Take a walk through history with this database created by architectural historian Deb Sheals for the city’s Historic Preservation Commission.
It is part of the city’s Most Notable Historic Properties program, which began around 1998 and has named properties to the list every year except for 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020.
The presentation notes the program has highlighted 188 properties! Those have included the Niedermeyer Apartments, the Columbia Cemetery and Jewell Cemetery. On the list are 95 houses, 17 commercial buildings, four theaters, 10 churches, four cemeteries and 22 educational properties.
Sheals’ writing highlights the work of 24 historical architects including Mary Louise Hale, Harry Satterlee Bill, M. Fred Bell and James Jamieson. House styles included range from Victorian to Craftsman to Shotgun.
The report highlights the slated for demolition by MU Parker Memorial Hospital, built in 1900, and the city’s only hospital for many years, the database reports.
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My dad John F. Lee built the Perry and Ella Phillips house at 711 Thilly Ave. in the mid 1950’s. He also built Coach Don & Mary Faurot’s house on W. Brandon Rd in the 1950s. My dad was Columbia’s Assistant City Manager in the late 1950s leaving Columbia in 1959.
Thanks for your comments! Do you have any early photographs of these homes? I would love to see them!