Columbia College

Columbia College’s history referenced by Belleville News-Democrat

The Belleville News-Democrat,, has an question and answer section in it online publication.

A recent question referenced Columbia College, and the answer includes some very interesting history. Here is the answer and question, reprinted with permission from

Q. Every time I turn on the TV, I see ads for various colleges. Are these schools legit or just another way to make a buck? For example, Columbia College, Anthem College, DeVry University, etc.

— R.A., of Belleville

A. Looks like you need an education on college history.

Columbia College would be particularly unhappy to hear you questioning its legitimacy. A private liberal arts school, it was founded as Christian Female College in 1851 in Columbia, Mo.

Back then, a few dozen young women would start the day with a walk at 6 a.m. followed by worship, classes, a daily composition and a Bible lecture each night. In 1970, the school changed its name and switched from a two-year, all-female college to a four-year coed school.

Now, the school is home to more than 4,000 students at its main campus as well as 25,000 more taking courses at 33 campuses around the country and online. If that’s not legit enough for you, McKendree fans may remember the two NAIA volleyball titles that the Columbia Cougars won in 1998 and 1999 with an 89-0 record. It’s also the alma mater of famed singer-actress Jane Froman, whose rendition of the Lord’s Prayer can be heard on KMOX.

Other schools don’t have quite that distinguished background, but seem no less legit. Anthem College Online, for example, is a part of the Anthem Education Group, which was founded in 1965 as the Electronic Institute of Arizona. It boasts two dozen campus around the country, including the old Allied College in St. Louis, which it acquired in 2003.

Similarly, DeVry University was founded in 1931 as DeForest Training School and now has more than 80,000 undergrad and grad students at more than 90 campuses. Of course, potential students should investigate any school before signing on the dotted line.


Columbia Historic Preservation Commission

KOMU coverage of 2011 Most Notable Properties

Through this link, you can view KOMU’s coverage of the then-upcoming gala event of Feb. 16, 2011 where the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission announced the five new properties named to the Most Notable Properties List.

The coverage by Josh Frydman notes the five new properties will be added to the 118 already on the list. The segment starts by highlighting one of the five, Frederick Douglass High School, and includes photographs of other buildings added to the Most Notable Properties.


Historical Homes, Uncategorized

A 1924 teardown alternative

In 1924, Berry McAlester moved the home at 2000 South Country Club Drive to its present location.

Today, the 1910 stone home is owned and lovingly kept by Russell and Mary Still. You can take a tour via this article published in the Dec 2000/Jan 2011 issue of Columbia Home and Lifestyle.

The home was moved to make way for the Tudor house McAlester built in 1927 at 2000 S. Country Club Drive. Today, it stands empty, for sale. You can take a peek inside by clicking on this virtual tour here.

These days, teardowns don’t involve a move of an elegant home across the street — they are literally torn down and typically replaced with what are called McMansions, homes that are often out of place with the other houses, destroying what is called the streetscape. A streetscape is the way an entire street or area looks, its character. A new home out of scale with its surroundings can look like a sore thumb.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has taken note of this trend and outlines what it is, where it is prevalent and what preservationists can do about it. Learn more here.

Why would someone tear down a house to make way for a new one? Sometimes the property is more valuable than the house. Sometimes the house is in poor condition. And sometimes people simply want a bigger home. But when an out of character home is built on a plot, it affects more than just the homeowner.

However, in this case of a 1924 alternative to a teardown, both homes still exist and are historic beauties.

Columbia Historic Preservation Commission

Public invited to Feb. 1, 2011 Notable Property Gala

Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011 is the date set for the annual Most Notable Property Gala.

The event is free and open to the public.

It will be held in the Historic Daniel Boone Building (City Hall) at 701 E. Broadway, with a presentation at 7 p.m. (This will be an excellent opportunity to see the newly renovated former Daniel Boone Tavern.)

At this event, the City of Columbia Historic Preservation Commission will unveil the home, buildings and properties selected for this year’s Most Notable Property.

In past years, the presentation has included photographs and a short history of the property.

The Historic Preservation Commission has been naming properties to a list of Most Notable Properties since 1998. Many years, the Commission named 10 properties to the list with those properties. Past properties named have included commercial properties, private homes, churches, buildings on the campuses of Stephens, Columbia College and the University of Missouri. There are even two cemeteries on the list of Notable Properties.

For more information, call: (573) 874-7239, or visit the web at: