structures such as bridges.


  • Projects located in the City of St. Louis and north St. Louis County
  • Properties owned by the City or non-profit organizations, particularly those serving disadvantaged communities, including low-income communities and people of color.
  • Historic properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Designated local historic landmarks

Examples of Potential Eligible Costs

  • Qualified rehabilitation expenses specified by the National Park Service's Technical Preservation Services Bulletins
  • Building repair and rehabilitation
  • Stabilization and reinforcement
  • Restoration of original features
  • Capital expenditures, such as building acquisition
  • Evidence based replication of historical appearance
  • Preservation activities, such as painting, repointing, and applying corrosion inhibitors
  • Removal and replacement/replication of degraded materials
  • Scaffolding and fencing
  • Condition assessments
  • Engineering, construction, and repair documents
  • Permitting fees
  • Project management
  • Signage
  • Architectural drawings and renderings
  • Retrofitting of historic buildings to improve energy efficiency
  • The installation of solar panels on a historic property
  • The weatherization of a large historic building to reduce energy consumption
  • Environmental justice and equity preferences apply

Examples of Previously Supported Projects

Other Previously Supported Projects

City of St. Louis

  • Historic YMCA Building Preservation (Mission St. Louis)
  • Restoration of the Front Facade, "Central to Your World: The Campaign for the St. Louis Public Library" (Grantee: SLPL Foundation)
  • Steeple and Stained Glassed Windows (Grantee: St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church) 
  • Tower Grove Park West Gatehouse Historic Restoration Project 
  • St. Louis Wonder Academy Windows and Exterior Repairs (Grantee: KIPP)

St. Louis County

  • Hanley House, Restoration of the Rear Porch (Grantee: Clayton Century Foundation)
  • Mudd's Grove Historic House Museum, front porch repairs (Grantee: Kirkwood Historical Society)

St. Charles County

  • Daniel Boone Home fire suppression system (Grantee: Daniel Boone Home and Village, currently Lindenwood University)
  • Daniel Boone Home Historical Village Repairs and Restoration (Grantee: Lindenwood University)

Portland, Maine

  • Historic Preservation (Grantee: Victoria Mansion)