2015 Most Notable Properties Program- Applications Requested from the Public!


Since 1998, the City’s Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) has been recognizing Most Notable Historic Properties.  These properties are at least 50 years old, located within the City of Columbia corporate limits, and have architectural or historical characteristics which contribute to our City’s social and/or aesthetic resources. They may be endangered, derelict, recently restored, or nicely maintained. They may be modest or grand, hidden away or in public view. Stephens Stables, Columbia’s Brick Streets, the Blue Note, Ragtag Cinema/Uprise Bakery, Booches, Wabash Station, the Tiger Hotel, and Frederick Douglas High School are some of the 140 recognized Most Notable Properties.


What does it mean to be a Most Notable Property?

Application Process:

Applications are due (or post-marked) by Friday, November 21 at 5:00 PM. Applications may be mailed, dropped off, or emailed.

Community Development Department, City of Columbia, 701 E. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201 or Planning@gocolumbiamo.com

Click here to download a printable application form.

For more information, please contact the Community Development Department at: (573) 874-7239

Past Recipients: 

Most Notable Properties 2011

Most Notable Properties 2012

Most Notable Properties 2013

Most Notable Properties 2014

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The Columbia Cemetery: A Historic Gem
Monday, October 13, 2014 › 7-8:15 p.m.

Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Cindy Mustard and Sabra Tull Meyer, both sixth-generation Columbians and members of the Columbia Cemetery Board of Trustees, will talk about the cemetery’s unique past and the history buried within it. Take a visual tour of the monuments that reflect a roll call of Boone County’s pioneer families and influential citizens. Learn about the cemetery’s landscape architecture and art, including the fate of the early 20th century bandstand and much more. Co-sponsored by the City of Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission.


Cemetery Walking Tour

Monday, October 20, 2014 › 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Lobby

Learn about the history of cemeteries, funeral practices and spooky superstitions during this atmospheric walking tour of the Columbia Cemetery. Meet in the lobby. Canceled if raining. All ages. Those 12 and under, please bring an adult with you.

ghostly figure in front of Saint Clair Hall


Historic Preservation Commission to Host Twilight Walking Tour on Ghosts and Other Scary Tales October 30

Join the Historic Preservation Commission for a Twilight Walk emphasizing the ghosts, urban legends and dramatic fires that have impacted downtown’s history over the past 125 years.
Our tour host, retired Columbia Firefighter Steve Sapp, will bring his historical knowledge and professional expertise to our mobile discussion.
Be prepared for some surprises and unexpected twists and turns.
  • This event is free and open to the public (parental discretion is advised as some stories may be pretty scary). No registration is required.
  • Participants will meet at the City Hall Key Sculpture (corner of 8th & Broadway/701 E. Broadway).
  • Tours will begin promptly at 7:00 PM. Participants are advised to wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

For special accommodations, please contact Rachel Bacon at 573.874.7239 or ribacon@gocolumbiamo.com

The best way to know about upcoming events is to follow the Historic Preservation Commission’s blog via email or like our Facebook page:   www.comorevamp.wordpress.com and https://www.facebook.com/ColumbiaHP

Time for another walking tour: Architecture of Downtown Places of Worship Tour to be held Thursday, September 18!

church streetscape teaser pic

Which downtown house of worship has a streetscape feel between its sanctuary and its education building? Complete with replica gas lamps? And a ghost sign on the south side of its most recently acquired ancillary structure? Join the Historic Preservation Commission on our next Twilight Walk Through Downtown to find out.

The tour will be this Thursday evening (September 18) at 7:00 PM. Participants will learn more about Columbia’s historic Places of Worship, and how they fit into the historical narrative and urban fabric of Downtown Columbia. This tour will be led by a special guest, an architect well-versed in ecclesiastical architecture. The walking tour will focus on events, architecture, people, places, the evolution of building practices, technology, and trends, and so much more!

  • This event is free and open to the public (and is family-friendly). No registration is required.

  • Participants will meet at the City Hall Key Sculpture (corner of 8th & Broadway/701 E. Broadway).

  • Tours will begin promptly at 7:00 PM and will last roughly one hour plus time for questions. Participants are advised to wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

  • For special accommodations, or for more information, please contact City Planner Rachel Bacon at 573.874.7239.

2014 Twilight Walking Tours Schedule:

  • Thursday, July 31–An Engineer’s Guide to Brick Streets
  • Thursday, August 14–Historic Hotels and Theaters
  • Thursday, September 18–Architecture of Downtown Places of Worship
  • Thursday, October 30–Ghosts and Other Scary Tales

Upcoming Twilight Walking Tour: Historic Theaters and Hotels


From Vaudeville, Talkies, and Taverns to Roots, Blues and BBQ, True/False Film Festival, and Tiger Fans.

The City of Columbia has always been a hotspot of hospitality and entertainment. Join the Historic Preservation Commission this Thursday evening (August 14) at 7:00 PM to learn more about Columbia’s historic Theaters and Hotels , and how they fit into the historical narrative and urban fabric of Downtown Columbia. The walking tour will focus on events, architecture, people, places, the evolution of building practices, technology, and trends, and so much more!

  • This event is free and open to the public (and is family-friendly). No registration is required.

  • Participants will meet at the City Hall Key Sculpture (corner of 8th & Broadway/701 E. Broadway).

  • Tours will begin promptly at 7:00 PM and will last roughly one hour plus time for questions. Participants are advised to wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

  • For special accommodations, or for more information, please contact City Planner Rachel Bacon at 573.874.7239.

2014 Twilight Walking Tours Schedule:

  • Thursday, July 31–An Engineer’s Guide to Brick Streets
  • Thursday, August 14–Historic Hotels and Theaters
  • Thursday, September 18–Architecture of Downtown Places of Worship
  • Thursday, October 30–Ghosts and Other Scary Tales

Upcoming Twilight Walking Tour- An Engineer’s Guide to Brick Streets

S. Glenwood Street, a brick paved street, in Columbia, MO

S. Glenwood in Columbia’s Old Southwest neighborhood was saved from being paved over with asphalt by residents. It was repaired in the 1990s and remains in excellent condition today.

Did you know that the City of Columbia’s brick streets are more than 100 years old? And that most of the red clay was sourced and manufactured within a 50 mile radius? 

Join the Historic Preservation Commission and professional engineer Patrick Earney this Thursday evening (July 31) at 7:00 PM to learn more about Columbia’s historic brick streets, and how they fit into the historical narrative and urban fabric of Downtown Columbia. The walking tour will focus on architecture, people, places, the evolution of building practices and materials, and so much more! 

  • This event is free and open to the public (and is family-friendly). No registration is required.

  • Participants will meet at the City Hall Key Sculpture (corner of 8th & Broadway/701 E. Broadway).

  • Tours will begin promptly at 7:00 PM and will last roughly one hour plus time for questions. Participants are advised to wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

  • For special accommodations, or for more information, please contact City Planner Rachel Bacon at 573.874.7239.


2014 Twilight Walking Tours Schedule:

  • Thursday, July 31–An Engineer’s Guide to Brick Streets
  • Thursday, August 14–Historic Hotels and Theatres
  • Thursday, September 18–Architecture of Downtown Places of Worship
  • Thursday, October 30–Ghosts and Other Scary Tales

Sigma Alpha Epsilon House (24 E. Stewart Road) nominated to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places


Listed by the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) as a Most Notable Historic Property in 2004, the current Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) Fraternity house at 24 E. Stewart Road has had a diverse history of uses over the last 104 years. Tucked away on a hilltop overlooking the University of Missouri Campus since 1908, the property has served as a military academy, a women’s dorm, and even a hotel and campground.

Colonel J. B. Welch bought 18 acres on what was then the western edge of Columbia from Flora Gray on June 16, 1902. He began construction on a large new brick building for a military academy soon after purchasing the property. After a grand start the mansion-academy burned in 1907. It was rebuilt by 1908, when it is labeled as “University Military Academy” on the Columbia Sanborn map. The school closed sometime after the death of Colonel Welch in 1915, but the building found a new use around 1920, when it became a women’s dormitory for the University of Missouri. Known then as Welch Hall, the dorm was home to 40 women.

The property almost became the site of Hickman High School. In 1925, Colonel Welch’s widow offered the board of education a good price for the academy building and the full 18-acre site (the property retains nearly seven acres today). The board decided to go with a northern location instead, which was at that time closer to the City’s population center. Ms. Welch sold the mansion a year later to Judge Stewart and Sons, who converted it to a hotel and campground known as Oak Hill Hotel.

In 1929, the SAE Fraternity bought the Oak Hill Hotel from Stewart and moved into the former academy building. The house was restored/remodeled in 1962 and again in the summer of 1964, at a cost of S100,000. The sixty-two year old house, with sixty-two SAE members in residence, suffered a major fire on Valentine’s Day, 1965. The house, heavily damaged, was rebuilt at a cost of $400,000.


Today, the Greek Revival-style, former Welch Military Academy continues to serve a residential purpose. According to the SAE website, “The Missouri Alpha Colony of Sigma Alpha Epsilon is one of excellence with an immense amount of motivation and drive to regain the once prestigious recognition it held on campus for over 120 years. Missouri Alpha was founded May 27, 1884 on the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia. The chapter thrived in continuous existence until 2008, when our organizational recognition by the University was revoked. Re-colonization is currently underway and the enthusiasm of both alumni and new perspective members will ensure that the chapter will return to Oak Hill stronger than ever.”

National Register Nomination- What does it mean?
24 E. Stewart Road has been nominated to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register is the Federal government’s official list of historic properties worthy of preservation. Listing recognizes a property’s historic importance to the community, state, or nation, and assists in preserving our nation’s heritage. National Register status also makes properties eligible for national and state historic preservation tax credits for eligible rehabilitation/restoration activities.

What’s the next step?
The City’s Historic Preservation Commission will make a recommendation on the National Register nomination to the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation at their July 1, meeting (7:00 PM, 1B, City Hall, 701 E. Broadway, Columbia, MO). The nomination has tentatively been scheduled for review by the Advisory Council on Friday, August 15, 2014 at 9:00 AM (Kansas City Hall Council Cambers, 414 E. 12th Street, 29th Floor, Kansas City, MO). The Advisory Council will then determine if official listing to the National Register of Historic Places is appropriate.

More information on the benefits and rights of placement on the National Register of Historic Places may be found online here. The complete list of National Register-listed properties in Boone County, MO may be viewed here.

To view additional pictures and read more about the history of this property, please review the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Bldg_NR application. Additionally, the State Historic Preservation Office may be reached at 573-526-1680.

Much of this text and research may be attributed to Historic Preservation Consultant Deb Sheals. 

Heibel-March Drug Store

900-902 N. Rangeline Street


The Heibel-March Drug Store resides at 902 N. Rangeline here in Columbia, Missouri. It is adjacent to Field Neighborhood Park and is one of the largest historic neighborhood commercial buildings left in Columbia. It was built ca. 1910 and was one of the most important commercial enterprises in this modest residential neighborhood.

The building is architecturally notable for the prism glass windows located above the open display windows of its large storefronts. Although prism glass tiles were popular for commercial storefronts in the early 20th century, few have survived to modern times, and they are now rare in Columbia.

From the Latin “lux” meaning “light” and “ferre,” meaning “to carry,” Luxfer prisms were a new twist on the Fresnel lenses that equipped lighthouses. Invented by James Pennycuick of Great Britain and patented in the U.S. in 1882, the lenses were once promoted as “The Century’s Triumph in Lighting” because of their ability to pull light deep into a space without creating an uncomfortable glare. Light passing through a Luxfer prism can be 5 to 50 times brighter than ordinary glass, but the prisms diffuse the light to create a comfortable light source that was ideal for commercial applications.

Luxfer prisms lighted the Heibel-March building for several proprietors, including the Heibel family’s grocery; March Pharmacy, Temple-Stephens General Store, as well as Curtis Black, who operated the store until 1955 with his wife Leona. Black recalls that many of his customers were workers in one of the neighborhood’s largest historic buildings-the Hamilton Brown Shoe Factory at 1123 Wilkes Blvd.


In December of 1998, the City purchased approximately three quarters of an acre of land located on the northeast corner of the intersection of Wilkes and Rangeline Streets for the purpose of developing a new neighborhood park. The proposed park was adjacent to Field Elementary School (now the Columbia School District’s Center for Gifted Education/Early Childhood Education) and was intended to serve the recreational needs of this north central neighborhood. At the time the City of Columbia acquired the property, initial plans for the neighborhood park called for the demolition of the Heibel-March Building. The decision to preserve the building was arrived at after considering input from residents, businesses, schools and other interested groups using a series of park planning sessions, public hearings, as well as other sources. Ultimately, the City Council approved a master plan for the new park, which stopped the demolition of the building provided that City funds were not used to renovate or operate the building. Following approval of the master plan, the City, in September of 2000, entered into an agreement with Central Missouri Community Action who was acting on behalf and in the interest of the North Central Neighborhood association. That agreement allowed CMCA to acquire and renovate the Heibel-March Building for use as a neighborhood center for neighborhood groups, school programs, and other public events. Ownership of the building was transferred to CMCA for a fee of $10 along with a long-term lease of the land on which the building sits. Under the terms of the agreement, the renovation was to be completed and a certificate of occupancy issued within five years of the signing of the agreement. As the neighborhood effort to raise the funding necessary to restore the building in accordance with their plans (cost estimates for renovation ranged from $200,000 – $250,000) encountered substantial challenges, the agreement was eventually extended for a total of three additional years. In March of 2008, representatives of the “Corner Renovation Project”, as the project had become to known, announced that CMCA had withdrawn their support of the project and that all effort to raise funds to restore the building were being suspended. With no renovation having been completed, the City’s agreement with CMCA expired on September 19, 2008, and ownership of the building was transferred back to the City. No major improvements to the building other than some minor interior demolition and cleanup had occurred, and the building continued to be in need of extensive renovation.

Bob Grove, a business owner of Grove Construction, LLC, and real estate developer located in Columbia recently portrayed interest in the property. He has always loved old buildings and has enjoyed watching them transform back into buildings of nobility. His son Tony and he had been driving by the building every day for fifteen years and finally decided to make it their project. Their company, Grove Construction, has been a growing company over the past years and they were in need of a place for expansion. They wanted to stay close to the downtown area and saw the Heibel-March Building as a great potential new location. Obviously, drastic restoration efforts needed to be done. They submitted a restoration proposal regarding the March-Heibel Building, were approved, and began their restoration efforts soon after.


After sixteen years of vacancy, the Heibel-March Building, now Grove Construction General Contracting, is completely restored and functions as an operating business. The restoration efforts put into the building were tremendous. Tony Grove remembers at the beginning of their restoration a tree was growing inside the building and there were dirt floors. Now, the inside is completely redone and modernized.


Grove Construction’s entry room, beautifully restored (no more dirt floors!)


Above: One of several offices inside the building

Below: Grove Construction conference room


Although the building now has a completely new interior, the Grove’s still wanted to maintain the building’s outside historic look. They put on a new roof, replaced all the windows, inserted all new outside lighting but were able to keep its original historic structure.



The mural that was painted on the side of the building still remains as well!



2014 Most Notable Properties

The City of Columbia will soon be hosting the 2014 Most Notable Historic Properties event! The Historic Preservation Commission invites you to join them in recognizing five notable historic properties and the property owners preserving them on April 1. The reception begins at 6:30pm in the lobby of the Historic Daniel Boone Building, 701 E. Broadway. The recognition program will begin at 7pm. RSVPS are appreciated.

Listed below are the five most notable historic properties of 2014.

Fairview Methodist Church-1320 S. Fairview Road

            Fairview Methodist Church began in 1899 when founders J.B. Turner, J.P. Turner, and W.P. Smith decided that their community needed a church building. They all chipped in and with the help of donations they were able to build the church, which was dedicated on June 30, 1901. It was named “Fairview” by early church member Lochie Turner Martin, because “it looked so pretty sitting up on top of the hill like it does.” This Church, located at the intersection of Fairview and Chapel Hill, became the namesake for those two roads as the City of Columbia began to grow to the south and west.


The original church was built using vernacular architecture, a style of architecture based on local needs and construction materials, and reflecting local traditions and building practices.

It burned to the ground in September 1940 due to an overheated stove. Only a few seats, the piano, and the pulpit were saved. Church services were held at a nearby school until a new church building could be built.


The new building, a concrete block structure, reflecting the recent lesson on the flammable nature of wood, was dedicated on July 5, 1942. The replacement structure, which is constructed of fireproof concrete blocks, includes interior finishes that were installed by a member of the congregation, James Dorsey Grant with help from Emmet Maxwell. The Grant family has a long connection to the property. James Dorsey Grant’s son, Robert E. Grant, still helps operate the cemetery, and his father, Elijah Grant, owned a farm directly across the street from the church for decades.

In 1959, members again came together to build the front steeple and bell tower. The bell installed in the steeple was originally in the Methodist Church in Ashland, Missouri.

As the congregation grew, a campaign for a newer, bigger building began. Construction began in 1969 and the congregation worshiped in the new building for the first time on the last Sunday of August 1970.

The congregation sold the property to Rex and Carol Nothbohm, who opened the Countryside Nursery School there in 1979.


Now on its second owner, the Countryside Nursery School has had more than 3,000 students over the years. It is one of the longest operating day care facilities in the city.

While the interior of the building has been modified from its original ecclesiastic purpose, the exterior remains highly intact today. Other examples of adaptive reuse in Columbia’s historic inventory include Ragtag Cinema (formally the Coca Cola Bottling Co.) and the Blue Note, which was once the Varsity Theater.


Fairview Cemetery- S. Fairview Road at Chapel Hill

Fairview Cemetery began in 1914 when Elijah Grant, Dorsey Grant, Roy Grant, and J.A. Buffon, all of whom lived nearby, decided to found the cemetery on October 31, 1914.


It was a common tradition to bury family members on your own property but it became less and less popular as the years went on, and country church cemeteries began to flourish in Boone County. Other historic cemeteries in what is now the city limits of Columbia include the Jewell, Columbia, and Calvary cemeteries.

The founding members bought the small piece of land behind the church and divided it in lots that they sold for $7.50 a piece with eight grave sites in each lot. (That would be $160 per lot today.)


The cemetery is still active today and holds the history of many families, including the Grant’s.

Lee School-1208 Locust

Lee School was constructed in 1934 and is one of the oldest elementary school buildings in Columbia. It is only seven years newer than the oldest public elementary school, Thomas Hart Benton Elementary School, in the city to continuously operate at the same site.


The original Lee School was built in 1904 at the corner of Waugh and Locust Streets, just west of the current building. It was opened in order to create more room for Benton and Jefferson Schools, the only other white elementary schools open at the time. The original four-room Lee School building was filled to capacity within a few years, prompting a large addition in the early 1920s. This addition was still unable to house enough students and by the 1930’s it was once again crowded as well as outdated.

In the 1930’s, the school board was able to take advantage of the federal public works program, which allowed for the construction of a large new professionally designed building on the lot next to the older school. It was one of several New Deal construction projects that took place in Columbia during the Great Depression. New Deal programs, which were developed by President Franklin Roosevelt to increase employment and lessen the impact of the Depression, funded public works projects across the country. Other New Deal historic properties in the city include the National Guard Armory and the Ellis Fischel State Cancer Hospital. (A complete list of Columbia’s New Deal buildings may be found here.)

The new Lee School was one of more than fifteen New Deal construction projects that were completed in Columbia during the Great Depression. The programs had a particularly strong impact upon educational facilities in Columbia; 12 of the 15 known local New Deal projects involved the construction of buildings for the University (Townshend Hall, Walter Williams Hall, and Ellis Library’s Northwest Addition are a few) and Columbia’s Public School system.

This plaque displays the schools year of erection and many important contributors and information including the president, vice president, builders, and architects.


The prominent St. Louis architectural firm of Bonsack and Pearce designed Lee school. The firm began to emerge during the 1930s that specialized in school building architecture. They designed a number of New Deal funded schools across the state. They have been credited with at least 13 educational buildings in Missouri, including three in Columbia—the new Lee School, and large additions to Ridgeway and Douglass Schools.

The design of Lee school was based on the Collegiate Gothic style, which began in North America in the 1800s. Other schools designed with this same style include Princeton University and Washington University in St. Louis.

Pike, Francis, House-1502 Anthony


This East Campus giraffe rock house was built in 1939 for local historian Francis Pike, one of Columbia’s most significant historians in the last half of the 20th century. Francis Pike was an employee of the Columbia Daily Tribune for 75 years; he authored several books as well as a popular history column called “Mid-Missouri Memoirs.” He was president of the State Historical Society of Missouri and a long-time member of the Boone County Historical Society. He was also a Mizzou graduate of the 1932 Journalism school.

Francis Pike brought the stones used for the exterior walls from southern Missouri. The house was built in the Tudor Revival style and offers a rare local example of a native stone construction method that is often referred to as “Ozark Rock” or “Giraffe Rock.” Architecturally, the house offers an interesting combination of refined Tudor Revival styling and vernacular masonry. The steeply pitched roof, arched porch openings, and ornamental half timbering of the gable ends are common elements of the Tudor Revival style, which was popular for houses in many parts of the country from the late 1910’s until around 1940. The next Most Notable Property, 905 S. Providence Road, shares this architectural style.

Buildings of the Ozarks region of southern Missouri and northern Arkansas inspired the stonework used on the Pike house walls. Ozark Rock construction features undressed stone, or rock, generally used just as it came from the field. This distinctive method developed in the Ozarks, where rock was often more plentiful than farmland. Streets of Ozarks towns are often lined with modest rock buildings that were built in the early part of the 20th century. Although still familiar locally, Ozark Rock is much less common this far north, and only a few examples can be found in Columbia. The highest concentration may be seen on, and in the vicinity, of Jewell Avenue.

Thornton, Bessie, and Dr. J.E., House-905 S. Providence Road

            This Tudor Revival style house was built for Dr. James E. Thornton and his wife Bessie W. Thornton in 1926. Dr. Thornton was a local physician who served on the Columbia Board of Education in the 1910s, and as a trustee and college physician for Stephens College in the 1920s.


This house was one of the first plat buildings to be completed in the Grasslands Addition to Columbia. The Grasslands Addition plat was created by the Rollins family, on land originally owned by G. B. Rollins.  It was named for his farm, Grasslands, which included hundreds of acres at one point. The Grasslands Addition was laid out by nationally renowned planning firm Hare and Hare, and soon became a residential neighborhood of choice for prominent Columbians. The standard of houses in the Grasslands was very high and were all built to a high architectural standard in order to create a unified appearance. These restrictions were set to make the addition the most beautiful residential district of Columbia.


The Thornton family moved into the house in 1927. However, Mr. Thornton died that same year, not living to enjoy the new house. Mrs. Thornton moved away soon after, but kept the house as rental property. One of the first tenants was another doctor, Claude R. Bruner, who later purchased the original G.B Rollins family home, which is located just a few doors north of this property which is now the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, a 2010 Most Notable Property. In the late 1940’s, the Thornton house was purchased by Dean Parks, the owner of Parks Department Store, which was a thriving downtown business for several decades in the mid 1900s.

113 West Blvd. N.- Part I (The Exterior)

Nearly 5,000 vehicles and a few hundred bicyclists and pedestrians travel past Patrick Earney’s house at 113 West Boulevard North every day. Those that pass by on a regular basis over the past few months have watched Earney steadily renovate his 1,050 sq. ft. 1940 Tudor-inspired brick home. Now that the thoughtful addition is nearly done, the attention to every detail and design consideration, combined with the careful reuse of original and salvaged materials, makes the addition look as though it was there the day the home was built.

photo (5)The “before” picture is shown above. Notable architectural elements include brick arches or lunettes above each door, decorative limestone masonry infused into the red brick, and original windows.

When faced with the needs of an expanding family, Earney decided to maintain the historic integrity of his home, but squeeze in a little extra living space on the same 1940s footprint. It also helped that as a professional engineer and member of the Historic Preservation Commission, Earney was able to take on the majority of the design and construction work himself with a little help from friend and fellow HP Commissioner Robert Tucker. The plans Earney drew for the project may be downloaded here: TPE Garage 130904.

“I love my home and will live here forever. With a few tweaks to the floor plan, and a little extra space, I knew I could upgrade the functionality of my home but maintain its historic elements. Old homes have a charm and personality that can’t be replicated, and it was important that this addition look like it was always there.” –Earney

The new addition has gone along mostly to plan, with some upgrades and enhancements made along the way to turn this two-bedroom and two-bath home into a three-bedroom and four-bath home:

  • The original garage has been shortened to include an extra powder room  and mudroom area off the kitchen to the rear of the house
  • A master bedroom, bathroom and closet have been built on top of the garage and a front dormer window and two rear windows were added for natural light
  • A back door and deck will connect the back door to the back yard
  • Overall, about 300 sq. feet of living space will be added

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The garage was removed, as shown above (Earney is to the right), and a new foundation for the garage and addition was poured, as shown below. The exterior brick from the north side- where the addition would go- has been removed for re-use on the front of the addition.

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The picture below shows the new garage and master suite framed in and ready for brick, siding and shingles. Note how the new roof line seamlessly blends with the height of the original roof. photo (2)The picture below shows the exterior of the new addition nearly complete. One of the best ways for historic renovations to maintain the property’s historic integrity is to use original materials. The bricks removed from the original garage were reused, and the extra facade space above the garage allowed for Earney to incorporate the arched lunette design used above the doorways to visually enhance the space above the garage. This provides visual interest and continuity between the addition and the existing architecture.


All of the new siding, windows soffits and fascia will be matched to the original materials, and painted to provide a perfect color match between the existing and new wood trim.

The garage door will be re-installed, and a new driveway will be poured next.photo (1)

The rear window shown in the picture below now provides light into a bathroom instead of a garage. The back door will provide access to the back yard once a landing and stairs are built.  Two new windows matched to the original windows provide light and a view of the back yard to the master bathroom and bedroom addition.

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“Older homes have great lots, locations, and architecture– something that new construction just can’t match. Property owners should not be afraid to make small changes to their historic homes to meet modern needs because it isn’t difficult to do it right. This addition enhances the existing architecture of the home by building upon its unique architectural elements and using appropriate building materials. The effect is subtle and enhanced, not jarring and obvious. Care must be taken, however, to ensure that any addition is proportional to the house. I had to compromise on some internal functionality to ensure that the addition looked like original construction” — Earney

Interested in taking on your own project? The Historic Preservation Commission provides technical assistance to property owners wanting to renovate or rehabilitate while maintaining their home’s historic charm.

Great progress has been made on the exterior of this lovely home, and the inside has been transformed as well! Stay tuned for Part II for a tour of the interior of the addition to 113 West Blvd. N.!