Historic Preservation

The Magnificent Gillioz – From Deserted to Dazzling


Opened in 1926, the Gillioz Theatre was the largest and grandest movie palace in Southwest Missouri. Designed with a Spanish theme with Mediterranean, Italian, and Moroccan influences, the theater was constructed by M.E. Gillioz for approximately $300,000 (that’s more than $4.1 million in 2017).  On October 11th, 1926, opening night, the main feature was the […]

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Celebrating Historic Spaces & Places in the Queen City


This year we are celebrating our building’s 80th birthday! Take a look back with us as we revisit the history of our building along with other historic sites in the Springfield area. Springfield Seed Co. / 319 N Main – 1936 Before it housed Butler, Rosenbury & Partners, it was originally Springfield Seed Co. Office […]

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A Master Plan for the “Little House” Homestead


The Laura Ingalls Wilder Home & Museum is located on a 173-acre historic site, Rocky Ridge Farm, near Mansfield, approximately 50 miles from Springfield. It’s where Laura Ingalls Wilder carried out her writing career – first, as a journalist for the Missouri Ruralist and other publications, and then as an author of a celebrated series […]

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Park Central Square

by Tim Rosenbury, AIA

Tim, a principal at Butler, Rosenbury & Partners, was partner in charge of the Park Central Square rehabilitation project. In 1836 Springfield founder John Polk Campbell set aside the space now known as Park Central Square. He called it Public Square. The most recent rehabilitation marks the 1972 version as the longest-lived version of the […]

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Park Central Square by the Numbers

Times that the Springfield Public Square has changed significantly since 1838: 6 Number of years that “The Pie” occupied Springfield’s Public Square: 38 Number of years (and counting) for Lawrence Halprin & Associates’ Park Central Square: 40 Number of interim revisions to Halprin & Associates’ Park Central Square from 1971 to 2010: 1 Number of […]

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2010 AIA Springfield Design Awards

by Christopher Swan, AIA

Last night, BR&P was presented a Merit Award at the AIA Springfield Design Awards for our restoration project of the historic First Church of Christ, Scientist located in Midtown Springfield.  The Professional Jury bestowing this award sponsored by AIA Springfield consisted of Anne Marie Decker, AIA, Principal with Duvall Decker Architects, P.A., Roy T. Decker, […]

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Simmons’ Stable – Entry Five

A multitude of injuries have pulled star athletes out of the game. Benched, people soon forget about the star that was once their hero. But some fans never falter, urging their hero to push on and return to the game. Following weeks and months of intensive rehabilitation, the athlete makes his return. Although he looks […]

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Simmons’ Stable – Entry Four

It’s a rainy Sunday afternoon when I sit down excitedly to piece together a puzzle that’s been hiding away in my closet, patiently waiting for me to find time to unify its scattered pieces. I only have one problem, some of the pieces are missing and I’m not entirely sure what they look like or […]

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Simmons’ Stables – Entry Three

Simmons’ Stables is interlaced in the rich fabric of many great pasts. It’s a critical piece of local, state and national history, contributing significantly to the development of Saddlebred history as well as the early history of the African American horseman, Tom Bass.  The great legacy makes it a perfect candidate for a public-private partnership […]

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Simmons’ Stable – Entry Two

Driving down West Boulevard, it’s hard to miss the large white stable that sits just 40 yards off the road. Not far from the city square, it’s nestled among quiet homes, a bustling elementary school and a scattering of civic structures. Many who reside in Mexico know of the stable’s former glory; others who see […]

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