This pages lists online resources as well as books, organizations, reports, websites related to historic properties.
GoColumbiaMo.com/Maps/CityView/, this site gives you the opportunity look at the ownership of any property in Columbia. I have no idea — yet — of what to use it for, but I’ve had fun with it finding out important things like the name of my neighbor where they built the really big snowman this year. Enjoy!
Between the Columns, by Warren R. Dalton Jr. Published by the Columbia Daily Tribune, the book is a collection of Dalton’s columns from August 6, 2006 through August 1, 2010. The 304-page book features historic photographs. The deadline for ordering the book is Sept. 30, 2010. Click here to order the book via the Columbia Tribune website.
A Boone County Album, by the Committee on Historic Sites and Tours of the Columbia-Boone County Sesquicentennial Commission. Published 1971. Only used copies are available through amazon.com.
A Field Guide to American Houses, by Virginia McAlester, Lee McAlester, Juan Rodriguez-Arnaiz. Published by Alfred A. Knopf, 1986. This book describes and shows in photographs and drawings the styles and features of American houses. It includes a brief history of housing styles. Most importantly, it includes a Pictorial Key, which allows identification of a house by its various features, from roof form to window style.
From Southern Village to Midwestern City: Columbia, An Illustrated History, by Alan R. Havig, “Partners in Progress,” by Christoph Szechenyi. Published in cooperation with the Columbia Chamber of Commerce by Winsor Publications Inc., Woodland Hills, California. It is available for reasonable prices new and used through amazon.com.
Historic Downtown Columbia, by Warren Dalton Jr. and David James. Published by Show Me Cards, 2010. This 74-book features information on the downtown buildings and photographs, some historic, along with recollections by Dalton. It is organized by block and street.
Images of Our Lives Since 1901, published in cooperation with the State Historical Society and the Boone County Historical Society. Published 2001. As of May 4, 2010, there was only copy available at amazon.com
The First Forty Years: A Brief History of Columbia, Missouri, Prior to 1860, by Paulina Ann Batterson. Published by Public Relations Committee, Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Columbia, Missouri, 1965. This book is out of print, but is available at Daniel Boone Regional Library in Columbia, Missouri.
Houses of Missouri, 1870-1940 (Suburban Domestic Architecture) by Cydney Millstein and Carol Grove. Published by Acanthus Press, 2008. This book is an excellent look at landmark homes, meticulously researched, well written and includes significant historical background. However, it contains only one home in Boone County and that is in Centralia.
Boone County Historical Society — Founded in 1963, the BCHS is a non-profit dedicated to preserving and interpreting local and regional history. The BCHS is located at 3801 Ponderosa Street, Columbia, Missouri. The organization restored the Maplewood mansion and built the Walters-Boone County Museum using private contributions and volunteer labor and materials. The complex includes the Village at Boone Junction, a collection of restored buildings.
Historic Preservation Commission of Columbia (Missouri) City Council – Founded in July 1998, this seven-member board is charged with the following tasks:
- Encouraging redevelopment of historically significant structures;
- Supervising surveys to identify significant properties
- Reviewing applications for landmark and historic designations
- Advising and assisting residents and owners on the preservation, renovation, rehabilitation and reuse of property;
- Encouraging the nomination of landmarks and districts to the National Register of Historic Places;
- Establishing an ongoing survey and inventory of historic properties.
Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation — This nine-member board provides a citizens review of nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, as required by Missouri law. The Council meets four times per year to review nominations for the National Register to be submitted to the State Historic Preservation Office. Click here to see when the Council meets next and review its agenda.
Missouri Preservation/Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation — Founded in 1976 as the Missouri Heritage Trust, Missouri Preservation is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting, supporting and coordinating historic preservation activities in Missouri. The website includes information, a list of most endangered historic places and case studies.
Missouri State Historic Preservation Office — Founded in 1968, this office of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is in charge, among other things, the following tasks:
- Administering the National Register of Historic Places in Missouri;
- Funding and coordinating surveys to identify state historic, architectural and archaeological resources;
- Helping owners, developers and architects ensure rehabilitation projects qualify for rehabilitation tax credits;
- Administering Missouri’s Historic Preservation Revolving Fund, through which the DNR can assist in the preservation of endangered historic buildings;
- Providing education and technical services to the general public.
Missouri State Historical Society – Founded in 1898, this state organization is the historical repository for Missouri. Located in Ellis Library at the University of Missouri-Columbia, it offers a myriad of historical and research materials at its location and online in addition to providing a Speakers’ Bureau, workshops and sponsoring Missouri History in Performance Theatre (MoHiP) and publishing the Missouri Historic Review. Yearly membership is $20 for individuals. The State Historical Society has been a trustee of the state since 1899 and is funded by state allocations, grants and membership fees.
Western Historical Manuscript Collection-Columbia — Founded in 1943, this organization is a joint collection of the University of Missouri and the State Historical Society of Missouri. It is located in Ellis Library at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Initially the repository of the Work Projects Administration of Historic Records Survey files, today, it now includes paper records, microfilm, photographs, images and audio and video materials.
The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 declared “the spirit and direction of the Nation are founded upon and reflected in its historic heritage;” and went on to create the National Register of Historic Places.
In Missouri, the National Register of Historic Places program is administered by the Missouri State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). A page on the SHPO website lists all of the sites in Boone County listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
National Trust for Historic Preservation — Founded in 1949, the National Trust “is a private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to saving historic places and revitalizing America’s communities,” notes its website, which provides leadership, education, education, advocacy, and resources.
Economic Impact of Historic Preservation in Columbia, Missouri, August, 2012. http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/Council/Commissions/downloadfile.php?id=6304
Final Survey Report Locust Historic Study Area, Columbia (Boone County), Missouri. May 2009.
Summary: A survey and report on the Locust Street area which was designed to identify and recommend properties for the National Register of Historic Places. The report includes photos and excellent descriptions of many of the properties. The survey included 57 buildings.
Architecture.about.com — Need information on housing styles? Can’t tell a Georgian home from a Federal style home? This site provides information, a list of the major features for various housing styles and photos.
Columbia Historic Preservation Commission online information:
2009 – PowerPoint, http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/Planning/Commissions/HPC/documents/2009MostNotables.pdf
2008 — Video, http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/TCC/Video/Archive/video.php?video=145
2007 – Video, http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/TCC/Video/Archive/video.php?video=87