Historical Homes

Columbia Historic Homes site gets nearly 7,000 visitors in 2013

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,900 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Historical Homes, Uncategorized

Hansel and Gretel house changes hands

The historic home at 121 N. West Blvd., has changed hands once again. Often called the Gingerbread house or the Hansel and Gretel house for its fairy tale like appearance, the house has been purchased by Sean and Leigh Spence, according to this Dec. 7, 2013 article in the Columbia Daily Tribune by Jacob Barker.

In fact, the house has many names from the fairy tale house to the seven dwarves house. What do you call it?

The house became a vacation rental home under the guidance of former owners Kristin and Adam Kaiser, who bought it in 2011.

This historic home began life as a log cabin in 1911 and was transformed into this a Tudor-revival style home in 1935 by Blanche and Arch McHarg. The gardens were added by Nadine Coleman after she and husband O.T. Coleman purchased it in 1941.

But the site truly became the landmark it is today by Herb and Betty Brown, who owned it for 50 years and opened the yard to painters and often the door to drop-by visitors who simply wanted to see inside the sweet home. This June 2013 article in Missouri Life by me, Dianna Borsi O’Brien, outlines its history.

The house was named to Columbia’s Notable Properties List in 2004 and was renamed the Creekstone Cottage by the previous owners.

But to many, it’s known simply as the Hansel and Gretel or the fairy tale house. What do you call it?