Thad Bullock owned Marquette Tower from 1969 until his death in 1999. He was a jovial eccentric man who never experienced a loss for words.
Bullock’s career included owning a music store on Marquette Tower’s first floor and running for Congress multiple times. He never gained office, partly because he lacked party support. Bullock continued campaigning anyway just to meet and entertain people with his piano and organ playing.
After Thad’s passing, his four children maintained the building’s ownership until 2002. The City of Cape Girardeau condemned the building in 2000 and considered requiring the Bullock family to pay for its removal. Bullock’s daughter Janet Bullock Kessler said, “It would have bankrupted our family, so it’s a miracle that it sold (to the State of Missouri). It has great artistic work and a great foundation. I’m glad they renovated it.”
Community members shared Kessler’s sentiment. Former Cape Girardeau Mayor Jay Knudsen once said the Marquette Tower is part of the very fabric of Cape Girardeau. “I got it. It took me a while, but I got it. It takes many people coming together to make a project like this (Marquette Tower’s renovation) happen.”
Located on the second floor of the Marquette Tower, your group will appreciate
- An overhead view of the beautifully restored Marquette lobby
- Private space suitable for meetings, group dining and more
- Baristas Coffee Bar’s service and dining options, which include artisan quality coffees, a full food menu and alcoholic beverages
- Historic surroundings that have been revived by occupying businesses