Missouri historian Brett Rogers will be the guest speaker at the Boonslick Historical Society Spring meeting April 13 at the historic Fayette First Christian Church, 307 N. Church St. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and the general public is invited
Rogers will make a presentation that explores the life and work of Ludwig Abt, one of the most important Missouri architects of the 20th century, and his influence on the architectural landscape of small-town Missouri. Special attention will be paid to Abt’s work in Howard, Cooper and surrounding counties and the preservation of these unique architectural landmarks.
In a prolific career that spanned over a half century, the German-born Abt designed some of the most important and recognizable landmarks in central and northern Missouri. Between 1912, when he first opened his office in Moberly, until his formal retirement in 1965, Abt designed well over 250 structures—schools, churches (including the First Christian churches in Fayette and Boonville), hospitals, theaters, lodges, residences, and other types of private and public buildings throughout the region and beyond.
Rogers, who specializes in architectural history, holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in social studies and history from the University of Missouri-Columbia. A resident of Boonville and member of the Boonslick Historical Society Board of directors, Rogers is an instructor of history at Missouri Valley College. He also teaches history at Columbia College and William Woods University.
The Fayette First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was organized about 1830 and originally met in homes and possibly in a log school building. In 1845, members purchased the Methodist Church building at the corner of what is now Church and Spring streets. This original frame building was replaced in 1886. When that building burned, the current church edifice, designed by Ludwig Abt, was completed in 1917.