Karen Bode Baxter, Preservation Specialist
5811 Delor St.
St. Louis, MO 63109
Since 1993, Karen Bode Baxter has worked as a preservation consultant for property owners, real estate development teams, and architects on historic tax credit applications and National Register nominations in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma and New York. She has supervised the historic tax credit applications for hundreds of projects, ranging from small houses to commercial rehabilitation projects of all sizes, and costing from $40,000 to $500 million. Although most of her current projects are in the Saint Louis metropolitan area, she has recently worked on projects in a number of other Missouri communities, including Springfield, Ironton, Kirksville, Hannibal, Park Hills, Arcadia, De Soto, Cape Girardeau and Ste. Genevieve.
She is certified as an historian and an architectural historian with over 35 years of historic preservation experience. She and her staff have worked together listing more than 70 individual properties and 19 historic districts on the National Register of Historic Places. She completed her doctorate course work in history and historic preservation at Oklahoma State University and she has her Economic Development, Promotion and Design Certifications from the National Main Street Center’s Certification Institute in Professional Downtown Management. Prior to coming to St. Louis in 1995 she worked for 7 years with historic downtown redevelopment programs connected with the National Main Street Center in Iowa and Oklahoma. She is a past president of Missouri Preservation and an Advisory Board Member of Missouri Main Street Connection.