UPDATE: Shotgun house makes cross-town move to Boone Junction History Village

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 | 9:54 p.m. CDT; updated 10:21 a.m. CDT, Thursday, March 12, 2009
The historic shotgun house at the corner of Garth Avenue and Worley Street is prepared to be relocated to the Boone Junction History Village.

This story has been modified to correct the spelling of Brian Treece's name.

COLUMBIA — “Move that house!”

Amid cheers and applause, the shotgun house began its gradual journey toward its final destination at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.


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Formerly located at 500 N. Garth Ave., the historic house was moved across town to the Boone Junction History Village. A shotgun house refers to a narrow home with rooms placed single-file one behind another with no halls.

A narrow rectangular structure, the shotgun house has been standing since the 1920s and was the first notable historic property in Columbia, said Mike Martin, one of its owners. He and Brian Treece*, the other owner of the property, bought the house in 2007 and have been discussing its relocation with the Boone County Historical Society and City Council for many months.

Workers labored for two days to get the house off the ground, Treece said. They installed cribbing to stabilize the structure and then jacked it up so they could push a trailer underneath it. A special foundation was laid at the History Village so the house could be backed in and lowered to the ground.

Dozens of neighbors gathered in the cold to watch the progress of the house as workers from utility companies hurried to move telephone and electric lines out of the way.

“Oh, I just love it,” Kathy Lee, Columbia resident, said. “It’s exciting to see a house move. I’ve seen it on TV but never in person.”

Across the street, Samantha and Kelly Vanengelenhoven watched from their house.

“It’s sad to see it move, but it’s better than tearing it down,” Samantha said.

The shotgun house, sitting on a truck bearing an “Oversize Load” banner, had some trouble starting its expedition because of low-hanging wires at the intersection of Garth Avenue and Worley Street. It was a problem at many of the following intersections.

Numerous police cars and construction trucks surrounded the house during the move to ensure the safety of the process. The workers deposited the structure at the History Village.

Martin said he planned to clean up the empty land, now strewn with rocks and mud, left by the house.


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Charles Dudley Jr March 17, 2009 | 8:19 a.m.

Why not get the City put a nice bus stop at that now vacant location?

The city just loves tiny micro mini park projects don't they?

Here is a prime spot for GetAbout,Columbia Public Transit and P&R to actually do a very useful project in the First Ward. Two bus routes intersect at that intersection already.

The lot is obviously to small for a normal size house.

Maybe even some kind of a plaque with the early history of First Ward included on site too along with an emergency phone.

Maximize your resources people.

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Mark Foecking March 17, 2009 | 10:28 a.m.

That's Mike Martin's lot, so he and his partner will have to figure out what to do with it.

It's large enough for a cottage.


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Charles Dudley Jr March 17, 2009 | 1:57 p.m.

I know it is Mike Martin's lot Einstein. I was just tossing out ideas.

If the city goes through with the plan of a side walk along the entire North side of Worley that lots will be smaller yet.

Do you honestly expect some one to live in a house the size of a 18 foot trailer just so they can have a yard and a car port in the middle of "the hood"?

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