The house at 121 N. West Blvd., is now a rental property — and that’s good news. As I’ve quoted historic consultant Deb Sheals saying before, the way to save a historic property is to put it to work.
That’s exactly what has happened to this 100-year-old house. Built in 1911 by Arch McCard, the house has a log cabin concealed inside it. It was owned by Betty and Herb Brown until 2010 and then sat vacant. The house was purchased by Kristin Bourgeois, former member of Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission, and Adam Kaiser. The house will be rented out as a furnished vacation rental. This Jan. 16, 2012 article in the Columbia Tribune quotes Bourgeois as saying it is getting booked quickly.
The house has been renamed the Creekstone Cottage; previously people referred to it as the “fair-tale house,” the “Hansel and Gretel house,” or the “gingerbread house,” the article notes.
Now it’s a historic home put to work.
The house at 121 West Boulevard is for sale, but many people don’t realize there’s a log cabin inside.
The house is listed by House of Brokers and you can see all the details here and see pictures of the inside and the outside of the house here. The house is listed for $175,000.
But what the listing doesn’t tell you is that the house began as a two-room log cabin built in 1911 by Arch McCard from oak tress growing on the property, according to a June/July 2006 Columbia Home & Lifestyle article written by Jim Muench with photographs by Tom Schmidt.
Later, between 1940 and 1950, Otis T. “Sam” and Nadine Coleman bought the cabin and built on three rooms, added electricity and plumbing. Betty and Herb Brown bought it in 1957 and have owned it since, however, Dr. Herbert Brown, 88, died Sept. 21, 2010.
The house was named to the Columbia Notable Properties list in 2004, according to this May 5, 2004 article in the Columbia Daily Tribune.