Boonville to host 2013 Missouri Alliance of Historic Preservation Conference

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 | 8:05 p.m. CDT; updated 2:44 p.m. CDT, Thursday, September 20, 2012

COLUMBIA — The city of Boonville has been chosen to host the 2013 Missouri Alliance of Historic Preservation annual conference next fall. 

According to Missouri Alliance of Historic Preservation Field Representative Bill Hart, Boonville and Columbia were the only two cities to submit formal applications to host next year's conference.

Holly Peterson, the administrator of the Missouri Alliance of Historic Preservation, said the city of Columbia submitted an excellent application, but the city of Columbia withdrew its application at the City Council meeting Monday.

Brent Gardner of the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission proposed the motion to apply for the 2013 conference, and he said he believes Columbia will apply again for the 2014 conference. Hart also said he believes Columbia will likely host in 2014.

"It's a why not thing," said Gardner on hosting the conference. "It brings people to Columbia and gives us a chance to show off our historical landmarks to people from all around the state."

This year's conference will be held in St. Louis's historic Loop in University City from Oct. 24 to 26. The conference was hosted in Joplin in 2011. 

Hart said the focus of this year's conference will be the preservation of historical buildings from the modern age. The threshold for when a buildings can be approved to be listed as national historic place is 50 years, which means buildings from the early 1960s are now eligible. 

The Missouri Alliance of Historic Preservation moved its headquarters from Columbia to Boonville in August. Its new office is in the Katy Depot, a historic Spanish-style mansion that was built in 1912 and was restored in 1998. 

"The move was an opportunity to not only have a lower rent but to be in a building that is listed as a national recorded historic place," Peterson said.  

Supervising editor is Zach Murdock.

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