Historic window replacement guide

The City of Columbia offers free energy audits, but as this article notes, replacing windows does not have to be automatic response to energy improvements, especially in historic homes.

This Arlington Heights, Illinois, article cites a Historic Preservation Commission guide which suggests alternatives to window replacements, noting that historic window frames may be made from old-growth wood, which offers significant insulation.

Here’s a link to the guide itself, which includes information from a wide range of sources.

Dec. 4 concert for historic home of John W. “Blind” Boone

When I mentioned to a friend I wanted to write a book about historic homes, she suggested a title for it: If these walls could talk.

Well, on Dec. 4, 2011, in a way, the walls of one historic home will talk, and it will be the language of music.

A fund-raising concert will be held at 6 p.m. in the Second Baptist Church on Fourth and Broadway, sponsored by the Boone Home Foundation, according to this article by Bill Clark in the Columbia Daily Tribune.

The fundraiser is to raise money to help continue the renovation of the home of John William “Blind” Boone, a virtuoso pianist who lived in Columbia from 1879 until his death in 1927.

So what kind of music can you expect? Describing it in the article Clark quotes pianist John Davis calling it,”virtuoso salon pieces that fuse the European concert music with rural American and black folk traditions.”

For more information on Boone or to contribute to help fund the renovation of his historic home, visit the J.W. “Blind” Boone Heritage Foundation Board website.

Historic Preservation Commission new member

Columbia historic homes now have a new person on the board designed to preserve and highlight historic properties.

Paul Prevo was named to the Historic Preservation Commission of Columbia’s City Council on Oct. 17, according to this article in the Columbia Daily Tribune.