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To quote a recent Columbia Tribune article: The site, though, contains the oldest still-standing structure in the city and a choice for Columbia's 2013 Most Notable Historic Properties. Built in 1837 by Gen. Richard Gentry and his wife, Ann Gentry, who were considered founders of the original town of Columbia, it housed Columbia Female Academy, a precursor to Stephens College.
By 1897, it was owned by Frederick Niedermeyer and Turner Gordon, who added two wings to the building and turned it into the Gordon Hotel. Mark Twain was believed to have stayed there and given a speech at a dinner when he visited Columbia to receive an honorary law degree from the University of Missouri. In 1921, Niedermeyer would convert the building into the Niedermeyer Apartments, said Deb Sheals, a historic preservation consultant who has studied the property's history.
(photograph by Alli Inglebright of the Columbia Missourian)
Fred Schmidt, Ward 1 Council Representative
Gary Kespohl, Ward 3 Council Representative
Barbara Hoppe, Ward 6 Council Representative
Bob McDavid, Mayor
Please do everything in your power to stop the demolition of the Niedermeyer house!
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Decision-maker Barbara Hoppe responds:
We need to think long and hard before destroying this building and replacing it with a skyscraper. Please support the abeyance.
Please stop the demolition of the Niedermeyer Aprtments. I've been involved in numerous historic rehabilation projects and feel that this property has great potential to be rehabilitated and returned to use. We need to take a little tim...
We cannot keep every historic buildings, but we also cannot afford to ignore those resources that help define our community. Please do everything you can to prevetn demolition of the Niedermeyer Apartments!
I feel very passionate about saving this old house. Some developers (not all) are far too quick to destroy our historical and cultural landmarks for their own greed. We have lost too much to stand idly by while this happens. Thanks to my ...
You have flooded my inbox with automatic notifications. I pridemyslefon reading every email I get and responding to constituents. Political space is finite, I have a full time job. I am supportive of taking steps to save the building but ...
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