COLUMBIA — Columbia's Historic Preservation Commission started to make plans Tuesday for its 2010 "Most Notable Properties" program.
For the past 11 years, the commission has promoted the annual program. Citizens refer historic properties to the commission for review and possible acceptance as one of the 10 "most notable" to be recognized.
The properties need to be at least 50 years old, located within the city of Columbia corporate limits and have architectural or historical characteristics that contribute to the city's social and/or aesthetic resources, according to the commission's Web site.
Nomination forms are available at www.gocolumbiamo.com/Planning/Commissions/HPC or by contacting the Department of Planning and Development at (573) 874-7239. Nominations must be submitted by Oct. 1.
Secretary Michael Clark sees this program as one of the best things the commission does.
"It helps the community recognize and honor cultural events as well as the places that capture the spirit of Columbia," he said.
If the property gets voted in, the building is identified with a black and gold sign indicating the year of acceptance by the commission.
Chairman Brian Treece said, "It's very important to recognize the history and culture of the community we live in. They can be residential properties, commercial properties or buildings in which notable people lived."
Vice Chairman Brent Gardner said, "It's really an education program for citizens. The 2010 'Most Notable Properties' helps illuminate the history of the city, and we try to make them (Columbians) value that."
The 10 recipients of the most notable property awards will be honored at a Feb. 5 gala.