Future of historic Cape Girardeau schoolhouse in doubt

Friday, February 3, 2012 | 12:54 p.m. CST

CAPE GIRARDEAU — The future of Hanover Lutheran School in Cape Girardeau, a one-room schoolhouse built in 1924, is in question.

Students attended first through eighth grade at the school for more than 30 years before it closed in 1957. The school and the adjacent Old Hanover Lutheran Church are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and still house historic memorabilia.

But the Southeast Missourian reported that the 88-year-old building has fallen into disrepair. Building inspectors found it in violation of three city codes.

Pastor Anthony Kobak said the congregation will vote in April whether to fix it or tear it down. At least one parishioner is already seeking pledges to pay for restoration.

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