Berry Building Receives State Honor

On Wednesday, Missouri Preservation will present the Preserve Missouri Award to John Ott for his renovation of the Berry Building, a former warehouse and grocery at 1025-33 Walnut Street.

Once nearly derelict, today the 33,000-square-foot building gleams with PS Gallery and Independent Staves, a firm that manufactures and sells wine and whiskey barrels all over the world, sharing the street level space. The first tenant was Wilson’s Fitness on the lower level and all 12 of the luxury loft apartments on the upper floors are leased.

Missouri Preservation is a nonprofit dedicated to historic preservation promotion, support and coordination. The event is sponsored by a number of firms including Commerce Bank and Murry’s Restaurant, and will include presentation ceremony, luncheon and keynote address by Lt. Governor Peter Kinder.

It’s the first time a Columbia building has been among the buildings honored by Missouri Preservation since 2008, when 1927 Central Dairy building was honored. The year prior, 2007, both the Howard Municipal Building and Gentry Buildings on Broadway were honored.

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