COLUMBIA — Construction of a new barn would not be historic, the Historic Preservation Commission said at its meeting Tuesday night.
The commission reacted to two proposed options for constructing a replacement barn at the site of the Maplewood Barn Community Theatre, which burned down in April. Two options for a new barn were discussed in a different community meeting last week.
Members of the commission said they are not eager to support either of the proposed options. They said they should continue to focus on historic structures in Columbia, rather than support the construction of new ones.
“To me there’s no charm in either of those,” commission member Patrick Earney said of the two options.
Earney, along with fellow commission members, said that it would be impossible for a new structure to replace the historic one that came before it.
While the construction of a new barn was not well received by the commission, members were not without alternative suggestions for the theater.
Commission chairman Brian Treece said that he would like for those in support of new construction "to take a step back" and consider alternative options.
Members discussed the potential of moving another historic barn from elsewhere in Boone County to the Maplewood site in Nifong Park. Earney said that a transported barn could function as a freestanding backdrop to a stage.
At the conclusion of their discussion, members agreed that construction of a new theater was one option they could not support.
“Our perspective has to be historic," said Brent Gardner, the commission's vice chairman.