MISSOURIAN MINUTE: Historic Columbia building gets a makeover

Monday, May 12, 2014 | 5:18 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA —  Half-painted sketches depict a family, a train and a boy delivering groceries on roller skates. These are some of the symbols that depict the history of Columbia's North Central neighborhood.

The mural was started in 2007 by students and members of the community on the north wall of what is known as the Heibel-March Building. There is a deep sense in the community of the history of the building, and members said they wanted to see the mural completed.

Jessie Starbuck got involved in the project when she moved to the North Central neighborhood in July 2o13 and became a member of the neighborhood association's board. Since Starbuck is an art teacher at Southern Boone Elementary School in Ashland, she said it was a natural choice for her to lead the effort to finish the mural.

Starbuck spent several months talking to the original artists and thinking carefully about how to approach the project.

Although the project finished up in a different place than where it had started, the intent was consistent throughout, Starbuck said.

The Heibel-March Building was constructed in 1910. It originally housed the Heibel Drug Store, and, more recently, Rangeline Auto Parts.

The city purchased the building and the land in December 1998 to create a park. The building is now the office of Grove Construction and sits adjacent to Field Park.

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