Interest strong in city workshops on historic preservation

Thursday, August 28, 2014 | 11:45 a.m. CDT; updated 6:41 p.m. CDT, Thursday, August 28, 2014

COLUMBIA — How to paint, repair and restore wood floors  and window restoration were the top challenges facing owners of historic properties in Columbia.

Those findings of an informal survey conducted this past fall by the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission led to the creation of three days of workshops that begin next Thursday.

Bob Yapp of Hannibal, who's helped restore or renovate more than 160 historic properties, will lead the workshops.

The commission chose Yapp to lead the workshops after looking at proposals from more than 100 possible instructors. The workshops are financed with a $12,200 grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

All seats for the three hands-on sessions dealing with flooring, painting and window repairs were taken, said Rachel Bacon, city planner and workshop organizer. As of Thursday morning, there were up to 20 seats available for the free "overview and top tips" session from 9 to 10:30 a.m. next Thursday.

Those who want to take part in that session should submit the registration forms and liability waivers no later than Tuesday.

Twenty people had registered for the workshops, Bacon said, including personal property owners and members of the construction industry.

For more information, contact the Columbia Community Development Department at 874-7239, email or go to


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