Located on Glenwood Avenue, the Craftsman-style Tudor Revival residence is approaching its 100th birthday in 2015, which is why the property owners decided to kick off the two phase renovation. Douglas and Jami Jones first bought the property in 2009 and began the renovations in 2010. The Joneses have always loved older homes. After moving to Columbia in 2000, they became familiar with Old Southwest neighborhoods throughout Columbia and jumped on the chance to live in one of those neighborhoods in 2009, when they bought their current home. The distinct architectural style first drew Jones to his home. The historical trend with homes during the time of its building was to simplify and go against the frills of the Victorian era.
The Craftsman-style Tudor Revival has quite a history, which is one of the reasons the Joneses loves the property. Built by Edwin B. Branson, a prominent geology professor at the University of Missouri, in 1915, the property still has a lot of the original aspects. In addition to Branson, Clay and Frances Cooper were also owners of the property. Clay was not only a Mizzou alum and talented athlete in football, basketball, and track but also coached football and basketball from 1947 until 1975.
Before the renovation began, the Joneses spent months and months on research to preserve the historical aspect of the home. The Joneses not only worked with their architect for over a year but also attended workshops to educate themselves on how to build things like windows and their jambs to keep the home as historically accurate as possible.
The five-year renovation plan is characterized by two facets: renovating the entire existing structure up to modern standards and two additions that created a new kitchen, master bedroom, and garage. Both of these facets are working to update the mechanical components while maintaining the historic aesthetic of the home. The historically-sensitive addition will model the original architecture of the home and use as many traditional building materials as possible, such as real stone veneer, salvaged windows, and original period light fixtures. The Joneses are always working to create a consistent look throughout his almost 100 year old home through these salvages. The couple worked to create the most environmentally friendly renovation that they could by reusing various materials from other parts of their home and neighbor’s homes, as well.
While the Joneses used contractors for the major elements of the renovation such as the foundation, framing, and roofing, they are doing the rest of the work in terms of plumbing, wiring, windows, etc. He cannot wait for the renovations to be finished to celebrate his home’s 100th birthday. While he is sure he will enjoy the final project, he wishes he would have stuck to the original footprint of the home versus the additions. While no renovation is completely conflict free, the cost, time, and complications of addition have been taxing.
While Douglas was very self-sufficient throughout the project, he did suggest a helpful resource for homeowners. For do-it-yourselfers who are looking to preserve the historic elements of your home, Jones suggested looking at The Belvedere School in Hannibal. The school offers three-day hands-on workshops in a variety of topics like how to build your own storm windows and how to refinish floors. He also stresses the importance of an architect who is fluent in old, historic homes. Jones relied heavily on his architect to help preserve the historic aspect of the home.
The five-year renovation is over half way through and Jones’ favorite part of the renovation is definitely the windows. As a self-proclaimed window geek, he worked to make sure he would not be mixing new windows with the old, original windows. He salvaged windows from other neighborhood houses to keep the look throughout his home, and built the 21 needed window jambs himself. For property owners looking for information on how to repair historic windows, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior provides a step-step guide online here. For those looking to install historically-sensitive modern windows, the Secretary of the Interior has information on selecting appropriate windows online here.
With 2015 coming quickly, the Joneses are working to push through their renovation to fully celebrate the 100th birthday of the property.
Thank you to the Jones family for assisting in this article. Thanks for stopping by! Until next time, Teagan (the current HPC Intern).