Horizontal roof and window lines, beautiful grounds and community landmarks were all topics of discussion for the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission as it announced its 10 Most Notable Properties of 2005 on Tuesday.
Each year the commission accepts public nominations for properties that are historic and noteworthy to the Columbia community. The commission consists of seven members with varying backgrounds, including lawyers, property owners, architects and historians, commission chairman Brian Pape said.
“We try to bring historic homes and properties to the attention of the public,” Pape said. “Oftentimes we drive by the property every day and don’t really notice the influence it’s had on our community.”
A property must be at least 50 years old to be considered notable. In addition to age, he said a property must also have a unique quality, such as architecture or community importance, that makes it stand out. Property owners will be recognized at a reception at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Daniel Boone City Building. Pictures of recognized properties, new and past, will be displayed in main lobby.
The list of recognized structures, with descriptions from Brian Pape, chairman of the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission:
Elm and Eighth streets
The Memorial Gateway serves as a landmark for the Columbia and MU communities. Constructed in 1915, the gateway fronts Francis Quadrangle, a historic district, and serves as an entryway to the MU campus.
John and Irma Bedford Home
818 West Rollins Road
Built around 1937, the Bedford Home is a well-maintained, classical Victorian-type frame house with rounded windows.
Mary Coleman Home
1863 Cliff Drive
The Mary Coleman home was designed by St. Louis architect William Bernoudy. His designs, seen in other houses throughout Columbia, were heavily influenced by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The home, built around 1951, consists of low horizontal roof and window lines, interconnected interior spaces, multiple levels and a lot of glass looking toward outdoor scenery.
Columbia County Club and Club House
2210 Columbia Country Drive
The Columbia Country Club, built in 1921, is notable because of its place in Columbia history. It was one of the first courses and clubhouse inside Columbia city limits and provides a great setting with beautiful grounds. Although only a few vestiges of the original building remain, the clubhouse and property still play a significant role in Columbia history.
Laura Matthews Home
The large, two-story frame house was built in 1909 and served as a mark of high-society. Previously owned by James Atwater, former dean of the MU School of Journalism, this large, well-maintained home is perfect for entertaining guests.
R. J. Price Home
3807 Oakland Gravel Road
Originally built outside the city limits in 1918, this small frame house is an example of a traditional farm home. Although currently surrounded by subdivisions, the R.J. Price Home gives onlookers a taste of how a traditional farmhouse looked.
1315 University Avenue
Now known as the University Bed and Breakfast, the McMurray home was built around 1920. Despite several renovations, the main house layout, including the original stairway, windows and doors, remain intact. It serves as a good representation of the homes built on University Avenue at the time.
John Stewart Home
700 West Broadway
The large, three-story John Stewart home was constructed in 1908 for a well-to-do family. It is notable because the style hearkens to the original flavor and character of Broadway homes and maintains several original fixtures.
Built in 1851, Williams Hall is the oldest building on the Columbia College campus and the oldest building in continuous use for educational purposes west of the Mississippi River. Although it has gone through many modifications, it is still structurally intact and is a backbone of the original campus.
The Heibel-Marsh Drugstore, built around 1910, served as a focal point for the community. Although it has served the community in several capacities, including a general store, drugstore and auto-parts store, it was the origination of a modern-day convenience store. It is typical of a commercial structure for the time it was built.