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FROM READERS: Resident shares thoughts on Columbia's 2013 Most Notable Properties

By DIANNA BORSI O'BRIEN/MISSOURIAN READER
March 12, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
Six historic sites across Columbia made the Historic Preservation Commission's 2013 list of Most Notable Places including Booche's and the Niedermeyer building.

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Dianna O’Brien is a local freelance magazine writer who has written for national trade magazines as well as local magazines including Columbia Home and Columbia Business Times. This story is pulled from two posts on one of her blogs, columbiahistorichomes.com, where she talks about historic buildings in Columbia.

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Even history buffs like me enjoy some perks from time to time. The public unveiling of the 2013 Most Notable Properties on Feb. 5, included hors d’oeuvres — yes, free food.

The event was sponsored by the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission and took place in the historic Daniel Boone Building's lobby, at 701 East Broadway, which has recently undergone an amazing renovation itself.

This is where the year’s newest additions to the city’s Most Notable Properties list were announced, and the property owners accepted the honors. It was a great opportunity to get to know more about Columbia and the properties that mark the city’s history.

Last properties named to the list have included the “Gingerbread house,” at 121 N. West Blvd., brick streets and even Columbia Cemetery. This Columbia Missourian article from Feb. 6, 2012, “Six properties to be honored by Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission,” covers last year’s event, honoring the Arrowhead Motel, Calvary Cemetery, Harry Satterlee Bill and Florence Henderson Home, Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority House, Missouri Hall at Columbia College, and the Columbia Telephone Building, which now houses CenturyLink.

Qualifications for being named to the list include the property being older than 50 years, within Columbia’s corporate city limits and highlights the historical or architectural influences in Columbia. To learn more about the Most Notable Properties criteria, check out this publication by the city.

It is great to see how proud homeowners are of their homes, and how they value the history of their home and taking the house back to its former glory. One of the houses had been turned into small apartments and the owners were thrilled when they found one of the pocket doors – with the key still in it. It is kind of amazing how much work the owners put in to restore these homes, often living amidst much chaos, dirt and dust during the renovations, which can take years.

The 2013 properties are as follows:

In case you missed it, here are links to coverage of the February 2013 announcement of six historic sites named to the Most Notable Properties List by the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission:

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising Editor is Joy Mayer.