Take a peek at the honored properties

Saturday, January 31, 2009 | 7:25 p.m. CST; updated 7:34 p.m. CST, Sunday, February 8, 2009
Annie Fischer house, 2911 S. Old 63: Built in the 1920s by Annie Fischer, the house was used as a restaurant and catering service. Fischer is credited with being one of the first African-American business owners in Boone County and won first prize for her beaten biscuits and cured ham at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. In 1911, President William Howard Taft requested her biscuits when he visited the Missouri State Fair. The house is owned by Merle Jr. and Charlotte Smarr.

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COLUMBIA — These are the buildings and properties named to the 10 Most Notable Properties list.

The properties must be at least 50 years old, be occupied by a historic person, have unusual architectural qualities, renovations and interesting attributes or have interesting stories about the structure.


Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church, 702 Wilkes Blvd.: Constructed in 1917, the church was built for workers of the Hamilton-Brown Shoe Co. The church originally featured a red tile roof, which has since been replaced. Additions were made in 1944 and 1961, with the main entrance being designed by local architect John Hurst. The church is owned by Wilkes Boulevard UMC Inc.
St. Clair Hall at Columbia College, 1001 Rogers St.: The Elizabethan-style building was constructed in 1900 and features symmetrical towers as well as multiple gables and dormers. It was named in memory of Luella St. Clair’s husband, Frank, during her term as president of the college. The building originally housed administrative offices and classrooms and served as a student dormitory.
Quarry Heights neighborhood and quarry: Adjacent to the MKT Trail, the Quarry Heights quarry serves as a private recreation spot for residents of the Quarry Heights neighborhood. The former limestone quarry features an artificial lake for swimming. The neighborhood was formed in 1951.
Private home, 700 Mount Vernon Ave.: This colonial two-story farmhouse was built by Robert and Lura Tandy in 1911. There have been 16 owners with the longest being Josie Johnson from 1958 to 1977. Current owners Stacey and Rebecca Woelfel have found numerous objects left by previous owners, most notably a diamond ring.
Old Flat Branch wastewater treatment plant, now Audubon Society of Columbia's Trailside Nature Center, 800 S. Stadium Blvd.: Built by the Works Progress Administration in 1939, the Flat Branch wastewater treatment plant served Columbia residents until its sewage was diverted to the new regional facility in 1983. Today, the small two-story brick building south of Stadium Boulevard near the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at Battle Garden houses the Columbia Audubon Society's Trailside Nature Center and public restrooms.
Missouri Press Association building, 802/804 Locust St.: Built in the late 1920s, the building has served as the headquarters for the Missouri Press Association since 1969. Notable members of the association include Walter Williams, who founded the Missouri School of Journalism in 1908 and served as president of the university from 1931 to 1935. The building features many architectural qualities of the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, which was constructed about the same time.
State Highway Maintenance Building, 900 N. Old 63: The Missouri State Highway Department built the structure in 1928 to serve as a maintenance building. It is made of brick and is an example of 1920s industrial architecture. The building is owned by Elizabeth Goldenhirsch.
Dumas Apartments, 413 Hitt St.: Built by L.W. Dumas Sr. and his son, Lewis Dumas Jr., Dumas Apartments was the first privately owned apartment complex built next to MU. One notable occupant was Sarah Allen, who was a war correspondent during World War II. During Prohibition in 1920, police made two arrests and confiscated a 4-gallon still, a 10-gallon jar of mash, a sack of hops, four bottles of beer and a pint of distilled alcohol. The building is owned by Jack and Evelyn Richardson.
Cape Cod-style private home, 1252 Sunset Drive: One of the first homes to be built in the Sunset Hills subdivision, this Cape Cod-style home, circa 1939, is one of a few houses in Columbia of this architectural style. Former MU English professor Albert Trombley built and lived in the house. Much of the interior, including the original plaster walls, hardwood floors and woodwork, has been restored. The house is owned by David and Diane O’Hagan.

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