Many people walk by a building and may not give it a second thought. But have you ever wondered about the history of the building, the businesses that have called it home, or the people that have walked in and out of its doors? Sometimes remembering our past can be fun and rewarding, but it can give us a sense of where we came from and where we are going.

The Commerce Center at 514 Washington has been home to many businesses, including: a dentist by the name of E B Stubbs, a lawyer by the name of Fred S Hudson, The Farmers Store, multiple real estate agencies, an insurance agency, and much more. Currently, it houses Main Street Chillicothe, Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater Chillicothe Visitors Region, and Chillicothe Arts Council. These are just a few of the businesses that have been housed between its walls since the late 1800ís! Through that time, Chillicothe has seen many changes in the people that have lived here, the way business is conducted, etc. One thing that has remained constant is the buildings that have helped facilitate these changes.

William Murtagh, the first keeper at the National Register of Historic Places, said, "It has been said that, at its best, preservation engages the past in a conversation with the present over a mutual concern for the future." Each one of these historic buildings has a story behind it. These buildings each have incredibly detailed architectural features that make each one unique from the others around it. Preserving these historic and cultural resources in our town not only helps to preserve the story of each building, but allows Chillicothe to continue to be a cultural destination for visitors and residents. It helps our thriving town claim a sense of a place here in northwest Missouri. Once these buildings are torn down, they are lost forever; preserving these treasures the right way is key to preserving our town.

Main Street Chillicothe has taken an active role in the preservation of these buildings. Main Street offers a 50/50 grant to building and business owners in the downtown who want to make the necessary changes to preserve their building for future generations. Since Main Street Chillicothe formed in 2001, over 30 buildings have taken advantage of this program.

If you have not done so in awhile, I would encourage you to walk around downtown and take in the beauty of these buildings. Think about all the people that have walked these same streets and sidewalks that you are. Actively help to preserve these important resources by shopping in one of our many retail stores and eating lunch in one of our five restaurants. Each building has its own story; preserving that history allows future generations to continue to build upon that story.

Many people walk by a building and may not give it a second thought. But have you ever wondered about the history of the building, the businesses that have called it home, or the people that have walked in and out of its doors? Sometimes remembering our past can be fun and rewarding, but it can give us a sense of where we came from and where we are going. The Commerce Center at 514 Washington has been home to many businesses, including: a dentist by the name of E B Stubbs, a lawyer by the name of Fred S Hudson, The Farmers Store, multiple real estate agencies, an insurance agency, and much more. Currently, it houses Main Street Chillicothe, Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater Chillicothe Visitors Region, and Chillicothe Arts Council. These are just a few of the businesses that have been housed between its walls since the late 1800ís! Through that time, Chillicothe has seen many changes in the people that have lived here, the way business is conducted, etc. One thing that has remained constant is the buildings that have helped facilitate these changes. William Murtagh, the first keeper at the National Register of Historic Places, said, "It has been said that, at its best, preservation engages the past in a conversation with the present over a mutual concern for the future." Each one of these historic buildings has a story behind it. These buildings each have incredibly detailed architectural features that make each one unique from the others around it. Preserving these historic and cultural resources in our town not only helps to preserve the story of each building, but allows Chillicothe to continue to be a cultural destination for visitors and residents. It helps our thriving town claim a sense of a place here in northwest Missouri. Once these buildings are torn down, they are lost forever; preserving these treasures the right way is key to preserving our town. Main Street Chillicothe has taken an active role in the preservation of these buildings. Main Street offers a 50/50 grant to building and business owners in the downtown who want to make the necessary changes to preserve their building for future generations. Since Main Street Chillicothe formed in 2001, over 30 buildings have taken advantage of this program. If you have not done so in awhile, I would encourage you to walk around downtown and take in the beauty of these buildings. Think about all the people that have walked these same streets and sidewalks that you are. Actively help to preserve these important resources by shopping in one of our many retail stores and eating lunch in one of our five restaurants. Each building has its own story; preserving that history allows future generations to continue to build upon that story.