My name is Dianna Borsi O’Brien and I created this website for two purposes:
- To highlight Columbia’s historic homes in preparation for a future book;
- To provide information about historic places in Columbia, Missouri and the surrounding areas.
For more information, to make a correction to something on the website or to ask me to post something to this site, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573.424.5749. Also, for more information about me, my work and other projects, please visit diannaobrien.com and charleswgehrke.com
In addition to being in love with and obsessed with historical homes, I am a journalist with more than two decades of experience. The information on this website has been drawn from a variety of sources, but mainly from information provided by the city of Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission.
However, this website is not affiliated, associated or endorsed by the Historic Preservation Commission. For more information the Columbia’s HPC, go to the HPC’s official site here.
This website began by listing and highlighting the sites named to the Most Notable Properties list by Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission and the National Register of Historic Places.
The list of Notable Properties began in 1998 when the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) began naming five to 10 properties to the list each year except for 1999. Properties named to the list must meet three criteria:
- Within the city limits;
- 50 years old or older;
- Feature architectural or historical importance either through historic features, who lived there or how it was used.