This package is the result of a partnership between a class at the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism and CoMoHistoricPlaces.com
Category: Commercial Buildings
Sharp End explained
Sharp End, Columbia’s Black business and cultural center, was wiped out in the 1960s through urban renewal.
1978 look at Broadway, Seventh and Ninth streets
Want to take a walk through the past? This 1978 historic survey report on Columbia’s buildings on Broadway, Seventh and Ninth streets and it reads like a walk through time, describing the buildings as they were in 1978 — and what they once looked like and what was there before then. For example, the report on…
Dangers of historical research
East Campus history, Gathering Place closed in December 2017.
The Blue Note and Ragtag/Uprise/Hitt Records buildings honored
This just in — the buildings that house The Blue Note, Ragtag Cinema, Uprise Bakery and Hitt Records will be honored with a new award. According to this Columbia Missourian March 28, 2017 article, Brent Gardner is creating Cornerstones to highlight downtown businesses and buildings. The article states that the building at 10 Hitt St….
Got ideas? Hall Theatre hits 100, faces uncertain future
History, like aging, isn’t for sissies. As this Aug. 28-29, 2016 article outlines, the Hall Theatre is facing an uncertain future as it hits 100. One man, Don Mueller, wants to do something about it. Now, the 1916 theatre is vacant. Owned by a Stan Kroenke firm, TKG Hall Theatre LLC, it has been vacant…
History literally lights up what you see
Here’s another reason to visit Tallulahs Kitchen store at 812 E. Broadway, in addition to checking out the store’s amazing kitchen tools, gadgets and cookbooks. Before you go in look up. Really. Above the store front are historic prismatic lenses which were once installed throughout the nation around the turn of the last century to…
Ninth and Elm streets until 1969, Columbia Commercial Club
If you thought the destruction of the old Shakespeare’s Pizza at Ninth and Elm the fall of 2015 was a tragedy, it wasn’t the first one at that intersection. This article by Sarah Everett published in the Columbia Business Time on July 27, 2016 shows the a brick building with a columned portico that once…
Hidden high-rise highlighted twice
Here in 2015, there’s lots of talk about whether downtown Columbia should sport so many high-rise apartment buildings, but in 1910, another high-rise faced a different kind of problem — a shortage of steel. The Guitar Building — which has nothing to do with guitars — at 28 N. Eighth St. was spotlighted in the…
The history behind The Blue Note building
Yes, you’ve heard right: Richard King is selling The Blue Note at 17 N. Ninth St. But this former “movie palace,” won’t be going the way of other movie venues in downtown Columbia, Missouri. These two articles, “Richard King sells The Blue Note, Mojo’s,” and “Richard King passes torch, sells The Blue Note, Mojo’s.” The…