Columbia Historic Preservation Commission, Events, Get involved, Historic Preservation Commission, Missouri Preservation, Missouri State Historical Society

Events: African American newspapers, National Register changes, State preservation conference

Mark your calendar:

  • 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30 — The African American Press in Missouri, a lecture about African American newspapers in Missouri. The presentation will be given by Debra Foster Greene, Lincoln University professor emerita of history. From 1875 to 1970, Missouri had more than 60 black-owned newspapers. The event is free and will be held in the Stotler Lounge in the Memorial Student Union. It will start with light refreshment at 6 p.m., with the lecture at 6:30 p.m. and an opportunity to meet Greene at 7:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by the State Historical Society of Missouri.
  • 11:59 p.m. (E.T.) Tuesday, April 30 — Deadline to comment on changes to the National Register of Historic Places. According to this April 26, 2019 article in Forbes magazine, new rules are to be put in place that will make it more difficult to have places placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Being on the Register does not protect a property fro demolition, but it can make it eligible for tax incentives. The two changes call for making it possible for one landowner within an area to “override the consensus of the population of an entire district.” It would also change the rules for nominating properties that are controlled by Federal agencies, making it impossible for local agencies to “advocate for sites within their own communities.”
  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, 2019 — The Historic Preservation Commission of the city of Columbia will hold its regular monthly meeting in Conference Room 1B in City Hall at 701 E. Broadway. The HPC is designed to educate and inform the community about the city’s “historical, archeological and architectural heritage,” according to the city’s website. The HPC also “investigates and recommends to the Council the adoption of ordinances…” Meetings of the HPC are open to the public.
  • June 19-21, 2019 — Registration for the Missouri Preservation’s annual conference is open. The event will be held in St. Joseph, Missouri and work sessions range from saving brick buildings to tax credits to window restoration and repair. The event is $75 for one day, $150 for two days and $230 for the entire event. Missouri Preservation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to education, advocation and assistance. Transparency note: I attended this event last year and found it education and valuable.
Black History, Churches, National Register of Historic Places, Sacred Spaces

Civil War to today reflected in Second Missionary Baptist Church

A historic building helps society recall its history, as demonstrated by this magazine article on the 150-year-history of Second Missionary Baptist Church, now at Fourth and Broadway.

Why say it is now at Fourth and Broadway? At one time, Fourth Street was called River Street for the Flat Branch waterway that now runs under Fourth Street, according to at National Register of Historic Places document that outlines the history of the adjacent J.W. “Blind” Boone home.

The article is headlined “Second Missionary Baptist Church reflects o 150 years of rich history,” and was written by Lauren Rutherford and published on April 7, 2016 in Vox magazine.

The piece explains the importance of the church: It housed and houses a community that has endured the insidious lasting harms of slavery and one that has also endured, fought and won many battles in the fight for civil rights. For example, the Rev. Clyde Ruffin helped spearhead an effort to place a tombstone at the grave of a man who was lynched in 1923. The church has been the staging ground of civil rights efforts as well.

This article demonstrates the purpose of historic buildings and how to save historic buildings. First, the purpose of historic buildings is so as a society, we are reminded of our history, good and bad. Second, saving a historic building requires that the building has a use.

Commercial, Commercial Buildings, National Register of Historic Places, Notable Properties List

The history behind The Blue Note building

Yes, you’ve heard right: Richard King is selling The Blue Note at 17 N. Ninth St. But this former “movie palace,” won’t be going the way of other movie venues in downtown Columbia, Missouri. These two articles, “Richard King sells The Blue Note, Mojo’s,” and “Richard King passes torch, sells The Blue Note, Mojo’s.

The live music venue is being purchased by Matt Gerding and Scott Leslie, who will maintain its purpose and vibe.

Important for more than the most recent 34 years of great music, The Blue Note is part of downtown theatre history. Don’t let anyone tell you the building started out as vaudeville theatre. Built in 1927 by Tom C. Hall, it was once The Varsity Theatre and it showed movies from then until the 1960s, according to this National Register of Historic Places document on the North Ninth Street Historic District (Downtown Columbia, Missouri MPS) (map [see note]), 5-36 North Ninth St., Columbia (1/21/04).

This report refers to the building as one of the largest and newest buildings in that district. It was built at a cost of $100,000, or $1.3 million in today’s purchasing power, according to Measuring Worth, a website that gives comparative, historic values. It was designed by Boller Brothers of Kansas City, according to Debbie Sheals, author of the NRHP document. She notes it was the third movie theatre on that block and the second on that exact spot. The Star occupied that space previously and was also owned by Hall and it either burned or was razed.

But The Star isn’t the only theatre missing from downtown Columbia. By 1930, Ninth Street offered 3,591 theatre seats in a city of roughly 15,000. In 2010, Columbia had 4,227 seats for a population of roughly 100,000. Prior to television and now Netflix, people went to the movies much more often, according to this 2010 article, “Capturing Columbia’s Cinema Century,” in the Columbia Business Times.

Here is a list of some of Columbia’s missing theatres:

Haden Opera House: 1884-1901, destroyed by fire. Showed the first film in Columbia in 1897.

Airdome at Tenth & Walnut.

Columbia Theatre at 1103 E. Broadway. The interior was destroyed by fire and the first floor remains as a law office.

The Uptown on Broadway is now a retail space.

The Elite at 13 N. Ninth St.

The M Theatre at 8-10 N. Ninth St.

The Columbia Broadway Drive-In Theatre, where Gerbes is on Broadway now.

The Biscayne III on Stadium, where the Shoppes at Stadium are now.

The Columbia Mall 4, close to where Barnes & Noble is now.

Columbia Historic Preservation Commission, Events, Historical Homes, National Register of Historic Places, Notable Properties List, Uncategorized

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

 

Areas, Historical Homes, National Register of Historic Places

Learn how to uncover history

Have you ever wondered about the history of your home, neighborhood or one you drive by or see often?

Here’s your chance to learn how to uncover the history all around you. Deb Sheals, an architectural historian and historic preservation consultant will be giving a free talk at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at the Columbia Public Library in the Friends Room.

The library’s calendar notes she’ll explain what records to look for to date historic houses and identify their early owners and occupants and where to find records online and locally.

The talk is called, “If Walls Could Talk.”

For example, this house is Wilson Avenue, which used to be Keiser Avenue. The name of the street was changed following the anti-German sentiments that arose following World War I, according to documents nominating the East Campus Neighborhood for placement on the Register. The document notes, “Wilson Avenue was once named Keiser Avenue, perhaps named after J. P.Keiser, who owned land in the area in the late 19th century. The name was changed in the late teens or early twenties, as a result of anti-German sentiments following WWI. The new name could be after Thomas C. Wilson, an early resident of 1507 Wilson, who served as the secretary to the Board of Agriculture in 1912…”

1516 Wilson Avenue, built 1916, photo courtesy of Historic Preservation Commission and FitzImages Photography
1516 Wilson Avenue, built 1916, photo courtesy of Historic Preservation Commission and FitzImages Photography

This talk could help you unearth equally interesting information about your own area.

What kinds of historic things have you learned about your home, neighborhood or areas you frequent? What records did you use or uncover?

Historical Homes, National Register of Historic Places

716 W. Broadway – Peek Inside

Formerly the Taylor House Inn, a bed and breakfast, the home at 716 W. Broadway is for sale and here’s an online peek inside.

The pictures are poor and only give you a small view of what’s inside this 1909, but it’s nice to get a look inside this seven bedroom, five bath house. The house is 6,447 square feet and is for sale for $659,900. It is listed by Colby Ardrey of Coldwell Banker Tatie Payne Inc.

But these pictures don’t tell the real story of this house. This Colonial Revival home under went a $1.3 million renovation in 1999 by Deborah and Robert Tucker.

The history behind the home is even better. This two and one-half story home was built by a man who attended school only through the age of 12, when he was apprenticed to a cabinet-maker. Today, the age of being apprenticed to someone is long gone.

The story of John Newton Taylor and his wife Elizabeth F. Reed of Huntsville is told in the National Register of Historic Places. The home was placed on the Register on May 25, 2001 and named to Columbia’s Historical Preservation Commission’s List of Notable Properties in 2002.

716 W. Broadway, Taylor House, photograph courtesy of Columbia's Historic Preservation Commission and FitzImages Photography

716 W. Broadway, Taylor House, photograph courtesy of Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission and FitzImages Photography

Born in Pennsylvania, John Taylor  moved to Iowa and worked as a cabinet-maker. There he married Lida Stroup and they moved to Huntsville in Randolph County, Missouri. They went on to have four children, but she died in 1886 and he married Huntsville, native Elizabeth F. Reed in 1890. They went on to have seven children.

The Taylors built their house in 1909. John Taylor had piano and furniture stores in several mid-Missouri towns, including Columbia and gradually he went into the automobile business, even acquiring the local Dodge dealership before the car was even on the market, according to the NRHP nomination form. In 1917, Taylor ran an ad in the Boone County Atlas proclaiming himself a wholesale and retail dealer in pianos and automobiles, the document notes. Taylor also served on the board of directors for the Columbia Commercial Club, the forerunner of Columbia’s Chamber of Commerce.

By his death in 1932 at age 83, he was a prominent businessman. His obituary was printed on the front page of the local newspaper with a photograph, and the mayor and city council all attended. City employees were even given time off for the funeral, the NRHP document continues — noting his son Thomas Taylor was a city councilman at the time.

After his death, wife Elizabeth continued to live in the house with her daughter Eleanor, who was then an assistant professor at the University of Missouri. In 1935, Elizabeth had the house divided into a triplex and continued to live in the home. Elizabeth also developed the surrounding acreage.

As the years passed, the house passed out of the Taylor family and fell into some disrepair.

Then, in 1999, Deborah and Robert Tucker, then owners of Tucker’s Jewelry, renovated the home, converting it into a bed and breakfast. Then, in 2012, the bed and breakfast was suddenly closed.

The home was also featured in a January 13, 2010, Columbia Missourian article on an effort to have a section of West Broadway placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

All this in a home built by someone who only attended school through the age of 12 and then went on to become a cabinet-maker. Yes, historical homes do tell us about who were were and, in this case, with his automobile business, where we went.

Historical Homes, National Register of Historic Places

New life at Guitar Mansion, 2815 Oakland Gravel Road

By either name, Guitar Mansion or Confederate Hill, the house at 2815 Oakland Gravel Road is seeing new life as a single-family home once again. Planned for use as a bed and breakfast at one time, in 2010, the house was purchased and has been returned to its original use as a single-family home.

See the house as it gets a needed spruce up at this link to a Jan. 3, 2012 Columbia Missourian article.

As a bonus, the article online includes a link to the Register of Historic Places document, which includes a historical account of the home, historical maps and photographs.

http://www.columbiamissourian.com/stories/2012/01/03/living-history-historic-guitar-mansion-2815-n-oakland-gravel-road-residential-home-again-first-time-almost-15-years/