Historical Homes

10 N. Fourth Street – Concert of J.W. “Blind” Boone

10 N. Fourth St., is a historic home, once the home of J.W. “Blind” Boone, a blind, black pianist who against all odds was a nationally known musician. He lived from 1864-1927. His home is slated to become a museum.

According a notice on the blog of University Avenue Bed & Breakfast at 1315 University Avenue,  a Blind Boone Holiday Concert will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 4, 2011 in the Second Baptist Church in Columbia.

The notice states the concert will feature Tom Andes playing ‘Blind’ Boone’s music, the CPS 5th grade honor choir, Celestine Hayes, and Linda Dodd singing holiday music and music by ‘Blind’ Boone. The event, the notice states, is sponsored by The ‘Blind’ Boone Heritage Foundation.

121 N. West Blvd., The Hansel and Gretel House

The home of Arch McCard at 121 N. West Blvd., made the news on ConnectMidMissouri.com on Dec. 2, 2010. The house, according to this report, has been for sale for some months. The asking price is $175,000.

The home was occupied by Herb Brown,, who died in September 2010, and his wife Betty Brown, who died in 2007.

The house has often been called the Hansel & Gretel house, the Gingerbread House and other affectionate names due to the charm of the house, according to the 2010 article. The house was built around a wood cabin and has 7-foot ceilings, creating a cozy home, notes Realtor Betty Tice of  House of Brokers.

The house was named to the Columbia Most Notable Properties list in 2004.


Columbia Historic Preservation Commission, Historical Homes

1601 Stoney Brook Place

Accuracy counts, even in small things. I am a journalist and recently learned the correct address for the home at 1601 Stoney Brook Place. Other accounts listed the house at 1601 Stoney Brook Ave., Drive and other designation.

So why update it? Because the purpose of this website is to provide accurate information on historic homes in Columbia so that people can become aware of the history all around them and perhaps even visit these sites. The correct address is crucial for that.

So now for the background on the house at 1601 Stoney Brook Place. It is reputed to be the oldest home in Boone County. It started out as Boone County’s “poor farm,” a place for the sick or indigent.

You can see this historic home here on OldHouses.com, a site dedicated to “celebrating the glory of historic homes.” This house is not currently for sale, but is in the archives of this site. A picture accompanies this article published on Feb. 4, 2008 by the Columbia Missourian, marking it being named to the Notable Properties list. Note the article refers to the address as 1601 Stoney Brook Ave., however, Boone County Assessor’s Office records refer to it as 1601 Stoney Brook Place.

This home was built in 1864 according to materials provided by the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission, however, another source notes it was built in 1854. It was named to the Columbia Most Notable Properties list in 2008 — the 100th such designation.

According to information provided by the city of Columbia: ”The land was purchased in 1854 by the court from Murdock and Anne Garrett to establish a county infirmary or poor farm for the county’s indigent citizens. The infirmary was erected in 1864 and was maintained by the county until 1898 when the land property was sold to J.B. Turner. This property represents the 100th selection of Most Notable Property by the Historic Preservation Commission.”