JOPLIN, MO.--- A historic Joplin building reaches a major milestone. The Frisco Building celebrated its 100th anniversary today. City officials say they're happy to see the building has maintained its historical integrity after all this time.
"When you have a historic building like this, once it's gone, it's gone forever. But we, fortunately, were able to save this building from destruction and renovate it and she's just a queen of the city," said John Jones, Economic Security Corporation.
It was originally known as the Saint Louis and San Franciso Railroad Building, and later become known as the Frisco Building. It opened in 1913 as a railroad station with stores and offices in the heart of Joplin's central business district.
"Whenever your downtown, it is so essential to the community. It is just, basically, a place where you can come and enjoy the town as it was originally," said Jones.
In 2003, the Economic Security Corporation partnered up with the Snyder Company and Carlson Garner to restore the building. It was turned into affordable senior housing, while still maintaining the historical architecture.
"We sometimes take it for granted and forget what all happened before us. And you think of so many stories, so many people, and the idea of preserving that is not only in the building itself, but in the stories that tell about the history," said Brad Belk, Joplin Museum Complex Director.
The Frisco Building is on the National Register of Historic Places. That means it will be preserved for future generations.
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