Muchenberger Center (former) – St. Joseph MO

Description

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) refurbished an old factory and turned it into a neighborhood center, primarily serving impoverished children. The idle Muchenberger Center resides at what had been the corner of 5th Street and Sycamore Street before highway development in the area.

News Express Now: “Between 1936 and 1938 Works Progress Administration workers worked with a local architect to modify the building and grounds to turn it from a factory into a recreational center.”

Today, the building is barely noticeable, tucked at the end of a long driveway north of Hickory Street between a highway interchange cloverleaf and the train tracks.

Source notes

"Muchenberger center had goal to address a community need":
https://www.newspressnow.com/news/local_news/muchenberger-center-had-goal-to-address-a-community-need/article_71a7c474-eb77-11e9-92b1-67ae307de1af.html (accessed Apr. 10, 2022)

Project originally submitted by Barbara Pendleton on April 10, 2022.
Additional contributions by Evan Kalish.

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Location Info


2204 S 5th St.
St. Joseph, MO 64501

Coordinates: 39.74664, -94.85456

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