Lynching: History finds a home

One of the reasons for this blog is to mark history, and historic homes are, in a way, a marker of history. But for a long time, there wasn’t a marker for a major historic event in Columbia, Missouri: the lynching of James Scott.


This article, reprinted with permission from George Kennedy and the Columbia Missourian, is about giving one man’s life and a lynching the historic marker in the real world and in our historic knowledge.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Repairing old wounds while another opens

Oct 6, 2016

Two events last week reminded Columbians how far we’ve come along the road of racial reconciliation and how far we still have to go.

The first was the ugly confrontation that began when a group of white MU students, apparently drunk, insulted two female members of the Legion of Black Collegians. It escalated when white fraternity members shouted obscenities at LBC members who had responded to a call for help from the women. Black students replied in kind.

MU police officers arrived, separated the angry groups and made no arrests. The university suspended the Delta Upsilon fraternity while at least two campus offices investigate.

News coverage beyond Columbia included references to the turmoil of last fall and ongoing efforts to improve the University’s racial climate.

Two days later, I stood with 100 or so onlookers beside the MKT Trail at Providence and Stewart Roads to witness the unveiling of a marker that commemorates the 1923 lynching of James T. Scott.

The new plaque reads, “Lest We Forget: Lynching at the Stewart Road Bridge.”

We must not forget, among other things, the roles played by journalists, students and community leaders.

Mr. Scott was a 35-year-old decorated veteran of World War I, a janitor at the university and husband of one of Columbia’s 15 black teachers. He was a member of the Second Baptist Church.

In April 1923, he was accused of raping the 14-year-old daughter of a University professor, arrested and jailed. She identified him as her assailant, but there was no evidence to support that. Later, she would identify a different man.

Patrick J. Huber wrote in the Summer 1991 issue of the Missouri Historical Society magazine, “Columbia’s most influential paper, the Daily Tribune, provided the spark that ignited the town’s smoldering outrage.” He quoted Tribune editor Edward Watson as pointing out that three black men were currently in jail accused of separate rapes and urging, “This trio should feel the ‘halter draw’ in vindication of the law.”

Huber continued, “Less than eight hours after the newspaper hit the street, white Columbia residents responded to the Tribune’s plea for justice.”

A mob estimated at about 2,000, including 200 or so students, stormed the jail, dragged out Mr. Scott and led him, with a rope around his neck, to what was then the bridge carrying Stewart Road over the Flat Branch.

A prominent citizen, later identified in court by two MU journalism students who were present at the lynching — one reporting for the Kansas City Star and one for the St. Louis Post Dispatch — put a longer rope around Mr. Scott’s neck and threw him off the bridge. His neck was broken and he died.

The New York Times published a front-page story with the headline, “Missouri Students See Negro Lynching, Co-Eds Join Crowd Which Cheers the Storming of the Columbia Jail.”

Huber recounts that the newspaper published by the School of Journalism, then called the Columbia Evening Missourian, “took a determined stand against mob violence.” In an editorial two days after the lynching, the Missourian wrote, “The lynching cannot be undone, but Columbia can, in part, clear its name if speedy action against those who committed the crime is taken.”

Only the man identified by the students as the killer was tried. A jury including several prominent citizens needed just 11 minutes to find him not guilty.

The plaque of remembrance was sponsored by the Association of Black Graduate and Professional Students, which of course didn’t exist in 1923. That in itself was a sign of progress.

So was the pairing of Clyde Ruffin, now pastor of James Scott’s church and First Ward representative on our City Council, and Mayor Brian Treece, both of whom spoke about the importance of remembering our past and learning from it.

I hoped the fraternity members were listening.

Grand opening of historic home of $19.5 million musician set for Sept. 18

The dedication of the home of a musician who traveled from 1880-1913 performing about 7,200 concerts is set for 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 10 N. Fourth St.

The musician earned about $19.5 million dollars in his lifetime, an amount calculated using information in the National Register of Historic Places document on the house and, a website designed to calculate value of currency.

The musician was J.W. “Blind” Boone and his story can be viewed from multiple perspectives. He overcame racism, poverty and even trickery to become a successful musician.

Even his home was nearly lost. And now, on Sunday, after years of work from volunteers and city expenditures, will be dedicated and opened to the public.

Note on the calculations: Information in the National Register of Historic Places document states he earned $150 to $600 per concert and performed about 7,200 concerts. Using $150 per concert for 7,200 concerts, his earning would have been $1.1 million. Using, a website designed to calculate value of currency, that amount would be worth $19.5 million in 2015.

News Release:

The City of Columbia has issued a press release on the event and it is reprinted here with permission:

Contact: Clyde Ruffin

President, John William “Blind” Boone Heritage Foundation


Dedication, grand opening of J.W. “Blind” Boone Home scheduled Sept. 18

COLUMBIA, MO (September 15, 2016) – On Sunday, Sept. 18 the John William “Blind” Boone Heritage Foundation will host the dedication and grand opening of the newly restored J.W. “Blind” Boone Home. The event will be held at the home, 10 N. Fourth St., from 2 to 4 p.m. with light refreshments provided after the program.

John William “Blind” Boone, born in 1864, overcame blindness, poverty, and discrimination to become a nationally famous concert pianist and composer. Boone helped to merge African-American folk music with the European classical tradition, a fusion that opened the way for ragtime, jazz, boogie-woogie and much more.

“Even before the Great Scott Joplin, Boone was busy evolving the first true ‘made in America’ genre of music: Ragtime! It became America’s gift to the world,” said Lucille Salerno, emeritus board member of the Foundation and organizer of the former Blind Boone Jazz Festival.

The home was built between 1888-1892 by John Lange Jr. as wedding present for his sister Eugenia Lange and Boone. It serves as a monument to the individual genius and generosity of Boone but it also represents the historic African-American community as a whole — its struggles and accomplishments. The home’s location on Fourth Street is one of the few physical remnants of the community African-Americans built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

“The effort to preserve Boone’s home is important, in part, because it is one of the few surviving reminders of the days when Fourth Street was the heart of Columbia’s African-American neighborhood,” said Greg Olson, a member of the Foundation. “At a time when the city, like much of the nation, was deeply segregated, Blind Boone was that rare individual who seemed to have the ability to bring together Columbia citizens of all races.”

The home was purchased by the City of Columbia in 2000 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. Renovations to the home included interior restoration, minor exterior repairs and landscaping. The project was approved by City Council on June 3, 2013 and the City portion was paid for with surplus funds from fiscal year 2012. The estimated cost for the City was $326,855 with a $16,500 donation from the John William “Blind” Boone Heritage Foundation.

The Foundation was organized in 1997; for more information, visit this link:

Reincarnation, historic homes and a free festival

Did you ever notice that anyone who talks about a past life was always a princess or a pharaoh? Yeah, me too.

But I’m firmly convinced that if I did have a past life it was lived as a common laborer or simple farm wife. That’s why I’ll be in the Ryland House as a volunteer at this weekend’s free Heritage Festival.

The Heritage Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17 and 18 at Historic Nifong Park, 3700 Ponderosa St. This free event will include demonstrations, dancing, crafts and … yes! Tours of the buildings at the Village at Boone Junction, a sweet little collection of Boone County historic buildings including the Ryland House.

The Ryland House was built around 1880 and moved to the Junction in 2005. It’s a small place, about 800 square feet and was originally owned by a well off farm family, William and Maggie Ryland. They farmed about 358 acres near Sturgeon.

The tour of the house won’t last long — it’s only three rooms. Yes, despite the fact that the family that owned this house had a nice sized, well-run farm, their house consisted of three rooms, a large kitchen, a bedroom, and a parlor used mainly when visitors came by.

I won’t be in the parlor during my time volunteering in the Ryland House. I’ll be in the kitchen, where I’m sure my ancestors and any former incarnations of myself would have been. And you can come visit me there, too, on Sunday morning.

But what if you were a princess or someone wealthy in a past life. No worries. You’ll be able to get a peek at the life of those better off in Boone County during a tour of the Maplewood House.

The fine two-story house was the home of Lavinia Lenoir and Dr. Frank G. Nifong. It was built by Miss Lavinia’s father, Slater Ensor Lenoir around 1877, and the nine-room house is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Maplewood, unlike the Ryland House, features a music room, a dining room, several bedrooms as well as a parlor, a kitchen and even a maid’s or sewing room.

So no matter what your inclination is about a past life, in the present you can straddle past and present at the Heritage Festival this weekend.


You can save history – or at least a piece of it

If you live in Columbia, Missouri, you’ve probably heard a 1903 former hotel is coming down. But you might not know that you can help save pieces of this historic building for salvage, even, perhaps for installation elsewhere downtown in the future. Here’s a look at what can be saved and how you can help.

Louvered doors in the former Winn Hotel, 1903, 121 S. Tenth St., Columbia, Missouri. Photo used with permission.

Louvered doors in the former Winn Hotel, 1903, 121 S. Tenth St., Columbia, Missouri. Photo used with permission.

In-wall tables in the former Winn Hotel, 1903, 121 S. Tenth St., Columbia, Missouri. Photo used with permission.

In-wall tables in the former Winn Hotel, 1903, 121 S. Tenth St., Columbia, Missouri. Photo used with permission.

Here’s a post from Pat Fowler, a member of Columbia Historic Preservation Commission, reprinted with permission:

“Thank you for agreeing to share this information with your students, circle of friends, family members and co-workers. At last look we had 29 of our slots filled, with 100 more to go. Some slots are 2 hours, some are 4 hours, all contribute measurably to the greater goal of saving what is unique and special about the James (formerly the Winn Hotel and the Tenth Street Elks Lodge). We welcome our volunteers signing up for more than one shift if their busy lives permit.

Send any questions via email to or text 573-256-6841.

Our planning team: On site Rosie Gerding and I will share volunteer coordinator duties, one of us will be on premises for the duration to greet each of the volunteers, provide breakfast snacks, coffee, lunch food, beverages, get what ever is needed from what ever source, and make certain we have cleared your path, literally and figuratively, to get the work done as efficiently as possible. Dan Cullimore, Kelly Veach, Douglas Jones and Mark Wahrenbrock will lead teams in de-construction, door and hardware removal, fixture removal and a handful of us will assist Habitat’s ReStore with our appliance dollies in getting the 21 refrigerators, several of the stoves and a new, still in the box, water heater out the door and to their truck.

Though we can’t save the building, we can save many of the items that are uniquely the James. I’ve attached both our most recent flyer and a photo array of many though not all of the items we seek to remove safely for re-purposing. Please spread the word.

If you have a few hours to participate, please use our sign up tool; we look forward to greeting you inside the front door of the James.


573-256-6841 (text and voice)

P.S. I’m to visit with Simon and Renee on KFRU’s Morning Meeting on Friday, 10:00 ish. Tune in. A press release is in the works, watch the local coverage on Thursday wink emoticon

Things that go bump in the day and the night

Interested in what you can’t see? That’s what you’ll learn about at these free downtown historic walking tours, with the first one slated for July 31, 2014. Given by members of the Historic Preservation Commission of the City of Columbia, the tours will focus on what you can — and can’t see.

All four of the upcoming tours start at 7:30 p.m. at the “Key” at City Hall at Broadway and Eighth Street. The first tour will cover Columbia’s brick streets, but not the part you can see. The other walks include an August 14 walk to view Columbia’s historic hotels and theatres, the Sept. 18 event will cover downtown worship centers and Oct. 30, the last walk, will take a look at places where ghosts and other scary tales lurk.

For the walk on Thursday, Patrick Earney, HPC member and project engineer at Trabue, Hansen & Hinshaw, Inc., will discuss the engineering under and around the brick streets of Columbia, Missouri.

What? Who cares? You should. Many of these streets are more than 100 years old and while they’ve lasted, those dips and ridges that make your car go bump in the day and the night when you drive on them are due in some cases to the poor foundation under the bricks.

As Earney noted in an email, “The take away for the average person is that a street laid 110 years ago is still viable and would still be performing well had they been maintained.”

There’s another value said Earney, one that not every one would recognize at first glance or first drive.

“Each brick was touched by at least two people — he who made it and he who installed it. They’re not all the same, and the rows aren’t exactly straight. There’s a human element to a brick street that another street pavement doesn’t possess,” Earney wrote in a recent email.

In this day and age of disposable, manufactured items, a hand-made, crafted item can hold value for those who see it.

Wonder where those brick streets are? Here’s a map that shows where they are exposed and hidden.

Map showing brick streets, covered and uncovered and the core area of concern. Historic Preservation Commission map used with permission.

Map showing brick streets, covered and uncovered and the core area of concern. Historic Preservation Commission map used with permission.

Are those bricks or bucks under your feet?

Just as important, these brick streets may end up costing — or saving — you money some day. Proponents of brick streets cite the fact that they last. Remember the part above that mentioned some of them are more than 100 years old? Advocates for spiffing up and even uncovering some of the brick streets say the reason they were covered during the 1960s and 1970s is because they weren’t maintained. They also point out that asphalt streets must be repaved every 15 or so years, making the apparent savings of covering brick streets instead of repairing them a false frugality over time.

On the other hand, some people point to the cost of repairing the brick streets, pointing out that when the brick street were laid, labor costs were a fraction of today’s costs. Repaving using bricks calls for craftsmen and craftswomen, not just rollers.

Like it or lump it, on March 17, 2014, the City Council passed a Brick Streets Policy Resolution PR 229-13 that says the city will not remove covered or exposed brick pavement within a “Core Brick Street Zone,” and may be given a budget to uncover some brick streets over the next 20 years, “after a successful demonstration project.”

Brick streets good or bad?

What? Not a fan of brick streets. Well, you are not alone. Some folks decry the bumpy ride they provide, while others point to that same rumbling road as a good thing. A city document cited a case study of Winter Park, Florida that showed traffic fell on one of the main brick streets by nearly one-third from 8,500 to 6,000 cars ,with the average speed taking a nosedive from 41 mph to 29 mph after a 1996 brick street restoration. That’s called traffic calming and it can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your perspective.

Others complain that spending money fixing or uncovering brick streets is a waste just for the sense of place and historic ambiance. That view is countered, of course, by those who say brick streets can save money in repaving costs.

But whether you are for or against brick streets, here’s a chance to learn more for free and find out why you might want to care about the part of the brick street you can’t see.

Tips on making the past present

It is so easy for the past to slip away, a building gets a new tenant, a new use or a new name and bingo! The past is gone. But in Cape Girardeau, Lindsey Lotz, a Southeast Missouri State University, has created posters to bring history into the present for  four downtown buildings.

The buildings Lotz picked to highlight include the one at 19 N. Spanish. It used to house an A&P grocery, which was part of the country’s first supermarket chain. The article notes that Lotz’s project drew together four different organizations to help her create the posters.

The posters will be up through May 31 and feature these locations: 20 Broadway, 120 Broadway, 19 N. Spanish St. and 7-19 Spanish St., which will take you on a stroll past the home of the founder of Cape Girardeau, a city 3 1/2 hours from Columbia, Missouri.

The project is part of celebration of National Historic Preservation Month.

Read the article about the Lotz and her work here.


Gawkers: Opportunity knocks

‘Tis the season — for home and garden tours. Each day, my inbox is flooded with releases about historic homes, via my Goggle alerts. Now, it’s filled with announcements for tours and it gives me an opportunity to bemoan Columbia’s lack of annual historic home tours. Sure, we have the Kitchens in Bloom, a tour of four homes that benefits the Boone County Council on Aging. And while these are typically beautiful homes, only rarely are the included homes historic.

But this year we’re in for a treat — 716 W. Broadway, the home of Adam and Heather Plues is on the tour. According to information compiled from the Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission and other resource, the home at 716 W. Broadway is a 1909 Colonial Revival built by John and Elizabeth Taylor House. It was placed on National Register of Historic Places in 2001 and was once a bed and breakfast, which closed in 2012. The house has since been purchased and spruced up on the outside and now is your chance to see the inside.

Here’s an image of it from when it was named to the Notable Properties List in 2002.

716 West Broadway, photograph by FitzImages Photography/City of Columbia Historic Preservation Commission, used with permission.

716 West Broadway, photograph by FitzImages Photography/City of Columbia Historic Preservation Commission, used with permission.

Yet, for demons for more historic home views, this is not enough. I’d love to see all the homes named to Columbia’s Notable Properties List since its inception in 1998 and all of them on the National Register of Historic Places. Wouldn’t you? That’s why I’m working on a book proposal to cover 25 to 50 of these homes — or other homes still yet to be lauded that highlight Columbia’s history.

Here’s a list of all of the honored homes in Columbia — which ones would you put on the list of 25 to 50 homes to be included in the book I’m working on?

Don’t be shy. Tell me if I’m missing one and tell me what you want to see.

Here’s the list of all the houses. I want to hear from you about your favorite wish-I-could-see-inside house:

  • 2 E. Stewart Road, ca. 1929, Spanish Eclectic. Daniel A. and Gona Wilkerson House. Named to Notable Properties List in 2004.
  • 7 Edgewood Ave., ca. 1926, Craftsman Bungalow. Harold and Buelah Parrish.
  • 10 N. Fourth St., 1889, Late Victorian, John William “Blind” Boone house, named to the National Register 1980.
  • 102 N. Glenwood Ave., 1919, Craftsman Bungalow. Henry and Lillian Kreutz Home.
  • 111 S. Glenwood Ave., ca. 1908, Craftsman. James A. Hudson Home.
  • 121 N. West Boulevard, 1934-1941, Tudor Revival. The former log cabin of Arch and Blanche McHarg. Original log cabin elements are part of current structure. Named to the Notable Properties List in 2004. Read about the “Hansel and Gretel House,” in this Missouri Life article.
  • 201 E. Brandon Road, 1937. Colonial Revival. Margaret and Sidney Neate.
  • 201 S. Glenwood Ave. ca. 1929, Georgian Revival, Mary Garth Gordon.
  • 201 E. Brandon Road, built 1937. Colonial Revival. Margaret and Sidney Neate Home.
  • 202 S. Glenwood Ave., ca. 1918, Colonial Revival. Home of Hulda and Walter Williams, the founder of the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Named to Notable Properties List in 2004.
  • 206 Bingham Road, 1928, Tudor Revival. Harry Satterlee and Florence Henderson. For more information, see these this article from 2012 when this home was named to the Notable Properties List: Six properties to be honored by Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission.
  • 206 S. Glenwood Ave., ca. 1909, Colonial Revival. Laura Matthews home.
  • 211 Westwood Ave., built 1911, Craftsman. George Reeder house. Read more about the house in this article, Honoring historic homes published in Mizzou, magazine of the Mizzou Alumni Association.
  • 211 Bingham, ca.1927. Georgian Revival. Margaret von Holtzendorff.
  • 211 Westwood Ave., ca. 1911, Craftsman. George Reeder.
  • 214 St. Joseph St., ca. 1903, Late Victorian. George Harrell Jr. Home. At one time, Harrell ran a dry cleaning business at the rear of the property.
  • 300 N. Tenth St., ca. 1882, Italianate. Samuel H. and Isabel Elkins House.
  • 300 S. Glenwood Ave., ca. 1920, Georgian Revival. Ruby M. Hulen House. Two-story brick home of Georgian style that was designed by a visiting professor from England.
  • 302 Westwood Ave., 1909, Colonial Revival. Ralph Harris.
  • 313 E. Brandon Road, ca 1940. Colonial Revival. Newell S. and Fern R. Gingrich.
  • 404 Thilly Ave., 1910, Craftsman. Robert and Ivy Selvidge Home.
  • 503 Edgewood Ave., 1910 ca., Craftsman. W.C. Davidson House.
  • 504 Westmount, 1906, Craftsman. One of the three “Peanut Brittle,” houses, this one was built by Winterton C. Curtis The “Peanut brittle” houses were all built using unorthodox construction methods, e.g. exteriors 7-inch-thick concrete blocks with small rocks embedded in them.
  • 509 Thilly Ave., ca 1909, Craftsman Foursquare. Emma and Lincoln Hyde. Lincoln Hyde was a professor of bridge engineering at the University of Missouri. The four-square brick structure includes lower level exterior walls three bricks thick while the second floor is two bricks thick.  The limestone used for the foundation was mined from the same site as that used to create MU’s White Campus. Read more about the house in this article, Honoring historic homes published in Mizzou, magazine of the Mizzou Alumni Association.
  • 511 S. Glenwood Ave., ca. 1916, Colonial Revival. William A. Miller.
  • 511 Westwood Ave., ca. 1916, Craftsman. Grace and Dr. Edwin B. Branson. Dr. Edwin Branson was the chairman of the Geology Department at the University of Missouri in the early 1900s.  The house is built of gunnite, a type of mortar conveyed through a hose at high velocity. The interior and exterior decorative features include wrought iron from New Orleans. Read more about the house in this article, Honoring historic homes published in Mizzou, magazine of the Mizzou Alumni Association.
  • 602 Sanford Place, ca. 1869, Italianate. Sanford and Kate Conley House.
  • 608 Westmount, 1906, Craftsman. One of the three “Peanut Brittle,” houses.
  • 610 W. Broadway, ca. 1921, Craftsman. A. Fredendall. Named to the Most Notable Properties list in 2011. It was built by A. Fredendall, pioneer Columbia clothier and merchant. It was later owned by the H.R. Mueller family, which owned and operated the HRMueller Florist Co, according to the West Broadway Historic District Property Information Form prepared by Debbie Sheals, which is available online here.  Read more about the house in this Feb. 15, 2011 Columbia Missourian article.
  • 611 W. Worley, ca. 1904, Late Victorian. James and Suzie Ridgeway Home. Vernacular interpretation of Gothic Revival style.
  • 700 W. Broadway, ca. 1908, Late Victorian. John A. and Clara Stewart home.
  • 700 Mount Vernon, ca. 1911, Colonial Revival. Robert and Lura Tandy. A 2-story farmhouse, the south side of the home was the original front, and then had an Amelia Street address.
  • 703 Ingleside Drive, ca. 1926, Spanish Eclectic. W.J. and Clara Lhamon House. Named to the Columbia Most Notable Properties list in 2013. See the article about that here.
  • 703 Westmount, ca. 1909, Craftsman. W.D.A. and Frederica Westfall Home.
  • 704 Westmount, 1906, Craftsman. One of the three “Peanut Brittle,” houses.
  • 709 W. Broadway, ca. 1920, Colonial Revival. Eugene Heidman House, once owned by E.F. Heidman, owner of long-time downtown drug store Peck’s Drug Store. Named to the Notable Property List in 2004.
  • 711 Thilly Ave., 1959, Mid-Century Modern. Perry and Ella Phillips Home. Contemporary style by architect Harris Armstrong.
  • 716 W. Broadway, 1909, Colonial Revival. John and Elizabeth Taylor House, placed on National Register of Historic Places in 2001. Learn more and see pictures here. The house was once a bed and breakfast, but was closed in 2012. The house was on the market for $659,900, according to Trulia, but has since been sold. Yet, you can still see pictures on Trulia here.
  • 803 Alton Ave, ca. 1914, Vernacular. Harvey and Eugenia Wieghtman House.
  • 809 S. Providence Road, ca. 1878, Classical Revival. George and Margaret Rollins.
  • 818 W. Rollins Road, ca. 1910, Queen Anne. A.W. and Bernadine Blanks.
  • 901 N. Rangeline St., ca. 1920, Craftsman Foursquare. F.T. and Masie Leebrick House.
  • 903 S. Providence Road, ca., 1929, Colonial Revival. Charles and Reginia McGinley home.
  • 905 S. Providence Road, 1925,Tudor Revival. Bessie W. and Dr. J.E. Thornton. Named to Notable Properties in 2014.
  • 915 S. Providence Road, ca. 1928, Colonial Revival. Orville and Maude Barnett House.
  • 916 W. Stewart Road, 1932, Tudor Revival. Claude and Stella Woolsey House. Named to the Columbia Most Notable Properties list in 2013. See the article about that here.
  • 917 Edgewood Ave., 1952, Mid-Century Modern. T.W. and Elizabeth Bretz.
  • 917 S. Providence Road, ca. 1938, Colonial Revival. Victoria D. and Elmer H. Almquist.
  • 920 Cherry St., c. 1837, Niedermeyer Apartments with its 30 apartments is, in effect, many homes. Named to 2013 Columbia Notable Properties List.
  • 923 S. Providence Road, 1954, Ranch. Donald S. and Mary A. Chaney House.
  • 927 S. Providence Road, ca. 1941, Colonial Revival. Sen. Roy D. and Nellie M. Miller House.
  • 929 S. Providence Road, ca. 1939, Colonial Revival. J.E. and Fannie M. Bardelmeier House.
  • 1252 Sunset Drive, ca., 1939, Cape Cod. Albert and Thelma Trombly House. Built by a former member of the English Department at the University of Missouri.
  • 1312 W. Broadway, 1840s-1892, Italiante I-House. Edward Camplin House. Started as a log cabin before becoming Booneslick Inn and the Springdale House. Named to the Notable Properties List in 2004.
  • 1315 University Ave., ca. 1926, Craftsman. Harry B. Roth.
  • 1404 E. Broadway, 1905, Late Victorian. Olive and Kennard Chandler.
  • 1411 Anthony St., 1906, Dutch Colonial revival-style. Arthur and Susie Buchroeder House. Named to the Columbia Most Notable Properties list in 2013. See the article about that here.
  • 1502 Anthony St., 1939, Tudor Revival. Francis Pike House. Named to Notable Properties in 2014.
  • 1516 Wilson Avenue, circa 1916. Colonial Revival. Walter and Helen Guthrie Miller House.
  • 1526 Wilson Ave., ca. 1916, Colonial Revival. Walter and Helen Guthrie.
  • 1601 Stoney Brook Place, ca., 1876, Vernacular I-House. County Infirmary Building. This home may be Boone County’s oldest home according to this Feb. 5, 2008, Columbia Missourian article. According to city records, the land was purchased in 1854 by the court from Murdock and Anne Garrett to establish a county infirmary or poor farm for the county’s indigent citizens.  The infirmary was erected in 1864 and was maintained by the county until 1898 when the land property was sold to J.B. Turner. This property represents the 100th selection of Most Notable Property by the Historic Preservation Commission.
  • 1602 Hinkson Ave., ca. 1906. Queen Anne/Dutch. Joseph and Mary Duncan House. Named to the Most Notable Properties List in 2011. See this Feb. 15, 2011 Columbia Missourian article.
  • 1620 Hinkson Ave., ca. 1895, Queen Anne. Sally Flood House. She was one of Columbia’s first primary school teachers. One of only a few Queen Anne-style Victorian homes in Columbia. Named to the Notable Properties List in 2004.
  • 1719 University Ave., ca. 1938, Colonial Revival. Merle M. and Grace Prunty.
  • 1844 Cliff Drive, ca. 1950, Mid-Century Modern. David and Helen Pinkney House.
  • 1863 Cliff Drive, ca. 1950. Mid-Century Modern. Mary Coleman home.
  • 2007 S. Country Club Drive, ca. 1927, Tudor Revival. Built by Barry McAlester, son of A.W. McAlester, who helped develop MU’s School of Medicine. The McAlester’s family crest presides over a living room which showcases a fireplace adorned with limestone carvings. The dining room features hand-painted wall paper, according to this article, Honoring historic homes published in Mizzou, magazine of the Mizzou Alumni Association. The home across the street, 2000 S. Country Club Drive, once stood on this spot. Barry McAlester moved that home which he’d also built so he could build this home on what he considered the better location.
  • 2011 N. Country Club Drive, ca. 1883. Second Empire. Built for Dr. Andrew W. McAlester as a part of his 160 acre farm. McAlester helped develop MU’s School of Medicine. The stone gates at the head of Country Club Drive served as his entrance and the entire County Club area was a part of his farm. The house consists of oak framing with cedar lap siding on a concrete brick foundation. Read more about the house in this article, Honoring historic homes published in Mizzou, magazine of the Mizzou Alumni Association.
  • 2815 Oakland Gravel Road, ca. 1862, Italianate. The David Guitar House, later became known as Confederate Hill. Named to the National Register of Historic Places on Sept. 9, 1993. This home is currently owned by Pat Westhoff and Elena Vega who purchased it on Oct. 18, 2010 at absolute auction for $155,500. The house previously had been on the market for $499,000. According to this Oct. 4, 2012 article, Slave cabins in Boone County, the property has a slave cabin on it.
  • 2911 Old Highway 63 South, 1925, Craftsman. Annie Fisher House. DEMOLISHED, 2011. Read more in this Nov. 29, 2011 article in the Columbia Daily Tribune. This link will take you to a photo of the house. For more information, click here. Annie Fisher, the daughter of slaves, became one of Columbia’s first African-American business owners. She operated a restaurant and catering service out of this house, which was named to Columbia’s Notable Properties list in 2009.
  • 3005 Mexico Gravel Road, 1827-1836, Federal I-House. Greenwood Heights. Read more about it on this Columbia Historic Homes page.

2911 Old 63 South, Annie Fisher House DEMOLISHED, 2011.

The now demolished Annie Fisher House once resided on Old 63. It was the home of one of Columbia's first African-American entrepreneurs. She operated a restaurant out of this house.

The now demolished Annie Fisher House once resided on Old 63. It was the home of one of Columbia’s first African-American entrepreneurs. She operated a restaurant out of this house.

  • 3700 Ponderosa Drive, 1877, Italianate. Maplewood House. Named to the National Historic Register 4/13/1979. This house is open to the public for tours on Saturdays and Sundays, May through September. For more information, call 573-443-8936 or click this link.  According to this Oct. 4, 2012 article, Slave cabins in Boone County, the property has a slave cabin on it.
  • 4713 Brown Station Road, ca. 1915. Vernacular. An auction was set for August 17, 2013 on this building which was built as Keene School, a two-story brick schoolhouse, with living quarters for the teacher on the second floor. Today, it is used as a residence. It was added to Columbia’s Notable Property list in 2004.
  • 3801 Ponderosa St., 1925, Vernacular. Shotgun house, formerly at Garth Avenue and Worley Streets, built circa 1925, recently moved to the developing outdoor museum at the Boone County Historical Society.
  • Gordon Manor, named to both lists at one time, was destroyed by fire in 1998 and demolished in 1999. It was near Stephens Lake, which is now within Stephens Lake Park operated by the City of Columbia’s Parks & Recreation Department