Historical Homes

Historic home, “fairy-tale house,” for rent

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.


Historical Homes, National Register of Historic Places

New life at Guitar Mansion, 2815 Oakland Gravel Road

By either name, Guitar Mansion or Confederate Hill, the house at 2815 Oakland Gravel Road is seeing new life as a single-family home once again. Planned for use as a bed and breakfast at one time, in 2010, the house was purchased and has been returned to its original use as a single-family home.

See the house as it gets a needed spruce up at this link to a Jan. 3, 2012 Columbia Missourian article.

As a bonus, the article online includes a link to the Register of Historic Places document, which includes a historical account of the home, historical maps and photographs.