COLUMBIA — The Historic Preservation Commission met Wednesday afternoon at City Hall to discuss current proposals for the reconstruction of Maplewood Barn Community Theatre.
The commission decided it wanted a barn that most closely resembles the original location, size and functionality of the now ashen Maplewood Barn. Commission members said they also would like historically appropriate materials and construction types from 133 years ago.
“The city’s first priority needs to be building a 133-year-old barn and not the 37-year-old theater,” commission Chairman Brian Treece said.
The commission’s next step will be to set up a meeting with Columbia Parks and Recreation, which it hopes to schedule before the November election.
Other options developed at previous planning meetings included building a new barn on or near the original site. These plans did not appeal to the commission because they would not have replicated the historical appearance of the original barn. Commission members also stated that they had been uninvolved with previous planning meetings.
The commission originally wanted to transport another historically significant barn to where Maplewood once stood but decided that option was not feasible.