This unique historical building is the only commercial stone building surviving in Downtown Lee's Summit. It represents a modest utilitarian, but solid construction linked to two important local families: The H.J. Hess family, (the architect), and the W.C. Cooper family, (the builder). The Ice House served Lee's Summit as a meat packing business, an Ice House, an automobile garage, an antique store and an antique auction business. The City of Lee's Summit bought it and should repurpose it to be part of the voter approved "Downtown City Market Plaza." Once listed on the National Register of Historic Places, our City of Lee's Summit should identify a private-for-business entity to operate the Ice House and benefit from generous tax credits for approved restoration, 25% State of Missouri plus 20% Federal Government for approved restoration work.
Update #3about a month ago
Hello to all! Here is the latest media post on the Ice House by Preserve MO. We thank them very much for their outstanding work! Here is the link: You may cut and paste if not clickable ...https://preservemo.org/1896-ice-house/
Update #22 months ago
Hello and thanks to all of you who kindly signed the petition. It was delivered to the City Council during the Sept. 6, 2022 meeting. It was a true preservation apocalypse. It was totally ignored by city officials who focussed on a half baked presentation made by the developper and the architect for the proposed Downtown City Plaza. The flawed dollar figures for the cost of restore the Ice House, 3 M$ didn't take into account the cost of the new building 1.2 M$.
Update #12 months ago
Hello my Friends! Thanks so much for your kind support. The City Council shall be meeting on Tuesday September 6 at 6pm at City Hall. The Ice House is on the agenda! We absolutely need you to show your support and attend! You can even speak at City Council during the public comments session. Sign in right before the meeting's start. Be there early! Michel.
Regular Session NO. 13 City Council Chambers and Via Video Conference 220 SE Green Street Lee's Summit, MO 64063