Here are links to articles about Columbia and Boone County historic properties.
April 14, 2013 — Pianists house is an asset; City’s black history bigger than Boone — Author Doug Hunt argues in this opinion piece that the J.W. “Blind” Boone home at 10 N. Fourth St., should be saved to mark Boone’s success despite obstacles.
March 30, 2013 — Candidates give thoughts on “Blind” Boone home — Candidates for Columbia City Council and mayor offer opinions on whether the city should fund the completion of the renovation of the home of J.W. “Blind” Boone at 10 N. Fourth Street. The exterior of the house has been renovated, but inside requires roughly $500,000 in improvements. Columbia Daily Tribune.
March 28, 2013 — Missing Mansions. Some historic buildings escape the wrecking ball. Others aren’t so lucky — This article lists and describes six mansions that were razed in the past, including the home of Union General Odon Guitar and the 1843 home of J.L. Stephens, the namesake of Stephens College. Vox Magazine.
March 19, 2013 - Council questions Blind Boone home expenditure - A proposal by Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes to spend $475,000 of a city surplus to finish the restoration of the J.W. “Blind” Boone Home was strongly debated at a City Council meeting.
March 13, 2013 - Buyer plans to start with basic fixes - Nakhle Asmar, who recently purchased the 1837 Niedermeyer, outlines his plans to update and repair the Niedermeyer. Columbia Daily Tribune.
Feb. 5, 2013 – Columbia’s 2013 Most Notable Properties – Properties named to Columbia Most Notable Properties list, including the Niedermeyer Apartments at 920 Cherry St. Columbia Missourian.
Feb. 5, 2013 – Commission to honor city’s notable properties: Six buildings to be recognized. Columbia Daily Tribune article.
Jan. 3, 2012, New owner turns historic Guitar Mansion into graceful home again, Columbia Missourian. This article outlines how the house at 2815 Oakland Gravel Road is seeing new life as a single-family home once again and getting a well-deserved spruce up.
October 29, 2012 — Radiation continues to impact MU (Pickard Hall) building — An update on the radiation contamination of Parkard Hall, an 1892 building at the University of Missouri.
Feb. 6, 2012 — Six properties to be honored by Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission — Includes photographs for the 1928 Harry Satterlee Bill Tudor Revival home in the Grasslands, the 1929 Kappa Kappa Gamma (Sorority) House, Columbia College’s Missouri Hall, and the Columbia Telephone Company building which now houses CenturyLink. Columbia Missourian.
Jan. 3, 2012 — New owner turns historic Guitar Mansion into graceful home again. See the house as it gets a needed spruce up at this link to a Jan. 3, 2012 Columbia Missourian article.
Nov. 29, 2011 — Annie Fisher house torn down — Columbia Daily Tribune. The Annie Fisher house at 2911 Old Highway 63 South was demolished.
Nov. 8, 2011 – History, economics drive decisions on brick streets – Columbia Missourian. Debate on whether to pave Short Street with brick.
Oct. 23, 2011 — Plans for Heibel-March building stagnate — Columbia Tribune. Building at Rangeline and Wilkes Boulevard is still awaiting renovation. Several other plans to renovate the plans have fallen through.
August 25, 2011 – MU set to lease, operate Missouri Theatre, Columbia Daily Tribune. Agreement made to have University of Missouri lease the theatre at 201 S. Ninth Street.
August 18, 2011 – Owners get approval to raze Annie Fisher House, Columbia Daily Tribune.
August 16, 2011 — Columbia City Council names Crystal Lovett and Brent Gardner to Columbia Historic Preservation Commission, the Columbia Daily Tribune reports. http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/2011/aug/16/city-council-action/
August 11, 2011 — These Old Houses or Two houses preserve part of Columbia’s history. This Vox magazine article focuses on the John W. “Blind” Boone house at 10 N. Fourth St., and the Taylor House at 716 W. Broadway. The online version includes great pictures of both homes.
June 21, 2011 — Radiation lingers in MU’s Pickard Hall, Columbia Daily Tribune. This article outlines the issue of radiation in Pickard Hall, the result of Professor Herman Schlundt work on extracting radioactive materials from natural ores.
June 14, 2011 – Columbia’s brick streets resurface. This Columbia Missourian article highlights the brick streets of Columbia with a map of their locations. http://www.columbiamissourian.com/multimedia/graphic/2011/06/14/columbias-brick-streets-resurface/
Feb. 21, 2011, Failed projects dot history of hotels’s backer, Columbia Daily Tribune. The Tiger Hotel, a 1928 building at 23 S. Eighth St., has in the process of being renovated for five years. It is inching closer to finding a developer and investor to turn this into a boutique hotel, but this article highlights the past failures of the proposed partner.
Feb. 15, 2011, Columbia Historic Preservation Commission Honors Most Notable Properties, KOMU.com. Television news about the Feb. 16, 2011 event announcing the five new properties named the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission Most Notable Properties List. Notes these five are to be added to the 118 already on the list.
Feb. 15, 2011, Historic Preservation Commission to celebrate five notable properties, Columbia Missourian. Outlines the five properties named to the Columbia Most Notable Properties List. The article includes photographs, a slide show and a map.
Feb. 5, 2011, Stephens College aims to restore President’s Home, Columbia Daily Tribune. Plans to restore the 1926 Stephens College President’s House. This article includes photographs and outlines the history of the home and the fund-raising campaign.
Feb. 7, 2011, President’s house, Columbia Daily Tribune. This is an editorial by Hank J. Waters III supporting the campaign to renovate the house, support which makes sense given he is a member of the campaign’s board.
Here is a link to a historic article published in 1927, shortly after the home was completed.
Jan. 30, 2011, Missouri Theatre names new leaders…”, Columbia Daily Tribune. Carole Sue DeLaite, new co-president of the Missouri Symphony Society board, said plans for keeping the theatre open are being made.
Dec. 31, 2010 –State agency OKs grant for Columbia, Columbia Daily Tribune. Preliminary approval of a $12,000 state grant to the city of Columbia to study the economic effect of historic preservation.
Dec. 30, 2010 –Historic Preservation Commission receives grant for study, Columbia Missourian.
Dec. 18, 2010 — Wes Wingate staking presence on East Walnut, Columbia Daily Tribune. This article outlines the renovation of 1020 E. Walnut St., and the business, Columbia Academy of Music, that will be opened there by Wes Wingate.
Dec. 10, 2010 — Missouri Theatre: A history of volunteerism, Columbia Business Times.
Dec. 2010 — The Arch McCard house at Ash Street and West Boulevard is up for sale. Originally a two-room log cabin, it was built in 1911 and added onto later. It has been owned by Herb and Betty Brown since 1956, and now both have died.
- Dec. 2, 2010 — Lifesize gingerbread house for sale, ConnectMidMissouri.com/KRCG. http://www.connectmidmissouri.com/news/story.aspx?id=549106
October 2010 — The Guitar Mansion at 2815 Oakland Gravel Road was sold to new owners at auction for $155,500. The home had been valued at $499,000, but had been vacant for several years prior to this purchase.
- Historic Guitar Mansion sold at auction for $155,000, Oct. 19, 2010, Columbia Daily Tribune.
- Historic Guitar Mansion sold to surprised bidder, Oct. 18, 2010, Columbia Missourian.
July 21, 2010 — Arts community shaken by Missouri Theatre closure. Columbia Missourian.
Summary: Reaction from various art community members to the upcoming August and September 2010 closure of the Missouri Theatre, now the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts.
July 21, 2010 — After closure, uncertainty hangs over Missouri Theatre’s future. Columbia Missourian.
Summary: Outlines upcoming closure of Missouri Theatre, now the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts. Includes photos of the grand reopening on May 21, 2008 with Tony Bennett and historic photos. Includes summary of theatre’s financial troubles.
July 21, 2010 — Staffers on job market after long uphill journey – Columbia Daily Tribune.
Summary: The Missouri Theatre, now the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, laid off the remaining staff members.
July 21, 2010 — Future unclear as theater shuts doors. Hiatus planned until September. – Columbia Daily Tribune. Summary: The Missouri Theatre, built in 1928, was renovated in 2008 for $10 million. Now called the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, it still has a debt of $2.5 million and has been plagued by financial troubles. The MTCA will close in August and remain closed into September.
July 13, 2010 — Historic sites will go online. – Columbia Daily Tribune.
Summary: An online map is in the works which will allow anyone to go online and learn all about Columbia’s 121 Notable Properties and 33 properties and areas on the National Register of Historic Places. The project is being funded by a $3,660 grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, with a $2,440 local match. Completion date is scheduled for November 2011.
July 7, 2010 — Future of Missouri Theatre uncertain. Columbia Daily Tribune.
Summary: Column by Bill Clark outlines the troubles the Missouri Theatre, now Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, faces, including the CEO Eric Staley stepping down as of July 31, 2010.
July 2, 2010 — Theater chief to resign after 10 months on job. Columbia Daily Tribune.
Summary: Eric Staley, CEO of the Missouri Theatre, now named Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, plans to step down as of July 31, 2010. Says he’s proud of raising $500,000 in his 10 months, and criticizes the structure of the organization.
June 25, 2010 – Capturing Columbia’s Cinema Century– Columbia Business Times.
Summary: Outlines the history of movie theatres in Columbia and in the nation. Includes extensive time line.
June 23, 2010 — Upcoming ruling pivotal to Missouri Theatre’s finances, future. Columbia Missourian.
Summary: Outline of the financial troubles facing the Missouri Theatre, now the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts. The information notes the upcoming August 31 arbitration ruling on a $400,000 in dispute with Huebert Builders stemming from the 2008 $10 million restoration.
March 15, 2010, State review board approves historical district on West Broadway, Columbia Missourian.
Summary: The application for a West Broadway Historic District being named to the National Register of Historic Places was approved by the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.
Feb. 19, 2010, Notable Properties: Historic Renovation Boosts Community Commerce, Columbia Business Times. This article outlines the commercial, economic benefits of historic renovation. Includes comments from one of the first commercial buildings to be named a Most Notable Property by the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission. The business owner, Richard King, operates The Blue Note, a thriving live music venue in an old historic theatre. The article includes a list of commercial properties on the Notable Properties List.
Feb. 2, 2010 – Historic Preservation Commission names 7 ‘most notable’ properties – Columbia Missourian.
Jan. 13, 2010, Historical houses offer glimpse of Columbia’s past, Columbia Missourian.
Summary: Application submitted for National Register of Historic Places designation for West Broadway Historic District, 300-922 Broadway, except 80, 808, 812.
Oct. 14, 2009 - Boone home inches closer to new life – Columbia Daily Tribune
March 8, 2008 — Apartments honored for long-standing service — Columbia Missourian.
Summary: The Belvedere and Beverly apartment buildings, 206 Hitt St., and 211 Hitt St., respectively and named to the Columbia Notable Properties List.
August 8, 2004. Visions of the past. Columbia Daily Tribune.
Summary: The Guitar House (Guitar Mansion, 2815 Oakland Gravel Road) becomes a bed and breakfast under the ownership of Noel and Mary Ann Crowson. Includes photographs of the restored home, historic photos of Odon Guitar, David Guitar and graphics on the additions to the home from 1859-1940.