Vote – map or list?

History friends, would you rather see a list of historic properties in Columbia or see them on a map? Vote below. Take a peek at a map created by the City of Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission via this link: https://gocolumbiamo.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=94cb16f1ef6b48adbb89c642d023619e&fbclid=IwAR1aEM0EWHzueD0bSq9WK2ASq5x9_4Is0HEKMke8BFHBH49IW9bHB1SpNyg You can find an in-progress list of places on the Places page of CoMoHistoricPlaces.com.

An exhibit, the Boone home and black history events

I love the Beatles. It’s hard for me to believe that it might be possible someday for people to not know the names of John, Paul, Ringo and George. But that could happen and that’s what might have happened to the musician J.W. “Blind” Boone  (1864-1927) if the residents of Columbia and the city hadn’t…

Call to action to save an economic engine

The federal Historic Tax Credit, is on the chopping block, yet that might not make economic sense, according to the Rutgers Univesity’s Annual Report on the Economic Impact of Historic Tax Credit for FY 2015. Those seeking to rally opposition include Debbie Sheals, a local preservation consultant, and state and national nonprofits, Missouri Preservation, the National…

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….

Why not nominate your home for Notable Properties designation?

Worried about restrictions? Think your home isn’t grand enough? Fearful of extra taxes? Shrinking from publicity? Fear not. If these are reasons you are avoiding or someone you know is putting off nominating a property to the Columbia’s Notable Properties list, that’s balderdash. Modest homes like a Cape Cod at 1252 Sunset Drive has been named…

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…

Danger of demolitions

Any DIYer or carpenter can tell you the importance of the adage measure twice, cut once. That applies to demolitions, too. In 2013, several buildings were demolished, including a 1905 historic home, to make way for the Hagan Scholarship Academy, a residential college preparatory school for rural students. Three years later, despite the worthy plan,…

Maplewood:14-foot walls, a $3 million heritage and a $14,400 grant

Fourteen-inch thick walls. Three gifts worth nearly $1 today. And now a $14,400 grant Those numbers are part of the story of Maplewood, a 1977 historic home owned by the City of Columbia and managed by the Boone County Historical Society. Maplewood was built by Columbia pioneer Slater Lenoir in 1877, the house has 14-inch…

Bungalows and local couple celebrated for historic preservation

The bungalow-studded neighborhood on Hubbell Drive and Lucy and Hugo Vianello will be celebrated at a free event set for 6:30 p.m. May 11, 2015, to highlight historic preservation in Columbia, Missouri. The event, sponsored by Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission, will be held in the historic Missouri Theatre — the building that Hugo and Vianello…