Public invited to tour historic City Hall complex

Monday, March 14, 2011 | 6:37 p.m. CDT; updated 8:14 p.m. CDT, Monday, March 14, 2011

COLUMBIA — At the Daniel Boone City Building, it's 5 o'clock all the time.

The pendulum clock that once hung in the restaurant of the former Daniel Boone Hotel — a clock where all hands point to 5 p.m. — will be on display during public tours of the new City Hall complex from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The evening includes remarks by Mayor Bob McDavid and a presentation by the Boone County Historical Society. Light refreshments will be served.

The city recently completed a five-story wing that connects to the former hotel and tavern, which was also renovated. The buildings house more than 250 employees.

Columbia and Boone County governments purchased the building in 1975 to be renovated for office and administrative space.

"We are pleased to welcome everyone to see what's new and what's been revealed from the past," Assistant City Manager Tony St. Romaine said in a news release.

The historic Boone building, 701 E. Broadway, was built in 1917, the first multistory hotel in Columbia. Over the years the hotel hosted celebrities that included former President Harry S. Truman.

"The hotel was a social center until it closed in the 1960s," St. Romaine said.

Bill Crawford, former president of the Boone County Historical Society said he was happy to see the city's dedication to maintaining historical structures such as the Daniel Boone Building.

"We're so fortunate that the city of Columbia and the people have managed to hold on to it," Crawford said.

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