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Historic Preservation Commission searches for notable properties

Deb Sheals
Columbia Historic Preservation Commission

Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission began accepting nominations for the city’s 2013 list of most notable properties. It will review nominations and select a diverse set of properties that contribute to the city socially or aesthetically. Properties must be at least 50 years old and can be privately or publicly owned.

Many properties have already been added to the list, so this year the committee is thinking outside the box in terms of what might be a notable property.

“It doesn’t necessarily have to be a building," commission member Paul Prevo says. "It can be a specific property, perhaps where an event occurred, or where one of the leaders of Columbia was present for an event – a cemetery was one of the notable properties last year.”

Last year the commission received approximately four nominations – one was the Arrow Head Motel, which was added to the list last year. Prevo says this year the commission is exploring the idea of a “ghost sign.”

“And that’s where, perhaps it’s seven in the morning, you’re eating breakfast outside, and you glance up at one of the old downtown buildings – and you just happen to make out the sign that was there in 1904 for such and such furniture shop, or such and such haberdashery," Prevo says.

Being added to the list of notable properties doesn’t place any restrictions on what owners can do with the properties. Prevo says the list is more about promoting community awareness of historic properties in Columbia.

As of Friday, the commission had not received any nominations for its 2013 list of notable properties. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 1.