Commercial Buildings, Historical Homes, Notable Properties List

Could the student-housing boom help this motor inn?

This Columbia Missourian article outlines beautifully the history of the Arrow Head Motel, what Deb Sheals says in the story is one of the last remaining old tourist camps. The present owner, Mohammad Eldeib, no longer rent rooms there, instead using the location to rent trucks and trailers.

But in the article, he notes he’d like to renovate it for student housing. What do you think? Could this place be saved and reused by becoming student housing?

The 1938 building was named to the Columbia Notable Properties List in 2012. The article outlines the historic nature of the place, the former owners and even highlights the historic importance of the sign. It’s a great read — especially with the last quote from Eldeib, comparing the old motel to the pyramids in Egypt. “They are witnesses to whoever passes by and dwells in them and testify on them and their actions.”

Having students live in the motel, in some ways, would bring it full circle, but to find out why I say that, you’ll have to read the article written by Joey Ukrop with photos by Sarah Ng.

Apartments, Commercial Buildings, Missouri Preservation

A new use for historic buildings

Historic buildings need to be put to work to save them, and sometimes that means finding a new use for the building. For example, historic homes with too much space for today’s smaller families are sometimes reused as bed and breakfasts — or an old historic building could be renovated to become housing for artists.

That’s what this proposal in Kansas City calls for, turning historic buildings in downtown Kansas City into apartment for low-income people, with a special target of struggling artists. The developer George Sherman plans to seek affordable tax credits, state and federal historic tax credits. In the case of state tax credits, these are not give aways. The developer will have to put money into the project and have the work done according to historical standards before he will be eligible for tax credits on taxes paid, not funding for the project itself.

What buildings in Columbia do you think could be renovated into apartments for affordable housing? What buildings have you seen given a new use? What’s your favorite re-purposed historic building in Columbia?


Churches, Sacred Spaces

Tour Sacred Historic Spots

If you love historic homes, you probably love history of all kinds and what could be more historic than where we nurture our hearts and souls? That is why I’m posting about the Saturday tours on Oct. 12 and Oct. 19 of Columbia places of worship, offered by Columbia Faith and Values, a nonprofit news organization. For more information on the tours, see this posting on the FAV website.

The doors will open for the tours at 12:45 with the tours starting at 1 p.m. and ending by 3:30 p.m. Both tours begin at First Christian Church, 101 N. Tenth St.

The Oct. 12 tour will include First Christian Church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, First Presbyterian Church, Calvary Episcopal Church, Islamic Center of Central Missouri and Second Baptist Church.

The Oct. 19 tour will include First Christian Church, First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, Missouri United Methodist Church and Islamic Center of Central Missouri.

This is the second Columbia Faith and Values tour of downtown houses of worship, the FAV website notes. The cost is a $10 suggested donation. Last year the tour raised about $300 for the nonprofit news organization. To reserve your spot, email or call 573.356.2200.

These tours will highlight places of worship. What kinds of tours would you like to see offered in Columbia to highlight historic sites?