O’FALLON, Mo. (KMOV) – Residents in O’Fallon want their city leaders to restore the oldest house in the entire area.
The Krekel House, located near city hall, was built in 1856. Over the years the house has been a post office, a daycare center and served other purposes.
But it’s currently empty.
O’Fallon bought it in 2007 with plans to renovate, but the recession changed the city’s plans.
Now city leaders are asking taxpayers to consider spending money to preserve the historic house, something that could cost a few hundred thousand dollars.
“They want to make sure we can protect it going forward and that’s something we’re very interested in doing,” said Tom Drabelle, who works for the city. “It’s just a matter of what’s the right plan for it, how much it’s going to cost and where the money’s going to come from.”
The city says while it doesn’t have the money right now, preserving the house remains a high priority.