About

I am a freelance writer and adjunct journalism instructor at School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. I’m also obsessed with Columbia’s historic homes. Well, I’ll admit it; I’m obsessed with historic buildings in general.

Why do historic homes fascinate me? Because they are a brick and mortar or wood and lathe reminder of our history, history which might fade but for the reminders all around us about what has come before.

I put this site together with three ideas in mind.

  1. To help people find information about historic properties in Columbia, Missouri and the surrounding areas;
  2. To foster interest in Columbia’s history;
  3. To collect information and find connections for a planned book on Columbia’s historic homes.

Own a historic home in Columbia? Love historic buildings? Spotted a mistake or want to pass along information? I’d love to hear from you. Contact me at dobrien387@gmail.com or 573.424.5749. Also, for more information about me, my work and other projects, please visit diannaobrien.com and charleswgehrke.com

The  website has been drawn from a variety of sources, including the city of Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission. Note: This website is not affiliated, associated or endorsed by the Historic Preservation Commission. For more information the Columbia’s HPC, go to the HPC’s official site here.

Notable Properties: This website began with a list highlighting the sites on Columbia’s Notable Properties a list developed by Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission.

The list of Notable Properties began in 1998 when the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) began naming five to 10 properties to the list each year except for 1999. Properties named to the list must meet three criteria:

  • Within the city limits;
  • 50 years old or older;
  • Feature architectural or historical importance either through historic features, who lived there or how it was used.

National Register of Historic Places: The website includes places in Boone County on the federal National Register of Historic Places. To learn more about the properties on the National Register of Historic Places, go to this website.

4 thoughts on “About

  1. hi deanna, i was one of the lucky children who went to this school in 1940’s and 50’s. we had a pump that we used to get our drinking water from. we had a lady cooking our lunch and i can still remember how good it smelled. we played many a ball game in the back.my pecan pie bought the most money for the school and i was so shy i wouldn’t eat with the boy who bought my shoe box supper. i am now 75 years old.
    lucy

    • Lucy, thanks for your comment. Can you tell me what school you are referring to so I can post your comment? Sorry for not replying earlier! Dianna O’Brien

      • yes. it was keene school on brown station rd. in columbia. it was in the late 40’s and early 50’s.they didn’t have school buses then and we had to cut across neighbors fields or walk the road which was a really long walk.

  2. Thanks, Lucy, for your comment. These are the kinds of stories that I think historic homes help us save! Thanks for commenting. Dianna

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