Party set for April 1 to celebrate historic properties

Columbia’s celebration of 2014’s additions to the Notable Properties is scheduled for 7 p.m. on April 1 in City Hall at 701 E. Broadway. The event was postponed from Feb. 4 due to a snow storm.

This year’s event will feature 15 years of images of the historic properties and introductions by Columbia’s Historic Preservation commissioners of the award winners.

The event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are appreciated either via http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MN2014 or by calling Community Development Department at 573.874.7239.

So what made this year’s list? And while you’re looking at this 2014 list, ponder what buildings you’d like to see on the list. Nominations are typically taken in October – but you can make your recommendations below in comments now.

  • Lee Elementary School at 1208 Locust St. The 1934 school was built using federal New Deal funds. Such projects were funded in an effort during the Great Depression to put the unemployed to work building public projects, according to a Columbia Daily Tribune article published Feb. 3, 2014. Lee joins five other Columbia schools cited for historic buildings:  Ulysses S. Grant Elementary School, 10 E. Broadway (1911),  Frederick Douglass School, 310 N. Providence Road, (1917), Jefferson Junior High School, 713 Rogers, , and Thomas Hart Benton Elementary School (1927), and Field Elementary School, 1010 N. Rangeline, since closed.
  • Fairview Methodist Church, 1320 Fairview Road. Five other churches have been named to the Notable Properties list over the years.
  • The Fairview Cemetery, which abuts the church property. The cemetery has been family-maintained for more than 50 years, according to a Missourian Jan 31-Feb. 1, 2014 article. Another cemetery is on Columbia’s Notable Properties List.
  • The Francis Pike house at 1520 Anthony St.,
  • The Dr. James E. Thornton and Bessie Thornton house at 905 S. Providence Road.

The city has been naming properties to this list since 1998. Qualifying properties must be at least 50 years old, within the city limits and have architectural or historic features that contribute to the city’s social and/or aesthetic resources, according to the city announcement of the event.

Properties named to the list have ranged from brick streets to the Blue Note, from Stephens Stables to several of Columbia’s churches.

For more information or to see what other properties have been named to this list, see Columbia’s Most Notable Properties, go to this City of Columbia page.

So, what do you want to see on next year’s list? What historic property tickled your fancy this year?

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