(COLUMBIA, MO) ~ Columbia's Historic Preservation Commission to Honor 2024's Most Notable Properties

The City of Columbia's Historic Preservation Commission will be hosting a reception on Wednesday, May 8 at Stephens Lake Park's Riechmann Pavilion to honor the city's most notable properties. The event will begin at 6 p.m. and will feature awards presentations and a virtual "tour" of the selected properties through a video presentation. Attendees can also enjoy heavy appetizers and beverages.

Since its establishment in 1999, the Historic Preservation Commission has designated over 190 structures as Notable Properties. Among these are well-known landmarks such as the Blind Boone Home, the University of Missouri's Francis Quadrangle and Columns, Jewell Cemetery, the Tiger Hotel, the McKinney Building, and numerous private homes.

To be eligible for nomination, structures must be at least 50 years old and located within Columbia's corporate limits. They must also possess architectural or historical elements that contribute to the character or history of the city. This includes not only private homes and businesses but also institutions and green spaces.

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The Commission's main goal is to highlight, research, and preserve parts of Columbia that hold significant historic, archaeological, or architectural value. In addition to the Most Notable Properties program, they also host speaker forums on key aspects of Columbia's history, document stories of endangered properties, and advocate for efforts to protect the city's rich heritage.

This year's selections for Most Notable Properties have been announced by the Commission. The full list can be found on Some notable properties include 208 S. Garth owned by Michelle Seat; 209 S. Glenwood owned by Jon and Nicole Galloway; 300 Rustic Road owned by Peter and Susan Neenan; 313 West Boulevard S. owned by Keith Politte; 508 Thilly Ave. owned by Rockne and Luann Corbin; 518 Noble Court owned by Brenda Hartley; Alspaugh Farm at 4216 Mexico Gravel Road owned by Columbia Parks and Recreation; Broadway Diner at 22 S. Fourth St. owned by Velma and David Johnson; and the Hugh Stephens Resource Library at 1200 E. Broadway owned by Stephens College.

The Commission has also made photos of the properties, historical research, and owner interviews available for public use.

Interested property owners are encouraged to apply for the Most Notable Properties program, with a call for applications being issued each summer. For updates on this and other Historic Preservation Commission programs, follow ColumbiaHPC on Facebook.

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