Celebrate history Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014

History from the New Deal to family cemeteries will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. reception honoring the 2014 Most Notable Properties named by the City of Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission.

The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, click here. The event is held in the historic Daniel Boone Lobby at 701 East Broadway in downtown Columbia.

This year, one of the properties to be honored is Lee Elementary School, a 1934 building constructed using federal New Deal funds. Such projects were funded in an effort during the Great Depression to put the unemployed to work building public projects, according to a Columbia Daily Tribune article published Feb. 3, 2014.

The Fairview Cemetery, family maintained for more than 50 years, is another recipient of the honor, according to a Missourian Jan 31-Feb. 1, 2014 article.

Other properties to be named to the Most Notable Properties list are Fairview United Methodist Church, 1320 Fairview Road, the Francis Pike house at 1520 Anthony St., and the Dr. James E. Thornton and Bessie Thornton house at 905 S. Providence Road.

The city has been naming properties to this list since 1998. Qualifying properties must be at least 50 years old, within the city limits and have architectural or historic features that contribute to the city’s social and/or aesthetic resources, according to the city announcement of the event.

Properties named to the list have ranged from brick streets to the Blue Note, from Stephens Stables to several of Columbia’s churches.

For more information or to see what other properties have been named to this list, see Columbia’s Most Notable Properties, go to this City of Columbia page.

The list might not include your favorite historic building or the properties listed might not fulfill your idea of historic. What properties would you name to the list? Which properties would you take off the list?

Nominations are typically taken in October so if you have a property you’d like to see on the list, mark your calendar now — for tomorrow’s even and for making a nomination in October.



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